Thanks for your posting. As a newbie and having read so many views on the net (information can be too much of good thing sometimes!) Ive been left a little confused.
There appears to be a universal view that the Silvia is a wonderful machine but Ive been a little put off by warm up time and comments re having to get everything right to pull a good shot. I guess its the latter view that youre trying to put to rest.
I know Ive sort of raised this question in an earlier post (and thank you those that responded - Ive now discounted the Saeco) but Ive been looking at the reconditioned Classics on ebay which seem to be going for around $400 and Ive been reading great things abot the Mokita at around $500. Would you recommend a complete novice to go out and pay a further $150 on top of the Mokita and buy a Silvia first up (and hopefully avoid the need to upgrade) versus starting out with something that perhaps is a little easier to use?
From my research it appears we Sydneysiders dont have much choice in terms of where to buy espresso machines. Does anyone have any recommendations of where to buy a Silvia/Mokita?
PS Ive just bought a MDF grinder on ebay and will soon be getting a heat gun - just need some beans and a machine and Ill be away!