I am that guy that spends 1500+ a year on specialty coffees.. And have always dreamed of purchasing a super automatic machine. And since i got back from Italy layered with a couple of friends purchasing Saeco (Odeo) superautomatic. Coffee is never the same for me..
So, I find myself obsessively looking through websites finding the right machine for me. And after reading through the coffee crew site. I'm on the fence ..
Should I purchase the super convienent superautomatic Talea machine. Or should I get the Gaggia twin and virtuoso grinder, creating the proper espresso shot.
Darn people like you for making people like me devote a portion of my life to enlightening people like you...
It is an endless circle isn't it?
Depending on how pure your experience was in Italy and how loyal to the cause you wish to be...
That might help you determine which direction you fall of the pickets.
Super-auto's have come a long way, yes... but they are not quite espresso - therefor they cannot make perfect espresso.
The Gaggia dual and the Virtuoso grinder would make a perfect combination -
This evening, my kitchen lab contains a Solis SL70 and a Virtuoso grinder - not a bad combo as well.
I hope this helps.
If I could say one more thing (of course I can, it is my website after all...)
What you do here might depend on how hands-on you wish to be.
For me it is about the ritual.
The same kind of person that drives a manual car (stick-shift) might be inclined to go with the old classics.
It is also about control.
When you let a machine think for you, it becomes less of a ritual and more of a habit.
Yesterday, I went to the Greenbeanary here in Toronto. With the intent of purchasing ths SOLIS SL70 or SL90. But came out with the Rancilio Silvia & Rocky Doserless combo. It came with the Rancilio base and I also purchased proper tamper...
I'm like a kid in a candy store... Last night and the weee morning before work. I been trying to figure the right shot...ie. right grind # is is 8 or 15.. How does 30 pounds of pressure feel like... Do I need to temperature surf...
YouTube... was great a visual referenc .. If you have any types with the Silvia... Please pass them on.
I\"m still trying to get the 26 second shot down pat. But it seems to be going at 15 to 18 seconds...