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svenne51
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 6:20pm
Subject: Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia?
 

Hi everybody,

I wonder if someone have som input for me.
I am wondering which one you think is the best machine and why.

  1. The Gaggia Classic - Click Here (www.espresso-maskiner.no)
    or
  2. Rancilio Silviia V3 - Click Here (www.espresso-maskiner.no)

I like coffee but I am not a super specialist and have a couple of lattes a day and a shot of espresso here and there.

Thank you in advance
Sven
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Iluvdabean
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Joined: 7 Mar 2005
Posts: 1,217
Location: Kentucky
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
Grinder: Baratza Preciso/K-A Pro...
Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 6:54pm
Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia?
 

I have the Gaggia Classic and have used it everyday for five years no problem. It has an aluminum boiler with the heating elements on the outside fused
into the boiler. Thus heating element corrosion doesn't occur.  Its a smaller aluminum boiler and cycles very quickly.It has never come with an adequate steam wand and many
upgrade with a Silvia replacement. Its a workhorse and built to last.Mine has been a faithful friend.

With all that said I would now buy the Rancilio Silvia based on its larger boiler and better steam wand. Its build quality is excellent as well.

One more thing though and that is the grinder is more important. Thats always mentioned here but many forget.
I would recommend the Baratza Preciso or Baratza Vario.

http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.details-gaggia.php

http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.details-rancilio.php





svenne51 Said:

Hi everybody,

I wonder if someone have som input for me.
I am wondering which one you think is the best machine and why.

The Gaggia Classic - Click Here (www.espresso-maskiner.no)
or
Rancilio Silviia V3 - Click Here (www.espresso-maskiner.no)

I like coffee but I am not a super specialist and have a couple of lattes a day and a shot of espresso here and there.

Thank you in advance
Sven

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calblacksmith
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Joined: 25 Nov 2007
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 7:32pm
Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia?
 

The price range between those two machines is quite large, what caused you to pick them?

We rather try to match a machine and grinder to your expected use rather just give an opinion on A or B.

What drinks are you going to drink?
How many drinks at a time
How many a day
Will you be serving guests
How many
What is your budget
Does that include a grinder
Do you have a line on fresh beans..... Not more than two weeks SINCE THE DAUY THEY WERE ROASTED!

All of these questions play into what we will recommend to you, there are more questions but these will get things going.

Oh, welcome to the board!:-)

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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takeshi
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Location: Houston
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Espresso: Alex Duetto 3.0
Grinder: Super Jolly
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 2:25pm
Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia?
 

calblacksmith Said:

We rather try to match a machine and grinder to your expected use rather just give an opinion on A or B.

Posted January 28, 2013 link

...and that's because best is highly subjective on any topic.  It's not just a matter of comparing A and B but determining how well each one fits your needs/wants/preferences/budget.
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David_Batson
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Joined: 8 Jan 2013
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Location: Colorado
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Breville BCG800XL Smart...
Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 3:36am
Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia?
 

I am not an expert, but I read a number of reviews of both machines.  A couple of months ago I bought a Gaggia Classic.  The Rancilio Silvia was out of my price range.  Even if both machines were the same price, I think the Gaggia Classic would better fit my needs.  From what I have read, the Silvia is more difficult to consistently brew shots with.  You may get some better shots with the Silvia than possible with the Classic, but you'll likely get some not-so-good ones as well.  I would rather get consistently good, than get a range from great to fair or poor.

That said; with experience, an excellent grinder, and a bigger dent in your wallet, the Silvia could probably work out quite well.

Something to consider; will others be using your espresso machine that may not have the time or inclination to become expert at it?
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