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    Silvia in Perth

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    Hello all. Ive been reading up a lot on this great site lately - thanks. (I am looking forward to getting into roasting after reading up about all that too)

    I have finally convinced SWBO that we should save up a bit more and get a real coffee machine and all reviews I have read point to the Silvia. My problem is that I cannot find any in Perth. Can anyone suggest a place localy or a reputable place that can deliver to Perth.

    The grinder will have to wait Im afraid - my 5 year old Russell Hobbs jobby will have to do until I can raise the capital....

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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    Try Alan Frew (coffeeco.com.au) in Melbourne or Mocopan rep. in Perth. There are some other online retailers as well.

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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    You can also try John from "Coffee Training" in Sydney, ph 02/9531 2394 as I know he has Sivias in stock right now.


    Afraid you may have to ditch the RH grinder. If its the $75.00 jobbie theyre still selling at the moment, it will not deliver a proper grind or be reliable enough for the purpose and in this case, you would probably be better off with pre-ground.

    Regardez,
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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    Thanks for the tips - Ill follow those up.

    Ive looked at the coffeeco site and like the way he (appears to) work. Does anyone have experience with coffeeco? Excuse my ignorance, but I dont relish the thought of sending off ~$800 to a compnay that I dont know....

    As for the grinder Frech_Coffee, I think I paid about $30 for it and it works fine for the plunger, but I think it will fall well short when it comes to the machine. What is the trade off between having preground coffee, with its potential lack of freshness vs a less than perfect grind but using freshly ground coffee? A good grinder is definately on the list, but its not at the top at the moment...

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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    Goat....

    Give your self time, get as you go. Building up a decent set up slowly doesnt seem to hurt the hip pocket as much does it?

    If you feel that the Machine comes before the grinder you do what you feel is best, You can always get commercially ground coffee and use that untill your budget allows for an up grade or even you might find a grinder on ebay that will do you for a little while untill you get the grinder of choice.

    BTW... Welcome to CoffeeSnobs

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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    Saw one at Supreme Coffee Machines in Rivervale. They are selling on behalf of a customer who has traded it in. As new condition, along with a doser Rocky. Didnt ask how much.

    Cheers

    franjae

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    Thanks Franjae - just rang them. They are selling on consignment for $900 for the machine and the Rocky. (Id be sleeping in the shed for 6months if I got them both..... so its all good :) )

    I Didnt have the presence of mind to ask specifically about age/useage and warranty, but Ill have a look tomorrow

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    Second Hand....that would be a concrete warranty wouldnt it... warranted until you step off the concrete outside the shop (or some such thing).

    Re your question about the grinder / vs pre-ground. If it is the RH grinder that they are still selling now, with the removable top plate fitted with "bayonet" coupling...its not so much that the grind consistency is not good enough (and it isnt), but there is the very real probability that when you reset the grinder to a much finer setting than you would traditionally (over here) use in a plunger, that the motor will not last long. It simply is not strong enough to grind coffee at a setting commensurate with proper fineness for pump driven espresso, and what you would not know is that a hell of a lot of those grinders get returned to the importer as they are not fit for the type of use you will be wanting to put it to.

    This is my reason for saying you will be better off with pre ground. Not the stuff you buy in "super" markets, but the stuff you get from your local roaster and that has a better chance of being ground the right way for your espresso machine.

    I think it is very important to get a "matching" grinder at the same time anyone buys a pump driven espresso machine. With that in mind and if you are on a budget, would it not be better to forego the Silvia, buy a less pricey but still good quality machine, and get a grinder at the same time?

    I reckon you could pick up a good workable set up brand new with real warranty, for somewhere around $750.00 to $800.00.

    Regardez,
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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    I bought a Silvia and a lot of roasted coffee from Alan Frew of CoffeeCo and found he went well beyond what I would have reasonably expected of a dealer.

    I still have a copy of the digital photo of an espresso shot he poured from my Silvia while being bench tested before shipping! ;D

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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    Hi,

    Have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Alan Frew of CoffeeCo. From the very start Alan has always been very helpful, professional and provided after sales service which is second to none.

    You might like to try the very friendly people at The Coffee Company too. They have a wide range of both Coffee and Hardware and like Alan, have always been very helpful and provided excellent after sales service.

    Why not give the CoffeeSnobs Sponsor a go too? Nothing like looking after your own first. All the best,

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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    Find something in your own local area where you can also get good local help / service long term. That means searching out a local importer / supplier / re-seller with workshop backup & who therefore repairs equipment and it does not leave the premises. This is the kind of business that can offer you a total "service. This means letting your fingers do the walking through the yellow pages, not the web, as there are many who do a great "service" that do not get involved in the web.

    Failing that...
    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal link=1104991236/0#9 date=1105109664
    Hi,
    Why not give the CoffeeSnobs Sponsor a go too? Nothing like looking after your own first. All the best,
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    ...Here here.

    Regardez,
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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    Hi again,

    Sorry I only recommended online or mail-order specialists but I live out in the sticks a bit and have gotten kind of used to purchasing what I need from dealers like this. If you can, supporting your local suppliers is definitely preferable, except for our sponsor of course...

    Anyway, let us know how you get on and what your ultimate decision is. All the best,

    Mal.

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    Re: Silvia in Perth

    Wow - thanks for all the suggestions and advice.

    I went and had a look at the second hand one at Supreme Coffee Machine on Sat morning. It looked in pretty good nik (from the outside...) but it was a year old so Ill probably pass on that one. The chap that ran the shop was very helpful and was obviously passionate, so I probably will speak to him when it comes time. I too like the idea of shopping local, but as or more importantly for me is buying from someone who is interested in what he/she sells.

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    Re: Silvia in Perth

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    Goat, it all depends on your budget. If you can afford to buy new, do it. I too have a problem sleeping in the shed, hence I bought a second hand Imat. It was a few years old and not rally maintained. I spent about three hours cleaning it up and replacing some gaskets. It is now performing very well and I am happy with the purchase.

    From what I have read on the Silvia, it is a very robust machine, with brass pipes and all, it will be unlikely to give any problems, perhaps maybe gaskets. Bottom line is how much cheaper it is compared to a new one? I was interested in the Rocky but the doser would be a real pain as I only make a couple of cups a day!

    Cheers

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