This was my first 'high-end' machine after my Barista. With many commercial features, the brass boiler, the commercial size portafilter and the excellent steaming pressure, this is a great machine for under $500.00 for those that can't afford a higher priced model with a heat exchanger. I did up-grade to a HE Gensaco and I was able to sell the Silvia for only $60.00 less than my original purchase price. A great machine that holds it's value and remember.... It only costs around $60.00 more than the stainless-steel Starbucks Barista. Well worth the extra money!
Excellent machine! Very sturdy and solidly built it offers commercial grade parts for a very reasonalbe price. With good beans, grind and espresso technique this machine can deliver exceptional shots. Be prepared to learn about espresso in order to benefit from the potential of this machine.
Makes excellent espresso, latte, and cappucino. Requires some practice and a good coffee grinder. I use the Rocky doserless set on 8 clicks above 0. This machine is built like a tank. I recommend a longer warmup time of 20-30 minutes rather than the manufacturer's 6 minutes. Yes, you can brew after 6 minutes but get better tasting results with full heating of the brew group. Also steams milk much better if you wait 40-45 seconds rather than the 20 seconds recommended after flipping the steam switch. This machine and some experimentation has rewarded me with flavors of my favorite coffee beans that I never knew existed!
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