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Don't Blow a Gasket, Miss Silvia!

Owning a semi-automatic espresso machine certainly has its charm. Grinding and measuring coffee, tamping by hand, and timing the shot are all part of the traditional brewing experience. For me, having full control over the entire process makes the end result that much more enjoyable, so if something goes wrong I’m not a happy camper. When my Rancilio Silvia started leaking around the portafilter when I brewed, I questioned Silvia’s dedication to espresso and berated her...

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What is a Prosumer Espresso Machine? (Part 1)

Who Buys Prosumer? The concept of Prosumer equipment is gaining more and more consumer attention these days. Let’s begin by explaining what the term Prosumer means. It’s simple.  The word itself broken down, "Pro" = professional, "sumer" = consumer. Put this odd couple together and you get espresso fanatics. They want the best equipment they can put in their kitchen and still leave room for the toaster. So what is so special about Prosumer level...

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Are You Pulling Single Shots?

How Do You Make a Single Shot? If I had to guess, I’d say that the majority of people who brew espresso at home are brewing double shots or espresso doppio, as they’re also known. For instance, did you know that the commercial style filter basket included with most machines is actually a double shot basket? If that’s what you’ve been using, you’ve been brewing double shots this whole time! So, now you might be thinking “how do I make a single...

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In the Ring: Classic-VS-Silvia

The Gaggia Classic and the Rancilio Silvia are two big names in quality, entry level semi-automatic espresso machines for home. Both have features that make them strong choices as capable, long lasting and durable home machines.   Maybe you’re like Jason Stern who said in a review: “After spending nearly $2,500 a year on my Starbucks habit I figured enough was enough”. He calls his Gaggia Classic a “great investment”. He says what came out of his...

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Rancilio Silvia Redesigned V3 Espresso Machine: What's Brewing #58

Buy the Rancilio Silvia Redesigned V3 Espresso Machine here: http://www.wholelattelove.com/products/rancilio-silvia-redesigned-v3-espresso-machine Previously available as an upgrade, the Silvia now comes standard with an ergonomic commercial portafilter. Another upgrade now made standard is the commercial articulating steam wand. It's what Silvia owners have been asking for! Adding even more style to an already sleek machine is the redesigned, contoured steam knob. One of our best...

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Wel, our machine has worked fine since it first arived. Now, last couple of days it have ben losing presure sudenly...

  Hector (20 pts)        Dec 03, 2012

Well, our machine has worked fine since it first arrived. Now, last couple of days it have been loosing pressure suddenly and everything seems right but the fact it get loose that often is starting to scare us all. There is enough water at the tank, it is normally plugged and it gets rinsed...

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Should I backflush the machine with backflush detergent and how often?

  Vlad (5 pts)        Dec 22, 2012

Should I backflush the machine with backflush detergent and how often?

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can I just use the steamer without making the espreso (say for steamed milk for Chai Late?)

  Al (10 pts)        Jan 03, 2013

can I just use the steamer without making the espresso (say for steamed milk for Chai Latte?)

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