jeez you people are really bad for me, i have been reading and reading and reading, Internet sites, books, magazines, i just recently got my first rea= l espresso machine, and i already want to upgrade, i want a Brewtus, or an Andreja Premium, or Vivaldi S1or maybe a Livia 90 semi auto. Jeez i cant even come close to affording one of those!!!!! Is the Rancillio Silvia the closest thing to them in its price range, when = i upgrade i want to do it considerably, not just a small step, is the Silvia really a semi pro model, will it make continuous shots, and does it make real micro foam for pouring latte art?? thanks for ruining my enjoyment of coffee ;) p.s. my wife and friends thought i was crazy before, they think i am really nuts now (and i am!!!) -- "I must crush you"
On Feb 16, 2006, at 3:59 PM, Woody DeCasere wrote: <Snip> No. Not a "prosumer" like the HX machines, but a very high-end home- only machine. <Snip> Yes, but..... Eventually the boiler will need refilling since it does not have auto- fill, and temps will drop. I was able to get two pair of shots at a time without having to refill the boiler (via the steamwand and brew switch) before either temp-surfing or boiler refilling. <Snip> Oh, yes. Relatively slow steaming, which with a thermometer gives pinpoint control for silky microfoam. But not right after or right before pulling a shot--gotta wait in either case. Sandy www.sandyandina.com
<Snip> With or without the PID mod? <Snip> You get no sympathy from me, I was once happy with my Mr. Coffee "pump model" espresso machine, now I'm struggling to decide between a Brewtus II and a Vivaldi S1. What i really want is a few features from each of them. Silvia does seem like a cool machine if you like to "hot rod" things. Good luck! Randy
If PID'd no need to surf and keep filling reservoir. With PID a real good machine
Quoting Woody DeCasere : <Snip> I've had the Silvia since last August, and I PIDded it about 2 months after I bought it. With PID, it makes great espresso, and if you have the patience to wait 2 minutes after you pull the shot, fantastic steam power. (Oh, do the pressure adjustment first, though. Then naked portafilter. Then PID.) Yet ... I find myself wanting to upgrade to an HX. The steam thing is a bit annoying, but that's only a once-a-day problem for me, and I don't entertain coffee lovers often, but mostly I'd like to have a machine that has the stability for back-to-back shots. I suspect the quality of my espressos and cappas won't improve all that much with an HX. (I'm just beginning to get into blending coffee, and it takes a lot of experimenting.) So, I might have a PIDded Silvia for sale shortly if I can find a good deal on an HX. The Silvia is such a popular machine that (apparently) you can get most of your money back for it when you decide to upgrade later. That is what I am hoping for :) I don't remember what grinder you have. A good grinder is more important than deciding between a Silvia and a GS3. -Paul
At 05:55 PM 2/16/2006, Paul wrote: <Snip> Don't forget auto-fill mod! That little mod makes refilling the reservoir a chore of the past.http://www.terrystockdale.com/coffee/autofilling_silvia.php-- Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA My Coffee Pages:http://www.terrystockdale.com/hottopMy RK Drum pages: http://www.terrystockdale.com/rkdrum">http://www.terrystockdale.com/coffeeMy Hottop pages:http://www.terrystockdale.com/hottopMy RK Drum pages: http://www.terrystockdale.com/rkdrum
Look for a used one of these, (not the auto like also listed)http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-FAEMA-C85-Compact-S-1-1-Group-Espresso-Machine-NR_W0QQitemZ7589973814QQcategoryZ53187QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemIn unknown condition (like all on ebay) about $500. I have two, it just fits under the kitchen counter. Don't get the auto, if the electonics go you are in trouble. Woody DeCasere wrote: <Snip> -- There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
<Snip> Not correct. While pulling a shot with a single boiler machine like Silvia the boiler is drawing water in at about the same rate is is pushing it out for the shot. Re-filling boiler issue only occurs when steaming which does not draw water into the boiler. Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.http://www.mdm.livingfreeandclear.com