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Any non Espresso brew method from Drip Filter, Syphon or Vacuum, Plunger, Ibrik, Stovetop, Mocha Pot, Aeropress, Cold Press, Percolator, Presso or any other mad scientist process that doesn't have a pump and boiler combined.
Entry level (sub $500) domestic appliances that you would expect to find in the kitchen section of whitegoods stores. You can get a pretty good coffee from machines in this category if you use fresh coffee and dose/tamp well.
Pointy End ($1500-$3000) will find machines that are capable of making espresso at the same time that you are texturing milk. This end of the market also tends to get some real design flair and lot and lots of shiny stainless. Mostly the machines in this category are direct descendants of Cafe class machines.
Extreme Machines ($3000+) is the very serious end of the home espresso machine market. Some of the machines you will find in here would be comfortable in just about any cafe on the planet and most will have similar installation requirements (plumbing, maintenance etc). Most CoffeeSnobs drool over the very pretty toys in this category.
Since you ask... it really comes down to the boiler. The Silvia's boiler is brass and big enough for the task at hand. The boiler in the Classic is aluminium which means it is subject to corrosion, leakage and... depending on what you read and who...
Is that on the basis of longevity or thermal mass (oe something entirely different)? I can understand it not being preferred, but they're both 58mm SBDUs running wide-band tstats with practically identical design and build quality (bar the boiler,...
Great stuff Chokkidog!
I'm quite sure there is only one set of rules - the trick is in knowing which rules apply ;)
Clearly some of my inherent assumptions were not valid:
A) that density and thermal conductivity is approximately the...
I've noticed no replies to my last 2 posts....Maybe people don't have time etc...I don't know if these questions are appropriate, if not let's know...Happy to learn.... Or if you haven't already pm'd me perhaps you could pm me and let...
Wow, looks almost like new inside. Not sure I understand your questions/issues?
Have a look here for manuals: Documentation - Extreme Machines
Many of the Faema/Cimbali machines are similar if there isnt a manual for your specific machine.