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Topic: Silvia, Procrastinator's Remorse, and Aaaaarrrrgggggghhh!!!! (6 msgs / 274 lines)
1) From: Rudy Ramsey
I say again, "Aaaaarrrrgggggghhh!!!!". Ah, that feels better. Well, a little
better. Oops, the pain is coming back now. :-)
 
This last spring and summer, we ripped out our kitchen, took out a wall,
extended the kitchen out 9 feet, and installed a completely redesigned
kitchen in which everything is new except two ovens and one garbage
disposal. The new kitchen includes a beverage center with a roasting cabinet
(exhaust fan venting outside), beverage sink, instant hot and cold water, a
small beverage refrigerator, and various other goodies. Among the features
is a countertop area which *finally* provides enough space to thing about
having an espresso machine. There's a nice spot there that's reserved for my
new Rancilio Sylvia.
 
I decided to wait to buy the Sylvia until the kitchen was done, which wasn't
until early fall. At just the time I was ready to buy it, Sweet Maria's ran
out of them. I see now that this was part of the model changeover, so that's
probably all to the good. However there then began a series of "resupply
postponed until..." messages, the latest of which says April. That will be a
year since I was ready to buy the Sylvia, which will be my first espresso
machine.
 
So now I'm finding myself weighing my considerable brand loyalty to Tom and
Maria against my real desire to get a Sylvia while I still have some
lifespan left. ;-)  I would really like to buy this from Sweet Maria's, both
because of the aforementioned brand loyalty and because they put some neat
goodies in the package, but I really don't want to continue to see the date
pushed back indefinitely. I've already waited a year, in a sense, since I
decided to get an espresso machine.
 
Does anyone know (or, Tom, are you willing to comment) what's happening with
respect to SM's carrying the new Sylvia? Others *seem* to have it in stock.
 
Of course, once I get my Sylvia, I'll go back to wanting my Zass Turkish
Mill, but that's another story. :-)
 
Rudy

2) From: Brett Mason
You're a good man Rudy!
Brett
On 2/21/07, Rudy Ramsey  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Les
Rudy,
Why don't you avoid upgrade fever and get the Andreja.  The Silvia is a good
machine, but with all the new machines for the home barista, the Miss Silvia
is a bit out dated.  The Miss Silva isn't the easiest machine to learn
espresso.  It is hard to beat a good HX machine for home use in my opinion.
Les
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4) From: Barry Luterman
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Unless you want to move up to a double boiler. That is

5) From: miKe mcKoffee
Personally I agree that Miss Silvia isn't necessarily the great deal she
once was. Her price has continued to climb while HX machine prices have come
down. And there are a good number of respectable HX machines between Miss
Silvia and Andreja price points. Tom carries a very very limited selection
when it comes to espresso equipment. While Tom is my uno numero for greens,
he is not who I recommend for espresso equipment. Selection just too
limited, not his specialty. There are three online resources I'd recommend
just as highly for espresso equipment as I recommend Tom for greens. 
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.
Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Les
	Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 8:00 PM
	
	Rudy,
	Why don't you avoid upgrade fever and get the Andreja.  The Silvia
is a good machine, but with all the new machines for the home barista, the
Miss Silvia is a bit out dated.  The Miss Silva isn't the easiest machine to
learn espresso.  It is hard to beat a good HX machine for home use in my
opinion. 
	 
	Les
	
	On 2/21/07, Rudy Ramsey  wrote: 
		I say again, "Aaaaarrrrgggggghhh!!!!". Ah, that feels
better. Well, a little
		better. Oops, the pain is coming back now. :-) 
		
		This last spring and summer, we ripped out our kitchen, took
out a wall,
		extended the kitchen out 9 feet, and installed a completely
redesigned
		kitchen in which everything is new except two ovens and one
garbage 
		disposal. The new kitchen includes a beverage center with a
roasting cabinet
		(exhaust fan venting outside), beverage sink, instant hot
and cold water, a
		small beverage refrigerator, and various other goodies.
Among the features 
		is a countertop area which *finally* provides enough space
to thing about
		having an espresso machine. There's a nice spot there that's
reserved for my
		new Rancilio Sylvia.
		
		I decided to wait to buy the Sylvia until the kitchen was
done, which wasn't 
		until early fall. At just the time I was ready to buy it,
Sweet Maria's ran
		out of them. I see now that this was part of the model
changeover, so that's
		probably all to the good. However there then began a series
of "resupply 
		postponed until..." messages, the latest of which says
April. That will be a
		year since I was ready to buy the Sylvia, which will be my
first espresso
		machine.
		
		So now I'm finding myself weighing my considerable brand
loyalty to Tom and 
		Maria against my real desire to get a Sylvia while I still
have some
		lifespan left. ;-)  I would really like to buy this from
Sweet Maria's, both
		because of the aforementioned brand loyalty and because they
put some neat 
		goodies in the package, but I really don't want to continue
to see the date
		pushed back indefinitely. I've already waited a year, in a
sense, since I
		decided to get an espresso machine.
		
		Does anyone know (or, Tom, are you willing to comment)
what's happening with 
		respect to SM's carrying the new Sylvia? Others *seem* to
have it in stock.
		
		Of course, once I get my Sylvia, I'll go back to wanting my
Zass Turkish
		Mill, but that's another story. :-)
		
		Rudy

6) From: Les
Well said Mike.  Tom doesn't even carry a lever anymore!   He doesn't carry
a double boiler either.   Tom has said many times he doesn't make his living
off the espresso machines.  I was trying to stay true to Rudy wanting to buy
from Tom.  I am sure Tom would be happy if a lot of his folks would get
espresso machines.  I know I go through more coffee pulling shots than any
other brew method.  That means I buy more greens.
Les
On 2/21/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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