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ejeckert
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Posted Tue May 8, 2007, 3:21pm
Subject: Rancilio Silvia vs Expobar Office Pulser
 

Ok I have a Siliva and like it.  But have had the pleasure to see the Expobar in action and really like the speed and power...it isn't much bigger then the Silvia but stay far more temp stable than the Silvia does.  I have only had a few espresso shots from it and don't recall how much I like it...for I had tried tons of shots that day...at a few different espresso machine shop (William Sonoma and others).  My question is how good are the shots from the Expobar compared to the Silvia.  I am strongly considering selling my silvia instead of investing in a PID and going with the Expobar Office.  How does everyone feel.  I wish I just would have gotten the Expobar to begin with.  I don't know.  Hesitant and confused.  Any help with do.  Depending on what i find I might have a 2 month old Silvia for sale...maybe...lets see what everyone says first.  Thanks

 
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Posted Thu May 10, 2007, 2:09pm
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia vs Expobar Office Pulser
 

ejeckert Said:

Ok I have a Siliva and like it.  But have had the pleasure to see the Expobar in action and really like the speed and power...it isn't much bigger then the Silvia but stay far more temp stable than the Silvia does.  I have only had a few espresso shots from it and don't recall how much I like it...for I had tried tons of shots that day...at a few different espresso machine shop (William Sonoma and others).  My question is how good are the shots from the Expobar compared to the Silvia.  I am strongly considering selling my silvia instead of investing in a PID and going with the Expobar Office.  How does everyone feel.  I wish I just would have gotten the Expobar to begin with.  I don't know.  Hesitant and confused.  Any help with do.  Depending on what i find I might have a 2 month old Silvia for sale...maybe...lets see what everyone says first.  Thanks

Posted May 8, 2007 link

The machine (more or less) is not going to make better or worse shots.  It is going to depend on the beans, the grinder and the technique more than anything.  That said, the Office is a HX and is going to make your life much easier if you enjoy milk with your espresso.  Other than that there isn't going to be a huge difference, at least not in the quality of your drinks.  The Office has a larger boiler, a larger reservoir, pre-infusion, and I like the looks of the Office much better than that of the Sylvia.  These are all things I would expect when I am paying nearly double the cost, but it doesn't hurt to repeat.  You may want to also look into the Quickmill line...

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Posted Sat May 12, 2007, 11:49am
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia vs Expobar Office Pulser
 

The Silvia, like any single boiler home machine, requires temp surfing to get the best results.  The HX Pulser requires only a cooling flush.  Because of the much larger boiler in the Pulser the temp stability is far better.  Both machines can produce outstanding espresso, but, the Pulser is much easier to use and far more consistant.

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