Happy, great machine, well built, nothing wrong, no defects, no mishaps, macine reads your mind, perfection, everyone should own one! grind your own beans. I will roast soon.
Positive Product Points
semi industrial stainless steel exterior brass components well built/ and accessories
Negative Product Points
thermostat is no good. single boiler.
Bought this one and received it a week later. Came with a portafilter (double) bought a single to, came with blind, chemical. brush and a few rancilio cups. Everything thing about this is awesome.
The wand is heavy and well built. The machine is full of brass components that last in heat when hot. The portrafilter is heavy and built to last. The extraction is great. I use the rocky to grind my beans. The machine is perfection and at a great price. If you pay any more you will be buying a 1500 that is probably not much different from the Silvia. The wand is power full when the temp maxes out. The temp is different for the wand and the group head. This is why the temp thermostat sucks, Its jumping from group head to wand. It trys to cut the heat when its to hot. about 20- degrees difference. Temp surfing sucks. I am going to buy a PID (proportional integral derivative.) to maintain a stable temp. (updateL PID costs a lot and i find after 20 mins of warming the machines is hot and the heat temp tends not to vary.)
I am able to pull very nice shots, rich in colour, smell and retain a nice thick crema. Milk can be frothed quite fast with this machine. It would be nice to do both at the same time but this of course would mean a more expensive machine. I can make a better coffee at home than i have found anywhere in my state.
This is a good machine. I read some reviews and they stated how bad the machine was built and came with out things such as a portafilter. No longer is this case. Also i watched some videos and the silvia is now better built. There is a better wand and wand knob. This is a great buy, the best you will get at the cheapest price. Remember to have a grinder that can match the machine :)
This a good semi industrial/ semi domestic machine at the cheapest price. A great way to get good coffee.
Three Month Followup
At about this time the machine wand just stopped working, i sent it away to be repaired. I was called and heard the wand working over the phone, got the machine back and its worked perfect since?