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    I attended my first class in the Barista course at the local TAFE College on Thursday night and a few more pieces of the Coffee puzzle are beginning to drop into place.
    Everyone (10 of us) made a couple of coffees on the first night using the commercial machine in the TAFE training restaurant. These all happened without fuss & mine were both good (Macchiato & Cappucino) considering that the beans used were fairly nondescript & of indeterminate age.
    I can see that the hardest part is the milk frothing which will take a lot of practice to master.
    The main flash of insight that I had was in terms of recognising the inherent strengths of a commercial machine as opposed to cheaper home machines. The commercial machine was so fuss-free to use.
    This got me thinking about my decision to buy a Silvia to go with my Rocky, and it struck me that it is really a bit ludicrous to buy a machine that has a major flaw in terms of one of the key operating variables that influence the quality of the shot (water temperature consistency)
    I had thought about shelling out another $400. for the PID mod, but in retrospect (as someone else said on here recently) it must be time that Rancilio addressed this issue in the Silvia. Its hard to imagine that they couldnt incorporate the upgrade for a fraction of the aftermarket cost. Any sign of a new model on the horizon?
    So, fortunately I have not yet parted with my hard-earned. As I am much more focused on product than process, I feel sure I would not learn to love all the extra hokus-pocus involved in trying to second guess the Silvia as to when it was ready to pull a shot - so I think it is back to the drawing board & look for something else - unfortunately probably considerably more expensive.

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    Re: Bye Silvia!

    Originally posted by Rocky link=1220676274/0#0 date=1220676273
    so I think it is back to the drawing board & look for something else - unfortunately probably considerably more expensive.
    Well, there is that side of the equation..... Better always costs more, unfortunately

    Great to see you doing a Barista Course though mate, kudos to you. It would make all potential home baristi a lot happier with their brews if they took the same course of action :.

    Just going back to the machine.... You dont have to spend an enormous amount more than what a Silvia costs; the VBM Domobar Levetta does an excellent job and coupled with your Rocky should be able to churn out some beautiful coffee. Its not an HX or Dual Boiler machine but it is probably close to being the best Dual Purpose Single Boiler machine around and there are some very happy owners here in CS. Naturally, all of our esteemed Site Sponsors who stock the Levetta will look after you as a CS member. 8-)

    Anyway mate, lots to think about for sure, :-?

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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      Re: Bye Silvia!

      I can see your reasoning Rocky, if you can come up the bucks for the Levetta go for it as numerous CSers have them and they sound like a great machine.
      I purchased my Silvia before I knew about the temperature surfing etc...but I have had an enjoyable experience with her so far, I have a MLG dual control PID coming from the US in the next week and I am looking forward to installing it and stabilising the brew temp on her.
      Good luck wih your purchase.......................gm

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        Re: Bye Silvia!

        Originally posted by Mal link=1220676274/0#1 date=1220682199
        ...Just going back to the machine.... You dont have to spend an enormous amount more than what a Silvia costs; the VBM Domobar Levetta does an excellent job and coupled with your Rocky should be able to churn out some beautiful coffee. Its not an HX or Dual Boiler machine but it is probably close to being the best Dual Purpose Single Boiler machine around and there are some very happy owners here in CS. Naturally, all of our esteemed Site Sponsors who stock the Levetta will look after you as a CS member. 8-)

        Anyway mate, lots to think about for sure, :-?

        Cheers,
        Mal.
        Yes agreed that they are a terrific little machine and are at a different level of performance and quality compared to the Silvia. Sadly theyre also a tad hard to find at the moment. Two weeks ago we had a pile of them, now not a one. ECA is also out of stock .

        More Levettas will arrive in a few weeks but as we advised elsewhere, the bang for buck equation has changed with ECA raising the price of all VBM product. The RRP of the levetta goes from $1299 to $1399.

        regards

        Chris

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          Re: Bye Silvia!

          Originally posted by Talk_Coffee link=1220676274/0#3 date=1220687247
          the bang for buck equation has changed with ECA raising the price of all VBM product. The RRP of the levetta goes from $1299 to $1399.
          Even so Chris,

          I think the quality/cost ratio is still pretty good and in these times of ever rising costs. I guess it is inevitable that imported goods are going to keep costing more, especially with the Aussie Dollar settling back down to a more realistic exchange rate...

          Mal.

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