Hi Caramel,Originally Posted by 1C3E2D3E323A33133E2B2B3A5F0 link=1237687510/0#0 date=1237687510
The Piccolo or a similar machine will ultimately be easier to use that the Silvia and when well calibrated with a Scace device will present you with a bigger bulls-eye to shoot at.
All dual purpose single boiler machines require priming- http://www.espressocompany.com.au/downloads/DomobarUserGuideSteaming.pdf and as such, the process of milk texture can be a tad fiddly. Theyre fine for 2-4 milky drinks though.
If you want convenience, you need to go HX and low $2k will get you a Bezzera BZ07 http://www.talkcoffee.com.au/equipment/coffee-machine-bezerra-bz07.php which is close in size to the Silvia and does the job well. A number of sponsors sell the Bezzera and for that matter VBM and Rancilio.
Happy shopping ;)