JasonBrandtLewis Senior Member Joined: 9 Dec 2005 Posts: 6,100 Location: Berkeley, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -... Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -... Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup Drip: CCD, Chemex Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:20am Subject: Re: First Machine - Rancilio Silvia or Ascaso Steel Uno w/PID
Keep in mind that Rancilio has made very few changes (and those relatively minor) to the Silvia AND the Rocky in (proverbially) "forever." And while they were considered to be the "top" machines for home use, that train left the station "umpteen" years ago. The Silvia still holds its own, remains popular, and continues to get recommendation -- and justifiably so. The Rocky, on the other hand, has long been surpassed by a number of grinders, most notably by the Baratzas . . . .
Both should work well and exceed the Rocky. Look at the Baratza site for refurbs. Preciso refurb has been $239 + shipping of about $10 - 15. Also good Vario refurb prices, subject to availability, mostly Thursday mornings.
Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:38am Subject: Re: First Machine - Rancilio Silvia or Ascaso Steel Uno w/PID
You can do all your research on the Preciso right here on CG. For consistency and reliability in an espresso grinder, I recommend you look for a grinder with a rigid burr carrier. I've been watching and waiting for the fix from Baratza since the Preciso was introduced.....
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