What the heck have I been drinking all my life? I wont buy a coffee again.
Positive Product Points
probably the easiest machine to use makes top notch coffee least expensive machine worth buying
Negative Product Points
cant really think of anything worth saying
Im so excited about this machine that i joined this site and gave up my lurker status. Don't pass this machine over too quickly my coffee fiends. My best friend and I are coffee nuts but with only experience with drip, french press, mokka pot and cafe coffee in Edmonton, i just put i like coffee in my description. We decided to take the leap into espresso because we were not satisfied with our coffee from tasting the standards from abroad. He ordered a Silvia with PID. I ordered this based on ratings and ebay price so i could have some shots before work or workout. My first shot I followed instructions from other reviews here and youtube instructionals. I used my blade grinder and some Kirkland Espresso beans i had around that i was planning to throw out because they were terrible in my mokka pot. Dang!!!!!!! First shot was a nice espresso! Id put it up against any shop in town. It took several weeks of practice and many types of beans on my friends Silvia before he was making espresso as good as mine. We use the same beans and Gaggia grinder set at 5. the blade grinder wasn't consistant so a good burr grinder is a must in my opinion. Maybe if my friends makes a better espresso with his Silvia, I'll get a naked portafilter and tamper and try to improve mine. Until then, I'll just enjoy my new addiction. The buyer must ask themselves do they just want quality coffees or do they want a new hobby? This machine does the first, with a unpressurized portafilter, maybe both.
Perfect Ebay experience. Used BuyNow option. Paid with Paypal. Received by courier. It was a refurbished unit.
Three Month Followup
im drinking 3 doubles or more a day. i need help
One Year Followup
nothing new. my espresso's are still better than my friends, just a little and i dont think its just preference. i dont use the foamer so i cant comment on it. this is the easiest way to make a great espresso. but to make a good coffee you need a good bean and grinder before you have to decide in upgrading your machine from anything. water matters too.