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Topic: Any Silvia User? (6 msgs / 137 lines)
1) From: Juan Bustillo
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Hello Everyone 
Are there any users among this helpful group?  I would like to hear your =
comments on this machine. I am planning on getting a Silvia and a Solis =
Maestro.
Regards
Juan

2) From: Greg Scace
Hi:
Silvia Rocks!!  She's a great machine.  I posted a review of Silvia on 
coffeegeek.com last year that sums up my opinion of the machine.  If you 
want a hands on machine and like the process of making espresso as much as 
the drink, and if the need for simultaneous steaming and brewing is not too 
important to you, than Silvia is a helluva deal.
WRT the Maestro, I bought a Maestro for my inlaws and have some experience 
with it.  I also own a Rocky.  I would recommend ponying up the bucks for a 
Rocky if at all possible.  IMO, you should not skimp on the 
grinder.  Silvia has enough power to blow through the finest grind produced 
by many grinders, so you will need a grinder that can produce very fine and 
consistent grinds.  Rocky will certainly do this with aplomb.  This may be 
at the limit of the Maestro's capability.
-Greg
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3) From: EuropaChris
The Silvia is still the best, IMHO, at it's price point.  You can always modify it later on with a PID temperature control, and have a machine that will rival anything out there.  The stock portafilter is nice, but I have the Rancilio commercial portafilter on mine and I love it.  I don't think the espresso cares, but I like it.
Regarding the grinder.  I had the Solis 166 for a while.  It started out working very well, but rapidly wore out and deteriorated to where I could not get a good shot.  I replaced it with the Rocky and just love it.  HUGE difference.  The Maestro has the same guts as the 166, so I think it will be the same issue.  Spend the extra money and buy the Rocky, you'll never have to buy another grinder.
Chris
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4) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
"Silvia has enough power to blow through the finest grind produced by many
grinders, so you will need a grinder that can produce very fine and
consistent grinds.  Rocky will certainly do this with aplomb.  This may be
at the limit of the Maestro's capability." wrote Greg.
We do not own a Silvia, but own an Isomac Téa and Solis Maestro.  I believe
that Téa is not less powerful as compared to Silvia, but our Maestro can
grind few steps finer than the "fine" we use for a "1.0 oz in 28 seconds"
shot after an about 25 lb tamp and polishing. Our Maestro is capable to
produce very finely ground coffee for Turkish or Greek coffee.
I am not saying that I do not want and do not plan to buy a Rocky or
Mini-Mazzer -- I do. But in our experience, our about nine months old
Maestro is a good grinder for the money.
Cheers, Lubos
After looking at Silvia, Livia, Giotto and several similar machines
including Isomac Téa, I have decided to get the Téa. I still think I would
make the same decision.
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5) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Juan Bustillo" 
Are there any users among this helpful group?  I would like to hear your
comments on this machine. I am planning on getting a Silvia and a Solis
Maestro.
My current setup is just that Miss Silvia and Solis Maestro. I'd say Miss
Silvia yes (as long as you know her limitations) Maestro no. If you plan on
a lot of milk based beverage brewing single boiler designs like Miss Silvia
are a pain. Takes so much time temp wise going back and forth between shot
temp & froth temp. I do very little milk based so no biggy;-) Even for
straight shots (be it for espresso, Americano, Cafe' Crema) temp surfing
each shot if making more than a few back to back can also be tedious. (when
entertaining) Wish she had a water level indicator but have only run her out
of water twice in 7 months.
The Maestro will work marginally for espresso, but only for a short period
of time then it's down hill. I got the Maestro a couple months before Miss
Silvia for Vac & Press brewing. Worked great. After a couple months using
the Maestro for espresso grinding the burrs wear flat. (nature of the burr
carrier design, too much slop) Result more grind dust, more uneven grind.
Unfortunately only the upper burr is user replaceable leaving the lower burr
dull (half the cutting surface!) I replaced the upper burr a couple weeks
ago which helped some but nothing like new... a Mazzer Mini will be joining
the family for Christmas.
Don't skimp on the grinder. You'll most likely end up buying a better one
later if you do. For espresso grinding the Solis Maestro is skimping,
IMNSHO. I've never owned the Rocky but by all reports it does a great grind
at lower cost than Mazzer Mini. I'm going with the MM for ease of use
reasons and finer grind adjust capabilities.
Have you spent time on coffeegeek site reading all the reviews etc?
MM;-)
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting in Vancouver, WA USA
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6) From: DJ Garcia
Juan,
As an ex-Sylvia user, I can tell you that for under $400, nacht, under
$600, you can't do any better. After many problem-free years I recently
switched to a Wega Mininova, which is in the commercial league. I still
have Sylvie as a backup :-). Not only is it built like a (beautiful)
tank, the commercial size portafilter is great. I actually never used
the original teflon-coated one, and bought myself a La Marzocco
portafilter, which I now use with the Mininova.
Enjoy it!
DJ
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