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It's not perfect, but it's quite fine. I've bought the Ponte Vecchio from the German distributor Pasmarose, which adds its own quality control to the "Italian" build quality. They obviously replace valves, screws, knobs and such with higher quality parts, or so I've been told (I've noticed a few differences in photos myself). It's more expensive than buying it directly from Italy, but so far I've got nothing to complain about. It's about the same build quality as my venerable La Pavoni - and that one held up for over 8 years.
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More photos!
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Some more pictures of latte art made with Rancilio Silvia at home:













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Mmmmm, coffee!
post #455 of 584
I'm thinking of trying a french press...anyone have a reccomendation? Nothing too fancy.
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I'm thinking of trying a french press...anyone have a reccomendation? Nothing too fancy.
Bodum French press pots work great, and are pretty widely available. We have two of them, an 8 cup and a 2 cup. You can usually find them at Target or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. You'll need to have coarsely ground coffee for best results, preferably from a burr grinder. Whirlybird grinders tend to make too much dust, which will wind up in your cup.
post #457 of 584
My dad just bought me a burr grinder...that's why I'm entertaining the idea. Thanks for the advice!
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My dad just bought me a burr grinder...that's why I'm entertaining the idea. Thanks for the advice!
Foer medium to coarse grinds, I've found that one of the best available burr grinders is the Capresso Infinity. Motor is geared down to reduce bean heating and static. For medium to coarse grinds does a better job than any of the Baratza's.

Wholelattelove.com: Capresso: Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder - SS Plastic: Grinders: Burr

Cheers!
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Bodum French press pots work great, and are pretty widely available.
I have two Bodum (different sizes) and an Ikea. The Ikea one is much cheaper than Bodum but performs equally well (meaning, using the same bean, the coffee tastes the same, and similar amount of sediments in my cup at the end)

so if you are not sure if the french pressed taste work for you and you also have an Ikea around, get that one.
post #460 of 584
Got these as a birthday present last night:



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Obviously its not high-end gear, but its way better than the old manual grinder + Cheapo espresso machine I had before.
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Originally Posted by beerguy0 View Post
Bodum French press pots work great, and are pretty widely available. We have two of them, an 8 cup and a 2 cup. You can usually find them at Target or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. You'll need to have coarsely ground coffee for best results, preferably from a burr grinder. Whirlybird grinders tend to make too much dust, which will wind up in your cup.
Just got one today. There are three 8-cup models plus two smaller models at my local Target. The one that I selected is the most expensive of the three 8-cup models, which cost $40. I got it after having used a few Mr. Coffee automatic-drip machines and a home Bunn machine.

After tasting the coffee made from that French Press and the Bunn, I will switch very frequently between the two (depending on the coffee I use and whether or not I want any sediment in the brew).

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Originally Posted by choka View Post
I have two Bodum (different sizes) and an Ikea. The Ikea one is much cheaper than Bodum but performs equally well (meaning, using the same bean, the coffee tastes the same, and similar amount of sediments in my cup at the end)

so if you are not sure if the french pressed taste work for you and you also have an Ikea around, get that one.
Unfortunately, I have no Ikea nearby without having to spend several hours of commuting (I don't drive).
post #462 of 584
I just ordered a Baratza Vario as a second grinder to pair with an upcoming purchase I'll post more about in a couple of weeks.
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As promised...

I may regret this at some point

post #464 of 584
That's a nice looking machine - levers for the win.
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Some more pictures of latte art made with Rancilio Silvia at home:
Nicely done.
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