Forget the Topazio if it has an aluminum PF--you won't have enough
mass to retain heat the way brass does, and it'lll pit and corrode.
I used to have Krups machines (pump, not steam toy), and their
aluminum PFs were just too flimsy to heat properly. Gaggias have
aluminum boilers, too, which are not as good as brass, but at least
the brass PFs and groups are good compromises.
On Jul 7, 2006, at 11:42 AM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
Forget the Topazio if it has an =
aluminum PF--you won't have enough mass to retain heat the way brass =
does, and it'lll pit and corrode. I used to have Krups machines =
(pump, not steam toy), and their aluminum PFs were just too flimsy to =
heat properly. Gaggias have aluminum boilers, too, which are not as =
good as brass, but at least the brass PFs and groups are good =
On Jul 7, 2006, at 11:42 AM, miKe mcKoffee =
No, I was referring to the =
Gaggia Espresso or Carezza, both have the sameinternals as the higher priced Gaggia's but with no =
3-way valve. Haven'theard any feedback on the =
Topazio which appears to use different internalsthan the other Gaggia's (notably 680 watts instead =
of 1425 watts) plusaluminum instead of chromed =
brass portafilter. Not saying it won't do thejob, but if was my money I'd go for a $275cdn =
refurb/buyer's remorse GaggiaEspresso they =
have offered over the $239cdn Topazio.
By all =
accounts the SL70 is also a good starter machine. However, instead =
of$399cdn for SL70 I'd go less expensive Gaggia =
and save the differencetowards =
future grinder upgrade. The Maestro will likely get you by forawhile, I used it for 6 months with the very finicky =
Silvia, but the burrstend to dull rather fast =
grinding for espresso, you will get better longerterm results from a better grinder.
Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffeeURL to Rosto =
mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint=.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmfirst not know. And in knowing =
know I know not. Each Personal enlightenmentfound exploring the many divergent foot steps of =
Those who have gone before.
in] On Behalf Of Vicki =
SmithSent: Friday, July 07, 2006 8:27 =
Mike, I'd appreciate it if you would take a gander =
at this page http://www.espressotec.co=m/hegaggia.asp and let me know if the =
machine at $239 is what you are talking about. Despite the =
current strength of our =
dollar, things are still more expensive in Canada.
I had =
been thinking about the Solis Crema SL 70, at a tad under $400 here. I =
have the Maestro grinder.
Expense wise it can seem =
daunting. But you can get into decent home espresso for not much more than a =
Technivorn (entry level Gaggia ~$200 and often can be found for sale used)assuming =
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