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    Newbie with a Silvia

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    Hi Guys! Love the site....ordered my stater park and have my popcorn popper ready.

    Had a Saeco Via Venenzia but only kept it for a week as the pressurized portafilter gave me a headache.

    Have a Silvia now...love it. Have a question though....i have trouble with extraction and using the double basket into two glasses, the pour is uneven.One spout will have a nice pour but the other spout doesnt start for another 5-7 seconds.....not sure why. I notiiced my spouts dont line up 90deg to the handle if this makes sence....Anyone have the same problem

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    Re: Newbie with a Slivia

    its normal for the spouts not to line up to the handle, as for the uneven pour the only thing I can think of is that you havent tamped evenly. Are you using the plastic tamper that it comes with - its worth upgrading that... if your tamping is fine and you are sure the coffee is evenly distributed... well all I can think of is that either your machine is on a slight slope or there is something blocking the water flow, either below the basket (e.g. some tape on the basket) or above the showerscreen. Both seem unlikely to me. Or it could be something in the spout :-/

    There maybe another explanation which someone more knowledgeable than me will jump in with.

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    Re: Newbie with a Slivia

    PhatBoy,

    Greetings from fatboy!

    Your issue is most likely one of 2 things.
    1. One of your spouts has a small amount of built up residue of some kind. Coffee, or coffee oils are the most likely sources. A poke around with a cotton bud sometimes helps.
    2. Your tamping is uneven. I only get a nice even extraction through the double when my dose and tamp is even. If you favour one side, that is the side that will pour first. If possible, check the puck afterwards and see if there is any channeling. This is also a sign of an uneven tamp.

    The non 90 degree lineup is not an issue. As long as you do not have water coming out of the area between the group head and the portafilter, all is OK.

    Brett.

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    Re: Newbie with a Silvia

    Thanks guys!
    It must be my crazy tamping with mr plastic tamper.

    Hi fatboy!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahaha tha IS THE FUNNIEST THING EVER!! CLASSIC!!

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    Re: Newbie with a Silvia

    Ive seen this uneven pour on a couple of Silvias mine and another person who is no longer a member of CS.

    I solved mine by buying a commercial PF then ultimatley by running a hole saw through it and making it bottomless. That is a fascinating experiment well worth the time and effort.

    But the commercial filter handel fixed it but on the origonal handel the hole was drilled off centre.

    A commercial PF handle cost us $40 i think it was from the local Rancilio dealer.

    Cheers
    Rich

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    Re: Newbie with a Silvia

    One thing I have noticed and you might be well advised to have a look at for yourself and that is check the way the water runs without the portafiller locked on. If the water runs to all of one side or another of the shower screen, there may actually be a problem with whether your machine is level or not.

    Out here on the black soil plains there is not a house that is level due to the ever changing and moving soil. So we have since discovered that our kitchen benches are not exactly flat and hence the machine tends to pour to the front of the screen. I used a small level on top of the machine and have since corrected the problem.

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    Re: Newbie with a Silvia

    Yeah I had my silvia jacked up on one side for a while but the 6900 has adjustable feet on the front. :)

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    Re: Newbie with a Silvia

    Rich and Rae, how do you compare your Silvia to the Sumbeam?

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    Re: Newbie with a Silvia

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Im surprised nobody has offered this advice yet. Stop pouring half your coffee into the second glass ! I could never go away from double-shots now, particularly as I, like most people here, tend to cut them short as a hint of blonding occurs.

    Of course, the biggest change you will get is to buy yourself a proper tamper, and throw the plastic thing away. Better still, keep it in case you ever want to sell Miss Silvia and upgrade, that way you can keep your solid tamper and not have to sell it inclusive.



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