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    Hi all,

    I have had my Silvia V5 for about a month now and I am starting to dial her in and produce some more consistent espresso shots.

    I have two questions for those more experienced than I am.

    1. When descaling can I use a generic descaling product like CLR, or should I get an espresso machine specific product? If so, why?

    2. I have found that when making my morning cup I am having more success by pulling a shot before steaming milk, contrary to what was suggested to me, but I would like to know if there is any reason I shouldn't turn on the steam switch just before pulling a shot in order to get the boiler heating rather than allowing a dip in temp?