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Rancilio Silvia M Espresso Machine + Gaggia MDF Coffee Grinder package at $719

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Last Edited by kh0rneflakes September 10, 2016 at 02:53 AM
Rancilio Silvia M Espresso Machine ($685.00) and Gaggia MDF Coffee Grinder ($229.00) package is currently posted at $799.

By signing up for their email list, you will get a one time use code that lowers it to$719.10.

I think this is quite a decent deal because these quality machines are hardly on sale.

https://www.wholelattelove.com/pr...gaggia-mdf
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Thumbs up to OP for posting a real espresso deal on a real espresso machine and espresso grinder.
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I have an older Silvia (back when they cost about $350--wow, has it gone up!), and it CAN make incredible espresso. Even the vendor says the Silvia can be finicky, and it's true. Be patient with it and experiment with the grind and your tamping. I threw out quite a few shots until I figured it out.

I use a superauto now because using a semi-auto like this takes time and has some cleanup involved. But I'm thinking about going back to the Silvia because the espresso is so much better.
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Loved my Silvia while we had it. Still wish we hadn't sold it... Now, this is a REAL espresso machine. Nice deal, OP!
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I had the MDF grinder and used it with a Rancilio Silvia while I had it. it was OK but then I switched to a breville smart grinder pro which seemed to do a better job and costs the same. the MDF is all plastic.
I also eventually traded in the silvia for an expobar with thermablock. What bothered me about the silvia was the long time needed to switch between brewing espresso and frothing milk. if you want to make three lattes in a row it takes a while. On a themablock machine you jump between brewing and frothing momentarily. Of course they cost at least twice as much.

My tip to silvia owners would be to fill a closet or garage with gallons of destilled water and use destilled water in the machine. it will save you cleaning and descaling.
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Last edited by Hwyman_FL September 10, 2016 at 06:30 AM
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that MDF grinder is crap for espresso

the Silvia deserves at least a Vario. the smart grinder pro will "get the job done," but you'll be missing out on a world of consistency and flavor.

the grinder is always more important than the machine when it comes to espresso

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I had the MDF grinder and used it with a Rancilio Silvia while I had it. it was OK but then I switched to a breville smart grinder pro which seemed to do a better job and costs the same. the MDF is all plastic.
I also eventually traded in the silvia for an expobar with thermablock. What bothered me about the silvia was the long time needed to switch between brewing espresso and frothing milk. if you want to make three lattes in a row it takes a while. On a themablock machine you jump between brewing and frothing momentarily. Of course they cost at least twice as much.

My tip to silvia owners would be to fill a closet or garage with gallons of destilled water and use destilled water in the machine. it will save you cleaning and descaling.
no no no. you need mineralized water for espresso. distilled is a horrible idea.
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Last edited by t0fu September 10, 2016 at 07:03 AM
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that MDF grinder is crap for espresso

the Silvia deserves at least a Vario. the smart grinder pro will "get the job done," but you'll be missing out on a world of consistency and flavor.

the grinder is always more important than the machine when it comes to espresso




no no no. you need mineralized water for espresso. distilled is a horrible idea.
Agreed, the Vario is a significant step up but In regards to the Breville Smart Grinder Pro, it does much more than "get the job done". I personally use ithe BSGP with my QuickMill Anita and it does a fantastic job in the cup and moving between beans when grind adjustments are necessary. In comparison, Baratza is releasing a new product, the Sette 270 for 87.5% more than the BSGP for comparable spec, and the espresso cultists are cautiously ga-ga over it. Although I've never used the MDF, consider purchasing the BSGP and don't look back until considering the Vario or something similar to the Vario with a more durable build.

For reference, this site discusses the merit of the BGSP, including a chart. Scroll down a bit and you'll see it.


http://www.home-barista.com/advic...%20machine
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that sette looks really cool. has a lot if quality of life features. but at $379 you're already in refurbished Vario territory.

you can generally pick up manufacturer's refurbished BSGP on eBay for $115 + shipping from the breville clearance outlet if anyone is interested.
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Grinder is amazing if you're willing to do some customization to safe yourself a $100+. It's decent at best at stock.
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After looking at all the expensive grinders, I just bought a Rossi RR45 off Ebay for like $150. It's a beast, but it damn sure gets the grind I need and burrs are available for reasonable prices. The Solis Maestro (now branded as a Baratza) I was using struggled to get the grind to the Silvia's liking, but it did an OK job. It's now my grinder for the coffeemaker (I hate changing settings so yes, I use 2 grinders).
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Quote from t0fu View Post :
that sette looks really cool. has a lot if quality of life features. but at $379 you're already in refurbished Vario territory.

you can generally pick up manufacturer's refurbished BSGP on eBay for $115 + shipping from the breville clearance outlet if anyone is interested.
Are you sure it's the Breville BCG820BSSXL? That's the one I currently have. There's a similar, but older, model and people often confuse the older version for the newer BCG820BSSXL. I searched high-and-low on ebay and was not able to find a refurbished unit. If true, I'd gladly order another. Can you provide a link?
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For those who are handy, buy the Silvia and a PID digital temperature mod kit and you'll have an awesome machine.
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Quote from UCBearcat87 View Post :
Are you sure it's the Breville BCG820BSSXL? That's the one I currently have. There's a similar, but older, model and people often confuse the older version for the newer BCG820BSSXL. I searched high-and-low on ebay and was not able to find a refurbished unit. If true, I'd gladly order another. Can you provide a link?
yep, it's the pro model. just ordered the last one for my mom yesterday. just wait for it to restock

Linky: http://www.ebay.com/itm/122101768117
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Wouldn't order from this site! Bunch of crooks and had to get credit card involved and better business bureau to get my money back. Very unprofessional.
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Quote from t0fu View Post :
that sette looks really cool. has a lot if quality of life features. but at $379 you're already in refurbished Vario territory.

you can generally pick up manufacturer's refurbished BSGP on eBay for $115 + shipping from the breville clearance outlet if anyone is interested.
The Sette has some unique design elements that some are hoping will make it a game changer.
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