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    Should I upgrade from a Silvia/SD3C?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Thanks to this site I purchased a Silvia/Rocky 5 years ago and improved it with Watlow SD3C with steam control a couple of years back.

    On the verge of renovating the house so the thought of upgrading the coffee machine sounds like a good idea. New house new machine. My question is, if i sell my current set up for $800-$900 do I get a extremely better coffee for an extra $1500-$2,000 if I buy a Giotto, VBM, Diadema etc.?

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    Re: Should I upgrade from a Silvia/SD3C?

    I suspect, like most things in life, there is a law of diminishing returns when it comes to espresso machines. Im only a novice but from what I read the typical Coffee Snob will spend a lot more to get an end result that is a little better.

    There are other advantages of course such as capacity to make multiple coffees without having to wait.

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    Re: Should I upgrade from a Silvia/SD3C?

    The same can be said of most passions that people can have. Stereos, computers, food, furniture (can a $10k dining table hold up your wine glass that much better than a $100 table?), your house, cars and bikes etc.

    /edit why is it that I have such expensive tastes in 6 ( I dont even own a dining table) of the above ?

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    Re: Should I upgrade from a Silvia/SD3C?

    Quote Originally Posted by 474245454A4E452B0 link=1247052321/2#2 date=1247059330
    The same can be said of most passions that people can have. Stereos, computers, food, furniture (can a $10k dining table hold up your wine glass that much better than a $100 table?), your house, cars and bikes etc.

    /edit why is it that I have such expensive tastes in 6 ( I dont even own a dining table) *of the above ?
    Thus I stooped at the third wife.... I figure...

    1: I can not do any better

    2: She wont let me

    3: Cost efficiencies...

    Looking is free ;D Just like looking at great coffee machines.... ;D


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    Re: Should I upgrade from a Silvia/SD3C?

    Thus I stooped at the third wife
    Freudian slip AM [smiley=lolk.gif]

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    Re: Should I upgrade from a Silvia/SD3C?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3F202A3B2628242C3B490 link=1247052321/4#4 date=1247086338
    Thus I stooped at the third wife
    Freudian slip AM *[smiley=lolk.gif]
    Would stooping to the other two have made a difference? :-?

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    Re: Should I upgrade from a Silvia/SD3C?

    I upgraded my non-pid Silvia to a HX and have an improvment in consistency as opposed to quality. If you are making Dinner party coffees for eight, then do it; however, if you are producing excellent espresso with only the occaisional re-pour, then you may be better off pouring (ha ha punny guy) your resources into improved stainless euro appliances or granite benchtops etc. You can also get a pretty good roasting set up for that type of money.

    If however, you already have all of the above, then do what I did and grab the shiny new play thing which delights me ... every time my friends express their jealousy.

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    Re: Should I upgrade from a Silvia/SD3C?

    The mere fact that you have raised this topic tells me that a) you have the money and b) youve already given it a lot of thought.

    So... just do it!!! ;)

    Sooner or later you will decide to do it anyway, and if you take 5 years to make the decision, you will then kick yourself for missing out on great gear for 5 years!!!

    I know, I do it all the time (procrastinate). :-[



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