aspenedelen Senior Member Joined: 20 Jan 2010 Posts: 3 Location: S. Dakota Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed Jan 20, 2010, 7:43am Subject: Where to buy and can I get this setup for less?
I am highly considering the Vario grinder and the Rancilio Silvia package together b/c that is what most of the consensus is for a setup right around 1K. Anyone agree to disagree? Thoughts ideas? thanks and have a great day!!
rsmoke Senior Member Joined: 20 Jan 2010 Posts: 1 Location: NC Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Silvia V3 Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Wed Jan 20, 2010, 9:21am Subject: Re: Where to buy and can I get this setup for less?
I just purchased this exact setup. It seemed to me that it was a bit of toss up between Gaggia Classic and Silvia; I ended up going with the Silvia, though not really for any profound reason. I like the better resale value, though again you pay more up front. I was tempted to wait a bit and get an entry level HX machine, but decided in the end I will do almost exclusively shots (very little to no milk drinks) so a single boiler was ok to start. I bought from Chris' Coffee and service has been good, though I'm still waiting on the Silvia as it is out of stock; should be in by end of January I was told when I purchased. I decided to go with them because of all the positive reviews, despite the known wait on the Silvia. Until then I've been using the Vario and my Moka pot. I'm having a little trouble dialing in the grind for the Moka (getting a bitter brew), but poor quality beans may be the culprit (better beans on the way...). The Vario is very easy to operate/adjust and with the new control board (CC installed for me) you don't have to worry about losing power.
Also, remember to budget for all of the accessories - backflush disk, knock box, heavy duty tamper, possibly bottomless portafilter, etc. This can add up as well! :)
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