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    is an iberital challenge a good match for Silvia

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    Hi all

    I bought the Iberital challenge anticipating this moment- the time that I upgrade to Miss Silvia. 8-) even though this is still 1 or 2 weeks away :( I have a couple of questions.
    My iberiatal challange is in very good condition it is 4 months old and spotlessly clean, but I am a little worried that it may not be up to task for my new machine. It works very well with my current machine (a sunbeam em5600 with non-pressurised baskets) but I hear that Miss Silvia can be a little fussy when it comes to grind. Will this combo be OK? I am hoping for better than OK coffee though :D

    It was the best grinder that I could (can) afford, and at the time I thought it was a good purchase, it was widely recomended on this site and others as good value for money at this price point. After more research I have also noticed that even though it is often recomended, it does not often appear on members equipment lists. Should I be concerned?

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    Re: is an iberital challenge a good match for Silv

    Ive not used the Challenge spoonman, but I understand its adequate for the job. I say that because its often recommended as really the first grinder to consider for ongoing use (bar the Sunbeam which is more a stop-gap unit). It can go finer than necessary and is stepless (I believe) and is built well enough, so is up to the task.

    The comment about Silvia being finicky about its grind goes around a lot; personally I think once youve worked out how much to dose to allow for the showerscreen (and I havent had issues on that for months), its no more or less fussy than any other machine with unpressurised baskets at that price point. The cheaper design of the group with no pre-infusion means youre more likely to get channelling which I believe (though stand to be corrected) is what makes it supposedly fussy on the grind. But the same would equally apply to the Botticelli, Lelit / Imat / Quaha / Nemox machines, probably the Isomac Venus and no doubt others.

    Unfortunately I think its one of those statements in the espresso world that were made in the dark ages of the internet and are quoted over and over so people think the sheer number of people saying it makes it accurate, when in fact theyre probably all quoting from a few sources who may or may not have been well informed.

    Greg

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    Re: is an iberital challenge a good match for Silv

    Thanks Greg for your reply to this question (and to others I have posted)

    Yes, the challenge is a stepless grinder.

    Unfortunately I think its one of those statements in the espresso world that were made in the dark ages of the internet and are quoted over and over so people think the sheer number of people saying it makes it accurate, when in fact theyre probably all quoting from a few sources who may or may not have been well informed.

    do you mean the paragraph about the grinder or Silvia, or both?

    I am set on Silvia and am hoping the Challange will do the trick so I dont need to sell it.

    Cheers!

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    Re: is an iberital challenge a good match for Silv

    The Iberital is a very good match. An excellent grinder.

    I agree with Greg that oft-repeated statements about the Silvia being finicky are ill-founded

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    Re: is an iberital challenge a good match for Silv

    Thanks Robusto, I feel easy in my mind now about this combo

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    Re: is an iberital challenge a good match for Silv

    The iberital is great, ive had mine for bout a year and used it with everything from the sylvia to a minore 2, expobar office, presso, plunger and stove top and have had great reults with everything. And its had a hiding in its time doing wedding receptions and morning tea functions without missing a beat.



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