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Topic: Thanks for Silvia vs Gaggia advice... (12 msgs / 238 lines)
1) From: Wendy Sarrett
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I want to thank all of you who responded to my Silvia vs Gaggia query.
I decided to go for the Miss Silvia.  Hopefully I'll have her by the end
of next week!

2) From: jim gundlach
     I don't think you will regret the decision.  The only problem is 
that you will not have the Gaggia experience to compare it with.
     Jim Gundlach
On Thursday, December 19, 2002, at 06:28 PM, Wendy Sarrett wrote:
have her 
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3) From: Wendy Sarrett
Yes,  I think so...As I said, I should get it next week and Iím quite
excited about it.  Of course I was just telling my Dad about it when we
were talking during the "Survivor" commercial,we're both watching the
finalle and confir after each vote, and he thought I was nuts to spend
$400...can't see an espresso machine being worth that.  I of course
didn't mention how much some of the true high end units cost...no point
in going there :-).

4) From: jim gundlach
     When you get Miss Silvia paired up with the Rocky you will be ready =
to pull some great shots.  You have roasted your own coffee for a while =
now so have some rested and ready.  Clear the doser on the Rocky and 
set it six notches above zero or where the burrs touch, which ever is 
higher.  Fill the Silvia's tank, heat it up, and run a couple of passes =
of hot water through the filter.  Fill the filter and tamp at about 30 =
pounds of pressure.  Mount the filter and run for about 23 to 25 
seconds.  You should get a good double shot out of it with at least a 
quarter of inch of crema.  If not, let the list know how it doesn't 
measure up and you can get help adjusting the grind/tamp to get what 
you want.
     Jim Gundlach
On Thursday, December 19, 2002, at 08:43 PM, Wendy Sarrett wrote:
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5) From: Wendy Sarrett
Thanks Jim,
I got an email from fedex and if it's correct Miss Silvia should arrive
tomorrow (Sat.)  We'll see...they said the Rocky would arrive yesterday
and it didn't happen.  When I spoke with fedex the guy said they're
backed up.  Since nothing has shown up since Wednesday afternoon on
their scans I'll have to ping them again.  I have to get everything down
by ~August when my Folks visit so I can show my Dad what Miss Silvia can
do. :-)
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6) From: Rick Farris
Wendy wrote:
When I was in the FedEx office yesterday (Thursday) I heard two of the
drivers talking about how Memphis had iced over and the airport closed
Wednesday night.  That's a problem with a hub-based system like that...
-- Rick
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7) From: Wendy Sarrett
Rick wrote:
drivers talking about how Memphis had iced over and the airport 
Yep...Rocky managed to get on a truck but it was never delivered because
I think it got too late before the driver got to this area, due to the
backlog of packages to be delivered. My guess is the driver returned to
Alexandria with the remaining packages (including Rocky) to try again
tomorrow.  Miss Silvia apparently left PA just before midnight and so
perhaps they'll both show up tomorrow.  My stuff has gone strictly
ground and according to the lady I spoke with tonight there was bad
weather in PA as well which was probably the issue with my shipment.
Heck, they're still recovering from the harsh weather we had last week
(ice storm) and the week before (snow storm.)
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8) From: James Gundlach
On Saturday, December 21, 2002, at 12:52 AM, Wendy Sarrett wrote:
Thinking back to my wait for the Rocky when I was getting tired of hand 
grinding, it is time to modify the old adage  to:
    The watched (UPS, FedEx, USPS) (pick yours) never delivers.
       Jim Gundlach
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9) From: Bill
Good luck Wendy!  Fedex just brought my Rocky and Silvia, so they are out 
and about today, in the DC area at least.  I'm about to start unpacking and 
reading (and playing with them, I suspect).  And now the cats are happy 
because there are lots of boxes for them to hide in.
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10) From: Wendy Sarrett
Jim Gundlach said:
Yeah, probably so...but I get a bit anal about these things. (Especially
when we're not talking a $30 book or something.)  Rocky showed up this
morning sometime between 7:30am and 10:30am but Silvia wasn't with it.
(I found the box when I went outside briefly.  I had been home so I
don't know if the driver rang the bell or I just didn't hear it.)  Not
only did I contact Fedex but when I was walking my dog (extra long walk
as it's a beautiful 50 degrees and sunny in Northern VA today) I saw a
FedexGround truck 1/2 mile from my house and flagged him down.  Turns
out he wasn't the home delivery truck.  Best guess is she's sitting in
the local fedex facility and she never made it onto a truck
today....hopefully it will Monday as I was told they're not delivering
Tues or Wednesday (well obviously not Wednesday.)
Back to the topic of coffee.  My first reaction to Rocky was how heavy
the unit is.  I knew I bought something built like a tank but I was
still a little surprised.  (Trust me, when you pick this thing up you
KNOW it's built like a tank!!) I'm going to fire it up later and see
what it can do.  Oh, this is funny, I gave my Mom some decaf African
Highland roast when I saw her two weeks ago.  My Dad told me this
morning that he spoke to the manager of the supermarket by them and they
can grind the beans there using their commercial grinder.  I told him
that they need a grider but he doesn't see the benefit of grinding just
what you're using at the time using a cheap home grinder when he can use
the one at the store.  Oh well.. :-)
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11) From: Wendy Sarrett
See my previous post...Rocky is here :-), Silvia is AWOL :-(.
So you're in the DC metro area too?  I'm in Reston.

12) From: Bill
Yup, I'm actually in Columbia, MD - probably slightly closer to Baltimore 
than DC, but DC has more fun stuff to do, so I use that as my point of 
Hope the Silvia arrives soon!
At 02:03 PM 12/21/2002 -0500, Wendy Sarrett wrote:
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