VBM Domobar Original Espresso Machine


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VBM Domobar Original Espresso Machine

The Domobar Original is VBM’s single boiler espresso machine model. Geared mainly for making espresso with the capability to froth milk for the occasional cappuccino. If you steam or froth a lot of milk, this is not the machine for you. If you want a simple, quality built machine without all the electronics to make espresso, this is clearly a superb choice.

Single boiler system:
  • Copper – The boiler is copper which retains heat better than stainless steel. Typically copper boilers are more susceptible to limescale when you compare to stainless steel boilers. Therefore, we highly recommend using a water softener.
  • ***Dual purpose – Capability to froth milk.
E-61 grouphead:
  • True Faema E-61 – The original E-61 by Carlo Ernesto Valente who brought the design from Faema to VBM. More heavy duty than other E-61 groupheads on the market.
  • Constantly heated – Hot water circulates from the heat exchanger through the grouphead and back to keep the grouphead and your portafilter nice and hot. As a result the grouphead temperature constant and stable when you compare to other groupheads that have a built-in heating element.
  • Pre-infusion – Lever next to the grouphead activates a microswitch which turns on the pump to pump water through the coffee grinds. Pulling the lever half way up will open the valve to allow water into the grouphead without activating the pump. Please note that true pre-infusion requires the direct water connection whereby the water pressure from the water line creates the true pre-infusion.
Vibratory pump:
  • Efficient – 41 watts, rated up to 15 bar with air valve bypass. You only need 9 bar to extract perfect espresso, and wattage has no correlation to longevity.
  • Cost effective – Pumps will degrade in performance over time. Replacing a vibration pump will cost less than a rotary vane pump.
Tank / reservoir system:
  • Particle filter – Protects the machine from any unseen particles from entering the boiler. You can remove this filter if you are installing an inline water softener.
  • Auto-shut off – Prevents burning out the heating element. The water tank sits on a spring activated plate. Once the water is low, the plate depresses the tank microswitch which turns off the heating element.
Steam wand:
  • Swivel – Bi-directional. Helps prevent from hitting, and possibly scratching the body panel.
  • 2-hole steam tip – Allows for a slow gradual build-up of microfoam.
  • Rotational knobs – Allows for easier control of the intensity.
  • Hot water – Also the capability of producing hot water for tea or hot chocolate.
Pressure gauge:
  • Brew (pump) pressure – Ranges from 0 – 16 bar.
  • Body panel – Stainless steel wrap around body panel. Polished to a mirror finish. The bottom portion is in black and the upper portion is in polished stainless steel.
  • Easy access to the inside – First remove the top cover. Then remove the 5 screws (2 on each side, 1 on the back) and the wrap-around body slides off.
  • Minimal components – Meaning less maintenance & less stuff to repair.
  • Feet – Low profile to keep overall height low. Made of rubber to help prevent unit from sliding on your countertop.
  • Color accent – Available in black or white.
Accessories included:
  • Portafilters – Single spout portafilter and a dual spout portafilter. The neck has the VBM brand imprint, similar to the one on the grouphead.
  • Filter baskets – 1-cup filter basket which holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup filter basket which holds approximately 14 grams. Blind filter basket which you use for backflushing. 58 mm in diameter.
  • Tamper – A cheap plastic tamper. Manufacturers will normally include a tamper like this to keep the overall selling price of the machine low. We recommend upgrading to a better tamper.
  • Cleaning brush – A simple brush for cleaning the grouphead. Ergonomically designed with an angle for easier usage.
  • Coffee scoop – A simple plastic scoop if you are using preground coffee.
  • Instruction manual – Written in 5 languages: Spanish, German, French, English, Italian.

For more VBM equipment, please visit our VBM brands page. If you have any questions, please reference the Q&A tab on each product page.

Additional information


VBM (Vibiemme)

Height (inches)

14, approximate

Width (inches)

9, approximate

Depth (inches)

16.5, approximate

Weight (pounds)


Wattage (watts)


Voltage (volts)

110 – 120

Boiler capacity (liters)


Portafilter size (mm)


Country of manufacture

Milan, Italy



  1. Two stage power switch (on/off): Requires particular attention upon initial machine startup – when powering on for the first time, please make sure the intake reservoir hose (has large particle filter) draws in water. Once the pump activates for a several seconds and release, squeeze this hose for 3 seconds. If you hear a different pump noise, the pump is working. If the pump sounds the same, power down machine and contact us. If you hear no pump noise for the first 30 seconds of powering on, power down the machine and call us as a wire may have come off the pump.
  2. 220 volt version: This machine is available in 110 volt configuration only. 220-240 volt units are NOT available for ordering.
  3. Some assembly required: Feet are not attached to the machine.
  4. Warranty: Effective February 8, 2017, shipping to / from our facility is not included under warranty.



Common Parts

Technical Support

Warranty Information

Who handles the warranty

Eligible warranty for Vibiemme home equipment is handled by 1st-line Equipment or representative thereof. If you have purchased your Vibiemme equipment from another retailer (not 1st-line Equipment), you must contact them first in order to get your equipment serviced under warranty.

What does the warranty cover

The warranty is limited to manufacturer’s defects only.

Regarding espresso machines: Limescale buildup can lead to problems with your machine. The warranty will not cover any repairs if our technicians find limescale in your machine. Although descaling can be a good alternative to remove limescale causing minerals (calcium and magnesium), we strongly suggest that prevention is the best form of maintenance. The reason is that descalers can cause wear and tear on components inside an espresso machine. This includes gaskets, o-rings, and other metal components. However, where there is a clog somewhere, descaling will be a necessity on the specified part, area, or entire machine.

Regarding coffee grinders: As with all coffee grinders, it is very important to only change grind settings when the unit is powered on and the burrs are in motion. If you do not do this, the burrs will ‘gunk’ up and require cleaning by you every time this occurs. Changing the grind settings when the burrs are not in motion will render the grinder to only produce very coarse grinds or no grinds at all. If this result occurs, this will be considered operator error for lack of following directions, and not be classified as a defective grinder.

When does the warranty expire

The manufacturer’s warranty on new equipment is good for a period of 1 year from date of receipt which covers parts. Labor warranties may vary depending on the company you purchase from. Vibiemme products may have an extended warranty limited to manufacturer’s defect and will specifically state the extended period of time on your receipt.

Where will my equipment be serviced

In most cases, your Vibiemme equipment must be sent to a repair facility. If 1st-line Equipment will be servicing your equipment, you must either ship it or drop off at our facility in New Jersey.

How do I send in my equipment in for repair

If you are inside the warranty period and have purchased it from us, please contact us. Please be ready to provide the following information: invoice# of purchase, model of equipment, and a detailed description of the issue.

If you are outside the warranty period, whether you have purchased the equipment from us or not, please order a diagnosis. Please note that wait times can be up to 8 weeks. Our technical support staff can have a back log of repairs. As an alternative we have a listing of 3rd party repair companies across the USA that can assist you.

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    1. 0 votes
      A All fixed thanks with a multiple application of vinegar and a gentle probe with a bamboo kebab stick! Machine is running well. Thanks a lot for the support.
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      A Back to back espresso can be made due to the heavy E61 grouphead and larger boiler.
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      Q Is the brew pressure adjustable? answer now
      Asked on July 18, 2019 6:34 pm

      The maximum pressure can be adjusted through the overpressure valve or OPV. The other way is the resistance created by the coffee puck - this entails the grind fineness, the amount of ground espresso coffee in the basket, and the tamp pressure - all of which create resistance for the pump to covercome when pumping water.

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      Q Can this VBM machine be used with ESE pods? answer now
      Asked on October 12, 2018 10:47 pm

      Yes, there is a special pod portafilter for single dose E.S.E. pods.

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