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LauraH
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Joined: 14 May 2013
Posts: 16
Location: Xico, Mexico
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 3:38pm
Subject: In need of espresso machine in Mexico
 

There seems to be a TON of great info on this site so I am hoping that someone out there may know of where I can purchase a Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine (or similar) in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.  I moved to a town near Xalapa several months ago (from the coffee loving Northwest) so my knowledge of this area AND the language are limited (growing slowly). I will be making a trip to the states next month and may have to resort to carrying a machine & grinder back with me but would love to find some place local to purchase these.  Anyone one have some knowledge that could help I would dearly appreciate your sharing.
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stefano65
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stefano65
Joined: 30 Oct 2004
Posts: 1,408
Location: Eugene OR
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: Vibiemme,Elektra,
Grinder: Vario,Macap,
Vac Pot: not
Drip: not
Roaster: not
Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 7:21am
Subject: Re: In need of espresso machine in Mexico
 

I suggest contacting Rancilio USA and ask them if they have a distributor down there,

however
many company, including us,
that sell Silvia can tell you that they are very simple and easy to maintain and operate,
as long as you give it some nice and soft water, you do your periodical descaling and backflushing and so on,
the Silvia is a very forgiven tank like built machine,
parts are easy to replace and shipping is easy and affordable internationally

 
Stefano Cremonesi
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LauraH
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Joined: 14 May 2013
Posts: 16
Location: Xico, Mexico
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 9:18am
Subject: Re: In need of espresso machine in Mexico
 

Thank you Stefano.  Your advice is good and I appreciate your validation of the Silvia.  From what I could research, this machine seems to be pretty stellar.  I live in a pretty small town and shipping seems to be slower than an over tamped shot hence the search for a somewhat local vender. I will try your idea of contacting Rancilio USA to see what I can learn. Thank you again.
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,734
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 12:23pm
Subject: Re: In need of espresso machine in Mexico
 

He is right, it is a solid machine but there are other machines that are thought of just as much, that cost hundreds less if you are not able to find an outlet near you.

OH, the tamp is the least important part of the shot and have the least effect on the speed of the pull, just use the same pressure every time and you will be fine. The tamp is only to remove any voids in the puck and condition the puck to present a constant resistance to water flow, it has very minimal affect over making the shot pull longer. Just saying!

 
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LauraH
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Joined: 14 May 2013
Posts: 16
Location: Xico, Mexico
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Thu May 16, 2013, 7:06am
Subject: Re: In need of espresso machine in Mexico
 

Thank you "In real life, my name is Wayne P."  Mexico seems to be a GREAT place for growing coffee but not so much for enjoying the finner benefits of a good espresso, at least not in the areas around where I live.  I am surrounded by coffee plantations but have yet to find a supply of needed accessories to create the goodness I so enjoy.  I have found GREAT coffee beans and a wonderful local roaster, but...  Determination will prevail.  :)

Shipping is so slow it might as well be coming on a burro.  Perhaps that would have been a better analogy than the tamping.  :)
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Burner0000
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Joined: 28 Jul 2011
Posts: 1,076
Location: Cambridge, Ontario Canada
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia, VFA Expres...
Grinder: Macap MX/VFA N1464/Kyocera...
Drip: Manual Drip, French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600 / Sonofresco
Posted Thu May 16, 2013, 7:38am
Subject: Re: In need of espresso machine in Mexico
 

+1  The silvia is solid and very forgiving I have found.  You will enjoy it if you decide to buy.
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LauraH
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Joined: 14 May 2013
Posts: 16
Location: Xico, Mexico
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 6:01pm
Subject: Re: In need of espresso machine in Mexico
 

Just an update.  I did find a company in Mexico, (thank you Stefano for your idea) but the price was WAAAAAY higher here and there is of course a tax added that made it out of reach.  After MUCH more research, I found that ordering from the states was my best way to go.  I found a company that I can have my order shipped to and they would then forward it to me south of the border.  My shipping is expensive to say the least BUT, my vendor in Seattle set me up with a great duo and lots of extra goodies.  All in all, the total (with shipping) is about what I would have to pay for just the espresso machine here.  My warranty I am sure will be non existant but this is Mexico and there is always a solution.  :)  If someone in the future does a search on this site for espresso in Mexico, hopefully you will find some help here.  Estafeta is the shipping company that will take care of getting my order to my home here in Mexico.  I have used them here in country and they did a great job.  They have been very helpful in my latest need.  There are many fine vendors in the states that offer free shipping within the continental US so one only has to worry about getting it from Texas to your home in Mexico.  
BTW - I went with the Rancilio Silvia and the Rancilio Rocky.  The dynamic duo.  :)
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