Category Archives: Rancilio Silvia

An Affair with Silvia


Some time back, a friend of mine met Silvia and fall in love.

He brought her home and started a beautiful love affair.

The fact that Silvia is sexy and hot does not go unnoticed. Hey, I met her myself and I was drooling.
(I touched her too… but shhh….)

Nothing is perfect of course and Silvia tend to display this hot and cold treatment frequently. But she is also exciting, fun and full of energy. You should see her when she is blowing off steam.

But alas, after 10 months of passionate affair, Silvia is leaving. She was wooed by another.

To my dear friend: do not feel sad. Remember the great memory.

Remember how she has served you and comforted you. Remember how she lifted your spirit when you are tired.

And what many wives cannot do, you have counted on Silvia.

Remember the smoothness on your lips and the sweetness on your tongue. How she soothed you with her velvety touch.

How many but Silvia can make you a great cup of cappuccino?

Farewell Silvia. You will be missed.

Silvia

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I sold my espresso machine


Goodbye my baby, goodbye my Gaggia Baby D.

It’s been a good 2 years and you have faithfully pull me lovely espresso, delicately give me microfoam for my cappuccino.

Though you are lousy at steaming milk and no power to blow steam when your life depends on it, i have trained you to exceed your primary functions. Together we make velvety, creamy  and sweet capuccino. Though your boiler is tiny, you are not finicky like that Ms. Silvia 🙂 Oh, did anyone tell you how fast you heat up? 10 minutes and you get yourself real HOT for me.

Now that you are with someone else, behave yourself and don’t bring shame to your Ex. Just joking, I know you wouldn’t.

Thank you for the good time. The last 2 drinks has been the best.

My Mocha

My Hot Chocolate

Truly the best and also the last.

Nuova Simonelli Oscar Espresso Machine


latest Update

April 2009 – Nuova Simonelli Oscar Specifications

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Updated: 13th Feb 2009

Look at what our friend from Penang, Venky manage from the powerful Oscar:

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Not bad man. Just to proof that if anyone has the passion and interest to learn, they can make a good cuppa 🙂

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Visited my friend Venky in Penang couple of weeks back. His long awaited Nuova Simonelli Oscar Espresso Machine has just arrived. This is what you call a Prosumer Machine, meaning for Professional Consumer. Whereas, the Gaggia Baby that I have or the Rancilio Silvia are known as consumer machine / home machine.

Do not be misled by its small size. This Oscar is capable to adequately serve most small cafes in Malaysia. In fact many small cafes over-spent on a commercial 2 group stainless steel machine cost in excess of RM15K and make less than 50 cups of coffee a day.

This baby here can handle easily 100 cups throughout the day. But of course, this is a machine with a 2.# liter water tank inside (commercial machines are plumbed-in), and you need to refill the water if the traffic is high. But then, what’s wrong with manually filling water couple of times a day if it save you more than RM7,000++.

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Oscar with a silver ABS plastic body. It is heavy but not too heavy. Can be carried by a single adult. Combine with a Mazzer Mini, good and fresh coffee beans and proper skills… excellent espresso is achievable consistently.

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Only 2 buttons. One to power on, the other to start and stop the brewing process. The big knob there is for steam.

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Fully commercial grade 58mm portafilter and a 4 holes steam wand. The Oscar, being a heat-exchange machine, can steam on demand. With a 2.* litre boiler inside, you have no worry of running out of steam. In fact, the steam is so powerful, I need a few tries before adjusting to it.

One downside to this machine, if you have not notice by now, there is no hot water dispenser. Well, I suppose this is a concern one need to consider. The reason the Oscar is priced so low for it’s capabilities, something has to give. Hence, no stainless steel body and no hot water dispenser. For extra RM2K, you can get a La Scala Butterfly with sexy stainless steel body and water dispenser too.

For me, to get hot water, buy a RM200 thermos would solve all the problem.

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Finally, here’s a couple of cappuccinos made with Highlander’s Supremo Blend, brewed and frothed with Simonelli Oscar. With the current fluctuating exchange rate, you can get the Oscar for around RM5.5K to RM6K.

Barista Jam


Couple of weeks ago, we had a Barista Jam at Irving’s place. He is the proud owner of a new Rancilio Silvia and Compak Doserless grinder.

Also there were Weechuan, Joseph and myself. I shall let the photos speak for themselves.

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I am so envious my friend. Rancilio Silvia is one of the all time best home espresso machine. It beats my Gaggia Baby D without a blink. Though Silvia is more expensive (around RM2600 if you have the right connections), it is truly a worthwhile investment. Here are 3 top reasons why Silvia is better than any Gaggia’s home machine:-
1. Silvia with Brass Boiler vs Gaggia with Aluminium Bioler
2. Silvia’s boiler is 12oz vs Gaggia’s boiler is 3.5oz
3. Silvia’s powerful steam vs Gaggia’s pathetic steam

Okay. Those are the 3 photos I took with my pathetic digital camera. What you see after this are the excellent photos taken by Joseph, a professional photographer with a REAL camera 😀

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Levelinga nd tamping. Crucial steps to perform correctly in preparing espresso.

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Look at the crema of freshly roasted coffee.

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Wee Chuan holding up a shot of espresso.

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Wee Chuan distributing velvety microfoamed milk.

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Did I mentioned that Wee Chuan is a Latte Artist?

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Too good to drink? Given a choice, would you want these or $bucks?

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Really affordable way to enjoyed freshly roasted coffee.

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All coffee lovers here (and a cute coffee lover in training?) and Joseph is behind the lens.