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vpallari
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 3:44pm
Subject: RIP Starbucks Sirena
 

After 5 years, 4 months, 3 days and literally thousands of shots of espresso, my Sirena has died.   Its probably not completely dead, my guess is the boiler is all gummed up since the pump seems to be pumping away without any output.  Since I only payed 250, I kind of feel like I got my moneys worth and now Im looking to upgrade to something a bit more sophisticated.  It was actually a pretty good machine.  Came to temperature quickly, really produced a nice shot of espresso after messing with the beans and grind (even if the auto tamping and build in creme disc made it so easy a monkey could do it) frothed milk with ease, and pumped out water just hot enough for a quick cup of tea.   So I guess what Im looking for is suggestions.   Here's my criteria

- Under $1000, preferably around the 500 mark
- Super autos seem to take all the fun out.  Internal grind and tamp gives ya no wiggle room. Plus I spent 200 on a burr grinder that is in its prime.  So I think Im looking for at the auto/semi auto category
- Frothing power is a plus as the miss's loves her lattes/caps and froth is my secret ingredient in my award winning hot chocolate (awards dispensed by my children)

SO where does that leave me?  Suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Posted Sun Sep 15, 2013, 7:42am
Subject: Re: RIP Starbucks Sirena
 

Here are 3 that I would consider in your apporoximate price range.

http://www.chriscoffee.com/Quickmill-Silvano-p/4005.htm

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/crossland-coffee-cc1

Click Here (www.wholelattelove.com)

Here is another well respected machine with a lower price.

Click Here (www.wholelattelove.com)

 
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Roaster: Poppery II
Posted Sun Sep 15, 2013, 7:44am
Subject: Re: RIP Starbucks Sirena
 

Here are 3 that I would consider in your apporoximate price range.

http://www.chriscoffee.com/Quickmill-Silvano-p/4005.htm

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/crossland-coffee-cc1

Click Here (www.wholelattelove.com)

 
-Scott
“Coffee - the favorite drink of the civilized world.”
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vpallari
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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 8:29am
Subject: Re: RIP Starbucks Sirena
 

Thanks for the suggestions.  Im also looking into the Breville BES900XL with the dual boilers.  Anybody have opinions on the Breville?
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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2013, 8:58am
Subject: Re: RIP Starbucks Sirena
 

Lots of opinions there, they mostly break down into if someone owns one, they like it or it's warranty replacement, or the replacement for the replacement.

A lot of others of us, had hopes for it but China production and a less than spotless quality record have us advising against.

YMMV!

 
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sweaner
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Roaster: Poppery II
Posted Wed Sep 18, 2013, 6:48pm
Subject: Re: RIP Starbucks Sirena
 

An updated version of the Breville Dual Boiler is on the way, possibly by Christmas.

 
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fijifan
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Posted Mon Sep 23, 2013, 4:11pm
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I also had a Sirena and it went bad in a few years. I bought a Rancilio Silvia and It is so much better that the Sirena. The learning curve is a little steeper but worth the effort. I had a problem with the grinder (also from Starbucks) but bought a Baratza Priciso and am happy with it so far. I bought both the Rancilio and the baratza from first in coffee and saved on sales tax.
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