I currently use a Saeco Poemia with a depressurized portafilter. It works great; I get 30 second 2oz. pulls that are thick, creamy and really delicious. I know that they can be better though, and was looking around to see what my options are. I've been doing a lot of research but wanted to ask opinions specific to my situation here.
I am trying to stay within a budget of about $500. I was looking at the Rancilio Silvia, which is slightly higher than that budget, and I also hear that it is very finicky and has given many users problems over the years. The other recommendation I see a lot is for the line of Gaggia machines (Classic, Baby, Baby Class).
My question is, how much of a true upgrade would these Gaggias be from what I'm using now? I'm pretty happy with what I have, I just know that more is possible; so I don't want to "upgrade" to something that is going to essentially keep me at the same level. I would rather just wait until I can spend more to get something truly better.
JuanR Senior Member Joined: 30 Nov 2012 Posts: 26 Location: Houston Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Jul 20, 2013, 6:01am Subject: Re: Question about Gaggia machines
Takeshi, thanks; that's what I pretty much suspected. I'll just wait until I can afford something truly better.
I am currently using a Hario Mini Mill grinder, which is more than adequate to make these thick, syrupy shots. I am looking at getting a Baratza Preciso in the near future to speed things up and get more flexibility when dialing in; but the set-up I have now gives me better shots at home than I can get in all but maybe three or four shops in town. So I'm in no hurry.
Thanks again for the feedback, that was really helpful.
+1 If you are happy with your Saeco I would get a better grinder like the Preciso or Vario. Maybe even a full commercial one. I own the Silvia I do know now that I would be just as happy with say the Via Venesia. :P Unless the specs are needed like pulling more shots or stronger steam you are just buying a bigger better version of what you already have. If you are looking to upgrade I would save and down the road go for an HX or double boiler.
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