Which Coffee Machine To Buy (in The Uk)
Q: I am seriously thinking about buying a coffee machine (hence I have been lurking for the past few days) but I do not know which one to make. I work in a coffee bar and we use all singing all dancing machines that do everything from grinding the beans to cleaning up after itself (well we do have to put a cleaning tablet in). I don't need that level of automation - I just want good coffee and crema. I am using a cafeteria at the moment and that gives more head than my 30 pound espresso/cappuccino machine! I have heard that the Rancilia Salvia is one of the best - is the right? How much could I expect to pay here in the UK - and where would I buy it from? Any other suggestions?
A: Even the biggest proponent of the silvia in the ongoing Classic v Silvia debate isn't QUITE sure whether he would go for the silvia under that difference. Also, in the UK, i think the gaggia would be easier to get parts? If you are insistent on the Silvia, we know a man in israel who knows a man in italy.... You will know not to forget the grinder. - ?125 gaggia MDF? Can I direct you to: www.scottsargeant.com www.homewares.co.uk You have a better chance of finding rocking horse droppings than a Rancilio in the UK. That is a shame, since they are obviously great machines. However, all is not lost, for you can pick up any of the Gaggia range in the UK. The above 2 sites both stock and deliver Gaggia espresso machines and grinders. Is you are going to purchase an espresso machine, you *MUST* budget for a good burr grinder. The twirly coffee choppers will not allow you to obtain a uniform fineness of coffee grounds, and besides, they throw the oils all over the lid, so avoid these. Go to mark's site (www.coffeekid.com) and read some reviews on Gaggia products. Have a look at the pretty pictures on the websites I gave you and continue lurking on this group. Sooner or later, you will come to a decision on what will suit you and your wallet best. I would just like to point out that Selfridges has a Sale at least twice a year on the Gaggia Classics when they are reduced to ?235 (I imagine because they sell far fewer of these than the more expensive fully-auotmatic and pod based machines). The MDF grinder however never seems to be reduced in the Sale.
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