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Topic: "miss" silva v. solis90/70 (8 msgs / 156 lines)
1) From: R.N.Kyle
Good choice, I"m jealous, but I have always heard the good things come =
to those who wait.
But I'm not a patient person :O)
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC

2) From: ginny powell
well looks to me like my decission is between our infamous "miss silva" or
the solis 90/70 and a rocky doserless grinder.
so what do the experts here have to say about the miss v. solis
thanks in advance,
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3) From: jim gundlach
I currently have a SL-90.  I wish I had a Miss Silvia.  The 58mm filter 
versus the 53, the three way solenoid to prevent blow-outs when you 
remove the filter when it has steam pressure.  I've found the consumer 
extras like semi-automatic buttons and pressurized filter to be more of 
a nuisance than a help.  And it just does not have that good solid feel 
to it that the Silvia does.  I also feel that the extra complex 
controls also make the prospect for failure more likely.
With Silvia envy
in La Place, Alabama
Jim Gundlach
On Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at 03:30 PM, ginny powell wrote:
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4) From: ginny powell
Thanks for your response.  Me thinks I will order my "miss silva" asap along
with the rocky grinder.
Seems I can toss these articles in my vehicle for great road food.
warmest regards,

5) From: Ben Treichel
If you but both from the same place at the same time, they might 
discount, or throw in a SS drawer base for both to sit on. Whole Latte 
Love gave 15 or 16 of us a good deal on our Rocky's thru a group buy. 
Talk to Todd there and see what they might do for the unit.
FYI, your not going to get any better equipment for the price than the 
Rocky and the Silvia.
ginny powell wrote:

6) From: Les & Becky
I ditto your insights and am saving for a Miss Silvia.  Mike McKoffee has a
Miss Silvia, and I doubt that anyone uses a machine for home use more
serious than he does, and experiencing his tells me that it is the way to go
in the under $1,000 price range.  I am not saying he abuses his machine!
What I am saying is that he uses his much more than 90% of us and I was very
impressed by the shots and the way it worked.  Mike put her through the
paces when I was visiting and she was wonderful!

7) From: Mike McGinness
Guess I ought to reply to Ginny's query. I've had Miss Silvia going on a
year now and if had to do it again would only do one thing different. I
would have gotten her sooner!
I'd also suggest you check out espresso machine reviews on Coffeegeek.com...
MM;-) aka Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
Frankenformer Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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8) From: The Scarlet Wombat
I would pretty much agree with Jim about the sl90.  I use one with good 
success, but would prefer an ECM Giotto.  The 90 is a nice espresso maker, 
and until I can afford the Giotto, it will do nicely, but I find the 
temperature variations to be maddening, and I must say, the Silvia would 
have the same issue.
However, the Silvia would have several advantages over the 90.
When I first got the 90, it was invaluable to me as I can't see and having 
the premeasured programs was the only way I could learn the correct 
quantities for shots, but now, I can tell when I've drawn enough by the 
sound of the froth and liquid hitting the cup and no longer use the various 
programmed amounts, just run it manually, so I no longer need the advantage 
of the cpu, but it was surely nice to learn with.  Perhaps that's it, it is 
a marvelous learning machine.
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