Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:50 PM
I want to get him a really good one, not one with "pods"
Any good suggestions?
Posted 13 December 2009 - 01:00 AM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:23 PM
We switched to the Bezerra in the end mainly because it is covered for repairs by a reputable dealer in town. They also carry Silvias but don't guarantee repairs because their experiences with the manufacturer have apparently been pretty spotty. But beyond that, this machine ended up being a major upgrade, much more than I had expected given the difference in price. With the Silvia I had to temperature surf and while it was possible to get a great shot when planets were properly aligned, with this machine the temps don't cycle so it produces beautiful thick crema every time. Plus it has two heating elements so I can froth milk in parallel, meaning I can caffeinate my houseguests several times over in the time it used to take me to pull my first shot with the Silvia. And since the temperature remains stable, and is switched on by a lever rather than a dial, the steam is more consistent and easier to control so I get microfoam each time. Ferns!
It did take a few tries to get it right though - it froths a cup of milk in less than 12 seconds, so that took some getting used to. (I still need some practice.) All in all, the extra $$ may not be worth it for everyone -- the Silvia was already plenty flashy -- but damn, this machine is really fun to use. Actually, considering the Bezerra is still under $1000, it's not a bad deal at all for the quality, if you're into this sort of thing.
This is what a not particularly spectacular cappucino attempt looks like -- this would have been as good as it gets with the Silvia.
Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:21 AM
after a trip today to William Sonoma, i have been sort of convinced i need a Breville Oracle.. It took Illy coffee which i normally hate and turned it into a thing of beauty. It's rather expensive but, it's the best cup of homemade espresso I have ever had. It seems like a pretty serious machine.
Anyone know anything about this machine.
Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:45 AM
Sounds like a pretty neat machine. Sort of a new category.
Of course these days our Silvia mostly gets used for the nanny to steam milk f for the top of her instant coffee.