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callister
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Posted Thu Sep 25, 2008, 11:09am
Subject: new machine?
 

Hi,

A friend recently gave me his old gaggia espresso machine, its 8 - 10 years old and I've really been enjoying it. He upgraded and gave me his old machine. I've been thinking of upgrading myself as the gaggia is a big ugly old black plastic thing. The coffee seems good to a beginner like me but I'm pining for a new one. Do you old pros think I would benefit from a new Rancilio Silvia? Or should I keep the Gaggia.

help!
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Posted Thu Sep 25, 2008, 11:14am
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If your happy with the Gaggia you may find a Silvia a lateral move.  Gaggia represents a great value in single boiler espresso machines.

Consider a new Gaggia or perahps a Quickmill Alexia for more robust features or even consider a dual boiler or HX machine (each class has its own advantages and disadvantages).

But frankly if your happy with the coffee from the Gaggia, then why upgrade at all?

 
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Posted Thu Sep 25, 2008, 1:08pm
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Tim,

That's good advice. I should just work the Gaggia into the ground. That quickmill is a fine looking machine but just a little pricey.

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