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    Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia, or Sunbeam EM6910

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    Hello. Im new to the world of domestic coffee machines. Which one would you choose? :)

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    Re: Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia, or Sunbeam EM6910

    Hi Lamb and welcome,

    This question has been done many times before...

    A little trawling through the $500-1500 thread for postis just in the last few months produced:
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1232771497
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1231078093
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1229726077
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1229462499

    I would suggest that these might give you a good start :-?

    Good luck

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    Re: Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia, or Sunbeam EM6910

    Welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    Quote Originally Posted by 282A2A23767B77781A0 link=1235961368/0#0 date=1235961368
    Hello. *Im new to the world of domestic coffee machines. *Which one would you choose? * :)
    Thats a very complicated question to answer.

    We all have different requirements.
    Which one Id choose may not be the right one for you.

    What are YOUR requirements?
    Do you plan to only make espresso?
    Do you plan to make many milk based drinks?
    How many at a time and how often?
    How much is your maximum $ spend amount?
    Have you factored in the cost of a grinder (an essential piece of equipment)?
    Where do you live?
    Where do you get your coffee fix now?

    Im sure well think of some more questions for you.


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    Re: Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia, or Sunbeam EM6910

    Many questions to answer.

    I only drink 2 cups of coffee (late) per day.
    This doubles on the weekend with hubby at home, and a few times throughout the week when friends drop in.
    Max spend amount is roughly AU$700.
    I intend to buy fresh ground coffee at a great local Beanery on a frequent basis, then a grinder in about 6 months.
    I currently get my coffee fix now with takeaway coffees and a very old plunger (which I use only in emergencies!)


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    Re: Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia, or Sunbeam EM6910

    Youll hear a lot of suggestions along the lines of "spend the $700 on a grinder and buy the machine in 6 months time".

    Youll get a better coffee by grinding your own fresh beans.
    Ground coffee goes stale in a few minutes.

    I recommend buying a new grinder and using your plunger for the next 6 months while saving for a machine.

    All 3 machines youve mentioned will make a decent coffee.
    Ive used the 6910; while it can make a good coffee, I have my reservations regarding its value for money as I dont see them lasting very long.

    The Silvia has a reputation for longevity and holding its resale value.

    The Gaggia also has a good reputation but Ill leave that one for others to expand on as I have no experience with it.

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    Re: Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia, or Sunbeam EM6910

    Thanks for your thoughts Thundergod.

    I think its down to the Silvia or the Gaggia. I think Ill also start looking for a grinder earlier than I had originally thought, maybe not prior to the machine, but definately earlier than in 6 months time.

    Now which to choose from....Silvia or Gaggia????

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    Re: Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia, or Sunbeam EM6910

    well i just LOVE my gaggia. A hot steamy italian who makes me coffee in the morning -what more could i ask for? ;)

    The machines are comparable on many levels - they even look similar. I have heard the Silvia steams milk more powerfully, but you have to wait a bit longer for the ready light to activate.

    With the amount and type of coffees youre doing it probably wont matter in the long run. I would STRONGLY suggest attempting to purchase a second hand machine (regularly stuff for sale on this site and you know its been taken care of) and purchasing a grinder with money you save. That is exactly what i did and it is SO MUCH BETTER grinding your own. No only because of the quality of the shots, but because it adds something to whole experience.

    the sunbeam 0480 or 0450 are both under $190 and will do as a starting point

    good luck and happy times :)



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