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Thread: First Upgrade

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    Oct 2009

    First Upgrade

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Gday folks, just looking for a little advice..
    I started out with an old Russell Hobbs burr grinder with a Sunbeam low end model.
    I realise that both these products are mediocre at best, so are looking to upgrade to something decent.
    Im thinking for the grinder either the Sunbeam EM0480 or better still a Rancilio Rocky.

    Machine wise Id like a Miss Silvia if I can get one cheap enough otherwise maybe a Gaggia Classic or something.
    Just wondering what you would recommend....for example would a secondhand Rocky and Miss Silvia provided they are well looked after/maintained etc be worthwhile ahead of a EM0480/thermoblock type machine combo?

    Ive read through a fair bit of info and I cant do the good grinder/plunger coffee until I can afford a good espresso machine....
    I love my espresso and dont agree with plunger coffee :)
    Also, does anyone know about this siphon method that is around the place, Ive been told its better than plunger and comparable to many machines.
    Well, cheers for your time and I look forward to your replies
    Much appreciated, Lanx

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    Senior Member flynnaus's Avatar
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    May 2008

    Re: First Upgrade

    Standard advice Lanx is go for the good grinder first then get a better machine later. The rule is

    Good grinder + mediocre machine > Mediocre grinder + good machine

    (and get the Rocky)

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