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  • Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

    I admit defeat. I have up dosed, varied pull temp/grind/beans, but cannot achieve decent shot from the Silvia single shot basket. I think the volume of the basket is too small. If I use the single shot basket from my La Cimbali in the Silvia (bit loose in the PF holder though) I have better results, and the two baskets are very similar in design, apart from the La Cimbali holding more coffee. So its back to the double shot basket - with huge improvement in all "in cup" results. The product from the Silvia single & double baskets is frustratingly different!

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    Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

    I tried with the Rancilio baskets for a while.
    Then I bought the Pullman tamper and Synnesso basket on a "what the hell" whim.

    Never looked back. the improvement in the shot was amazing.
    Getting a tamper that exactly fits the basket also helps a great deal.

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    • #3
      Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

      Yes agreed. The Silvia baskets are about as useless as *insert chosen analogy here*.

      Best thing you can do is bin them and get some real, and deeper baskets....

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      • #4
        Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

        Synesso baskets seem like a good option, but I still struggle to get a decent shot out of a single anyway. Double synesso seems to be the best option (and for an extra 7 grams of coffee, I dont have to throw many away!)

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        • #5
          Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

          Reading through several posts one thing stands out.
          Single baskets generally dont give a good shot.

          I havent really played around with a single. The only single basket I own is the Silvia one. No one yet has complained about getting a double shot in a latte that I give them so I havent bothered.

          People that are getting good shots off a single are also saying that you have to change the grinder setting. Another annoyance.

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          • #6
            Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

            Im a regular single user - not silvia, S20, but very similar group I think. i have rancilio 6 and 7gm. The 6 gram is small, I use the 7 gram. I think it is worth continuing using, as I get really good shots with it. For me, the big factor (with single or double) is getting the dose just right, which means getting as much in as you can.

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            • #7
              Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

              You can get good results from single baskets but due to their design theyre generally more difficult to work with than double baskets. The reasons are explained at http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1169781510. You might like to check the photo in post #33 in that thread too!

              You cant quite tar all single baskets with the same brush, though; as that thread shows there are some fairly significant differences in design of single baskets, some of which are less awful than others! The capacity varies a lot too, and the Silvia ones tend to be on the smaller side. The Synesso ones are more gentle in shape and larger than the Silvia ones which have a fairly pronounced inward step about half way down (like the La Marzocco singles), as shown below, so you can tend to get better results with the Synesso baskets than the Silvias:


              Silvia single (L), Synesso single (R)

              Greg

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              • #8
                Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

                My smaller is like the one on the left, my larger like on the right. The larger one is where I get good results.

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                • #9
                  Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

                  Yes, the Synesso single looks more like the Cimbali single, and does produce a better single shot out of my Silvia. Thankfully my M27 is very close to being fully commissioned so this will alleviate some of my frustration.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

                    I picked up a single from Coffee Parts and my single shots have improved dramatically.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0


                      ...and here I was thinking that any single basket was for people that wanted half a coffee.



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                      • #12
                        Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

                        Originally posted by 1E313B265F0 link=1232400072/10#10 date=1232804072
                        ...and here I was thinking that any single basket was for people that wanted half a coffee.


                        Dang....Are you serious? What have I been doing all this time???

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                        • #13
                          Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

                          I have a La Marzocco single shot basket and with my e-61 Grimac I can pull the best 1/2 OZ single shot you can ask for...
                          even better than the 2oz shots with the 21gr LM triple basket.
                          (quantity vs quality I guess)


                          tried the Roncillo basket but IMO they are as bad as they get.., again, In My Opinion.


                          the "secret" to tie the score with your Silvia maybe just a different basket..

                          good luck,
                          Juanjo

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                          • #14
                            Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

                            Agree with all of the above. I had the same issue and got the synesso one. It is better but not but best shot. The pour is a little on the fast side and i thought that this was due to chanelling? thoughts? It was suggested earlier that you should adjust the grind to suit the basket. I thought that the gind should be the same for a single or double.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Silvia Single Shot 1, Me 0

                              I am having issues with my Rancilio single shot as well. Where can I get a Synesso basket from?

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