Thanks for the great review! I am afraid though I feel somewhat hanging... as a notorious fence sitter of course. The foodie in me says to go to the Rancilio but the slacker says..super automatic. I am also very mindful of my wife who might really enjoy the ease of the Saeco Talea Touch for her lattes etc.
I was wondering if you have any follow up that might give some comfort to the foodie side ? Your review is positive, but really I wonder about the quality of the pure shot. Were you able to improve it at all? Is there any superautomatic in similar price range that you prefer.. sorry for the barrage of questions!
There is no comparing the Talea Ring plus to the Rancilio Silvia.
The TR-Plus brews \"Suiss brew\" coffee -- or pressure brewed coffee as it is often referred to. It is not quite espresso.
What it is, for the average consumer is very convenient coffee! Obviously there is less muss and fuss with the TR-Plus.
What I found about living with the Silvia and virtually every other home espresso machine - is that it is messy and sometimes hit and miss... you know: phase of the moon isn't right or the humidity is too high or low... the grind is not quite right.
This is the downside to the manual machines - there is waste.
But there is purism and joy too!