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  • HELP...ENTRY POINT ADVICE NEEDED FOR FIRST EVER PURCHASE - Up to $600

    Just joined the site...HELP!!!... I am getting totally confused about what to get, I am a junior in the ranks of coffee making. Just been on holidays and was using a Saeco Via Venezia I think (12years old) and very happy with it - simple - however did get clogged up quite regularly and needed to be flushed frequently (maybe that had something to do with the age). I am in a household that would make approx. 6 - 8 cups per day (mostly with milk but not always), will also be looking to grind our own beans. This will be our first foray into purchasing a machine. We are looking to spend up to $600. If any more than that we would really need to be convinced but at this stage we want to go slowly, slowly. Any advice GREATLY appreciated.
    PS. What a great site!!!!!!!!!

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    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...e-machine.html

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...r-dilemma.html


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    • #3
      Thank-you for pointing me in the right direction, the info helped us narrow it down, we now have our hearts set on a Rancilio Silva and have been scouring ebay, gumtree etc for a good deal. Feel a little more comfortable now with our choice. THANKS!

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      • #4
        Hi Tuppence, I'd also strongly suggest looking at getting yourself a grinder as well. You'll notice a big difference if you grind your own beans vs. buying pre-ground coffee. The Rancilio Rocky seems to be a popular choice around here - look in the right places (check out the Coffee Snobs site sponsors) and you may be able to get a deal with Silvia and Rocky bundled together, however this is likely to exceed the $600 you initially had budgeted.

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        • #5
          Thanks Eltoro, yes you are right it definitely looks like we are best to purchase a grinder as well. I have sent off an email to sponsors seeking Sivlia and grinder, and have accepted that we will need to pay more. It seems that this is a better investment than just purchasing any other machine for less than $600. One of the posts talks about a Compak grinder or a Smart grinder, then there is discussion about Dose and Doserless....I'm starting to glaze over. Thanks again for your advice.

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          • #6
            Re: HELP...ENTRY POINT ADVICE NEEDED FOR FIRST EVER PURCHASE - Up to $600

            Baratza Preciso grinder and a 2ND hand Silvia.

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            • #7
              Thanks Jeffie...we actually like the idea of a new Silvia due mainly to the option of having an extended warranty (given we are newbies to this caper I just want to cover all my bases). I have been looking at lots of blogs etc and the Baratza Preciso was recommended over the Rocky....the price was probably more than we were wanting to pay at this stage however I really haven't scoured for a 2nd. Our problem is that we wouldn't know what to look for in terms of any tell tale signs of damage etc which makes me nervous if we were to buy a 2nd.

              It's funny, we initially said that we weren't going to get caught up in all the hype of buying a fancy coffee machine and that we would just keep it simple (original budget probably approx $300)....how wrong we were...well we also didn't know about this website until we started looking so we'll just blame Coffee Snobs...only joking. This has given us access to some brilliant information and advice. Thanks for yours.

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              • #8
                if you are in melb, have a look at grinders in carlton. they have very good deals on silvias and silvia rocky combinations. still had the ad in the window the other day.

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                • #9
                  Thank-you I will.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks everyone for your advice. We are now the proud owners of a Silvia ( I feel like I am making the announcement of our first baby). Just getting used to it, and improving with each coffee.

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                    • #11
                      Congratulations Tuppence, I hope you're enjoying your new machine. Did you end up getting a grinder as well?

                      If you're having trouble getting your milk right, I'd strongly recommend this thread http://coffeesnobs.com.au/milk-froth...microfoam.html

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                      • #12
                        No I have yet to get the grinder. I am looking at a Breville Smart Grinder....still looking for the best price (so far $249).
                        Yes we did have trouble getting the milk to froth well (previously we have used a saeco Via Venezia and that was really easy). I will have a look at the link... thank-you again for that. I must say that our frothing is improving but we still have a way to go yet.

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                        • #13
                          We use a Breville Smart Grinder for my wife's decaf and I have to say it does a great job considering its price. Not a bad first grinder at all. I've seen them for as low as $219. Not sure if any of the site sponsors are selling them and at what price.

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