Iluvdabean Senior Member Joined: 7 Mar 2005 Posts: 1,295 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 Fri Jun 21, 2013, 8:55am Subject: Re: Went to Italy, drank coffee, I'm ready to replicate it at home.
I spent five years using my Gaggia Classic and MDF grinder and loved the heck out of it. I think the Silvia has more to offer though.What you will find in quality DB's and HX machines made in Italy is the ability to consistently deliver on a more regular basis better results. The ease of use and build quality also improves with price in most cases. So yes you can enjoy great espresso with Gaggia Classic or Rancillio Silivia .It is also true that more expensive machines do it more consistently,easier,faster for large groups,and have exceptional build quality. The question you need to answer really is one only you can answer. Do you see yourself seriously getting into this ? If so and your going to want to be at this years from now. Then my personal advice is to buy a good Italian DB or HX machine and a good grinder, skip the many steps people go through. Get a machine thats one you can spend a long time with. I cant stress enough how important it is to buy from someone who is going to be around for awhile and you trust. Machines eventually need things and they need to be maintained but if they are they can last a really long time. My Classic was used every day for five years and I changed the grouphead gasket once and steam valve. Now my daughter has it and is using it everyday. Have fun, its a longer road than I thought, so after five years I moved up to a machine within my price range that was actually a great deal and its one I can live with a long time. One more thing in my opinion a DB AND HX both can deliver great coffee. Have fun my friend.
JPF Senior Member Joined: 3 Jun 2010 Posts: 223 Location: NJ Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Mini Vivaldi, Pre-millenium... Grinder: Dosered SJ, Resurrected... Vac Pot: Yama Siphon Drip: Technivorm Roaster: Behmor, Poppery I
Posted Fri Jun 21, 2013, 12:22pm Subject: Re: Went to Italy, drank coffee, I'm ready to replicate it at home.
For your usage pattern, you might want to check out the Silvano that Chris sells. I haven't used it, but it would seem it should easily handle your two cappas a day, has Quickmill build quality but is not too expensive, and could do more if you do entertain a few friends.
Pretty sure Dan Kehn over on home-barista just revisted it or put it in one of his newbie advice videos (can't remember which) you should check out. I can't get to the website right now though, so I can't link to them.
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