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theDoctor
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Posted Tue Dec 28, 2010, 11:20am
Subject: Okay so I have my pre-req's narrowed down somewhat
 

Looking for a single-boiler machine-- in the $600-$700  range-- that can froth milk superbly and not give me too much hassle with pulling good shots.

The machines that I've been recommended that are currently on the table are:

Rancilio silva-- which is described as finicky
Gaggia Classi-- which is not good for frothing milk to that silky-smooth microfoam
Lelit PL041-- in which there isnt that much info out there about this machine at all.

Anything else out there?
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Posted Tue Dec 28, 2010, 11:31am
Subject: Re: Okay so I have my pre-req's narrowed down somewhat
 

The Silvia is a good machine in that particular price range. I am rather new to home espresso and just bought Miss Silvia before Christmas from Whole Latte Love.

Is it finicky? To some extent, yes. But as a newbie it took me about 2 weeks to finally pull a great shot with good crema. And I have finally got the nack of steaming microfoam to the smooth, silky texture that gleams like thick, wet paint. I got WLL on the phone and he talked me through the details. And they had several videos on their site for the Silvia specifically....topics like cleaning, descaling, frothing, pulling shots.

To see them go to the link below, click RESOURCES on the right of screen, then VIDEOS from drop down menu, then chose RANCILIO from the brands listed at left :

Click Here (www.wholelattelove.com)

Two weeks is a drop in the bucket compared to a lifetime of great espresso.
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Posted Tue Dec 28, 2010, 2:24pm
Subject: Re: Okay so I have my pre-req's narrowed down somewhat
 

theDoctor Said:

Rancilio Silva-- which is described as finicky

Posted December 28, 2010 link

True, but not impossibly so; just overpriced at approx. $650 (new) for what you get.

theDoctor Said:

Gaggia Classic -- which is not good for frothing milk to that silky-smooth microfoam

Posted December 28, 2010 link

Who said?  I never had any trouble getting nice microfoam from this machine.  Just ditch that silly "frothing wand" and/or replace the wand entirely with one from a Silvia . . .

theDoctor Said:

Lelit PL041-- in which there isnt that much info out there about this machine at all.

Posted December 28, 2010 link

Actually, a search will lead you to LOTS of information on this machine.

 
A morning without coffee is sleep . . .
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theDoctor
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Posted Tue Dec 28, 2010, 6:28pm
Subject: Re: Okay so I have my pre-req's narrowed down somewhat
 

JasonBrandtLewis Said:

True, but not impossibly so; just overpriced at approx. $650 (new) for what you get.

Who said?  I never had any trouble getting nice microfoam from this machine.  Just ditch that silly "frothing wand" and/or replace the wand entirely with one from a Silvia . . .

Actually, a search will lead you to LOTS of information on this machine.

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Sir-- you are EXCELLENT!

I've finally made up my mind.

thanks to you.

Is there a way of handing people points on this forum for being of great help?
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openhelix
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Posted Tue Dec 28, 2010, 8:59pm
Subject: Re: Okay so I have my pre-req's narrowed down somewhat
 

Sooo, don't keep us all in suspense, which one did you decide on?
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