I enjoy espresso and latte and decided (admittedly on a whim) to purchase an entry level machine. I went out and bought a Breville Cafe Roma last night. THEN I did some reading and now I am questioning my decision.
- Thermoblock vs. boiler
- lack of steam control
- overall quality
I am wondering now if I should return the rig and look at something with a little more 'oomph'. I have recently heard about the Starbucks Sirena machine which is a boiler system with steam control - but it seems to have some gimmicky features (like auto tamping and one- or two-shot selection buttons).
Has anyone heard anything about this machine (Starbucks Sirena) or should I stick with my Breville?
Also, where in the Kitchener-Waterloo area can one go to find machines (other then Sears or Linens N' Things??)
The Breville was my first machine. It has been a good machine no complaints. When you are ready, move up but you did not make a mistake. I can make a Mocha that will bring tears to your eye's with mine. Master it grasshoper.
I have the Sirena crafted by BMW. It even looks like a Beamer if you recognize the inside dash of the car. Anyway, I've been using it for 2+ years and have found it very easy to use. The quality of the 'cup' I'm offering to my friends is up there with Starbucks. Oh right.. it is a Starbucks signature machine! tee hee! However, folks.. it can be temperamental. For instance, if you have water from a well, the machine needs to be de-scaled frequently. I've just spent 5 hours de-scaling it and she hates me more now than before!! As well, my doubles are now triples as she is leaking. Incidentally, I found this cool site by looking at the back of my Instructions Manual for repair shops. Perhaps, it is time for the more experienced to fix it.