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Carl

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  1. Thanks to everyone for the replies. I'm sure this has happened to everyone on the forum, but the more I look into different machines, the more money I think I'm going to end up parting with. The Rancilio Silvia seems by common consent to be a very good machine and reasonably priced but lacks that "wow" factor I'm also craving (it looks solid but doesn't have the curves or the chrome). The Isomac Zaffiro has that, but I'm not sure about the top of it (those 3 switches and lights look a little strange on the pictures). The Cellini Classic looks good, but that's close to £1,000. What would be really useful is to be able to go to a shop and actually see the machines to get a feel for which one to buy. Apart from the Silvia, does anyone know of a shop or bar where I could see any of these machines before parting with my hard-earned cash?
  2. Hi, and thanks for the quick reply. I did actually follow your journey a little earlier this evening when I joined the forum, and that's partly where I saw that many of the people who replied to you themselves owned the Rancilio Silvia. I had also come across this machine through my own online searches. I had also come across the Isomac Zaffiro, but one review seemed to suggest that it needed 30 mins warm up time before it was at its best (maybe I misread or misinterpreted the review). It certainly looks good (I love those types of grouphead). What would be really nice is to be able to visit a shop and see some of these machines (I am a sceptic when it comes to pictures on the web - they can make ordinary machines look great), but I haven't come across anywhere where I can do that (I'm based in London). I will probably give myself a few more days of online looking before making the final decision. Thanks again.
  3. Hi, I'm new to this site, so apologies for asking the questions that I'm sure every new member has already asked. I am a coffee fanatic (some would say addict) about to buy my first real machine (I had a cheap Kenwood before and bought my girlfriend a basic Gaggia which I use extensively every time I visit). I now want to treat myself to a really good machine that makes great coffee but also looks fantastic (I only drink espresso or very strong black americano so not really bothered about milk frothing or any of that). I have done some basic research online for a decent machine and lots of people seem to recommend the Rancilio Silvia. I can't find any shop that sells it (I'd quite like to see it first rather than just buying it online) - does anyone know of any? Also, as well as the taste of the coffee I love the ritual and the look of the machine is important - ideally I'd like it to make me smile every morning when I walk into the kitchen. In that respect the Rancilio Silvia looks quite formal, and I wondered if anyone could recommend a machine that produces the same or better quality coffee but has more shiny chrome, knobs, dials, etc (I know I'm shallow, but I want a "sexy" machine!). I will also need to buy a grinder and have seen people recommend the Iberital MC2 or the Rocky. Any suggestions for what is best? In terms of budget, ideally I don't want to spend more than £800 in total, but would go higher if I saw something that I fell in love with (last weekend I tried to convince myself I was being over-indulgent and should just buy a Baby Gaggia for £250, but couldn't bring myself to). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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