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petr_cz
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 7:01am
Subject: Rancilio Silvia vs. La nuova era agata
 

Hi,

I am about to buy new espresso machine and I am considering these two machines:
Rancilio Silvia vs. La nuova era agata

I am drinking espresso every day, love it, so I want to buy the best espresso machine in the price relation btw. 500-600 USD.

Please could you help me to decide? :-)

Thank you!
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scanfield
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 7:28am
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia vs. La nuova era agata
 

You could save everybody a lot of time by just posting what grinder you have or are getting with the espresso machine. Then we can all jump in to tell you your grinder isn't good enough.

The fact that you didn't post any grinder information tells me that you haven't spent much time reading through the archives here. I'll give you a quick summary though: Expect to spend $300 on a grinder. If money is tight, buy used.

The Silvia is well regarded here and it's shortcomings are well understood. It's a very capable machine but not easy to be consistent with. Adding a PID helps, but then you are getting close to heat exchanger (or Breville Double Boiler) machine prices. It's probably a better route to go for something like a Crossland CC1, a LeLit, or an Ascaso. All can be had for less than $700.

If you want something in the Silvia range, I would also consider a Gaggia Classic. There's a great community of enthusiasts around this machine as well and I think it's a better value than the Silvia. FWIW, I'm a relative newbie here, so you might want to wait for some more opinions.
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petr_cz
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 8:25am
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Tank you very much for your response :-)
My grinder broke down, so for now I dont have any grinder :-(
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 10:02am
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Save up and watch craigslist for deals.  The most important part is a grinder, then a good machine.

 
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 10:12am
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia vs. La nuova era agata
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

Save up and watch craigslist for deals.  The most important part is a grinder, then a good machine.

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Do they have craigslist in the Eurozone? I believe the OP is in the Netherlands.
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petr_cz
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 11:33am
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We dont have craigslists in Europe, but I know what you mean :-)
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 1:25pm
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petr_cz Said:

Hi,

I am about to buy new espresso machine and I am considering these two machines:
Rancilio Silvia vs. La nuova era agata

I am drinking espresso every day, love it, so I want to buy the best espresso machine in the price relation btw. 500-600 USD.

Please could you help me to decide? :-)

Thank you!

Posted August 27, 2012 link

Agata is not listed in lanuovaera.com site, so it must be a brand new machine: impossible to make comparison with an old best seller...
ciao, Pietro
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