Big Aura wrote:On reflection I thought that, as the grinder is second-hand, there’s a slim chance it won’t work. Consequently, I thought I’d wait until I had a functioning grinder before splashing out on Ms Silvia (as I don’t want to spend £84 on a grinder, £370 on a coffee machine and then have to spend another £200+ on a second grinder!).
On reflection I thought that, as the grinder is second-hand, there’s a slim chance it won’t work. Consequently, I thought I’d wait until I had a functioning grinder before splashing out on Ms Silvia (as I don’t want to spend £84 on a grinder, £370 on a coffee machine and then have to spend another £200+ on a second grinder!).
Ahhh the other passion in my life - Coffee!
I have the Gaggia Platinum, had it for almost 3 years now. The grounds unit has only become stuck twice and I had to use a screwdriver to undo a small screw, but other than that its a solid machine that brews a good cup.
Life's too short to be drinking bad coffee
So, for an update! Parcel Force attempted a delivery last week, but no-one was home, so re-arranged to collect from my local post office on Saturday.
I turned it on last night, and it whirred (good sign), so then took it apart, removed the burrs and gave it a thorough cleaning. The burrs look to be in good condition, but it was caked with lots of oily coffee bean residue. Clean as a whistle now. Will grind for cafetière use later tonight. I still haven’t ordered the Rancilio Silvia; will do so on Thursday evening (as hopefully that will mean it arrives on Monday/Tuesday next week, when there’s a better chance someone will be in to accept delivery).
And, after much procrastination, I finally ordered the Rancilio Silvia on Thursday last week. I then got a text for next day delivery, but I rearranged for Monday, when there would be someone in the house. On Monday I got a further text telling me it was due for delivery between 15:24 and 16:24. The delivery chap actually arrived at 15:22 and thus ensued a Mexican standoff at the front door. He checked his watch and told my Mother-in-Law that he could not deliver the machine until the appointed time – so she watched and waited until 15:24 and then he handed over the package.
I opened the package last night (this process is now, I believe, called “unboxing” – although deboxification may work too if you must invent new terms for old concepts).
Initial thoughts – much bigger than my Gaggia Cubika, but it still fits on the worktop. My wife did raise an eyebrow at the footprint…
It has a real “quality feel”. Silvia is heavy too – in all respects. The portafilter feels like it could be used as a weapon (Col Mustard, in the kitchen with Silvia’s portafilter). The steam wand feels like it will last a lifetime (in comparison to the flimsy effort on my defunct Gaggia). The flex feels more “industrial/rubbery” rather than plastic-y.
I’ve not used it yet – it was close to midnight when the deboxification was conducted.
In any case, there were lots of warnings that incorrect usage (not priming the pump) will invalidate the warranty – I want to do a bit more reading before I turn it on.
I do love it so far, though.
When you're in love with a gadget before you've even used it - that's when you know you've made a good purchase
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