theDoctor Senior Member Joined: 25 Dec 2010 Posts: 8 Location: St. Louis, MO Expertise: Just starting
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.
LindyPindy Senior Member Joined: 1 Dec 2008 Posts: 38 Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
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 :
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