The recent Silvias (for the last 8 months to a year, or so) have an over-pressure relief valve that is adjustable.Randii wrote:.....but I haven't see any machines out there that were under (I think) $800.00 that had temperature and pressure control devices installed.
I don't think you can get them for cheaper, unless you look on E-Bay for a used one. You have to add them to cheaper machines - and thus incur additional costs.
That is good advice. My first machine was just sold- A Silvia I bought new and used daily for nearly seven years. Most folks thought I was insane for spending that much on a coffee machine. At the time, if someone had told me, "In seven years you will be getting an espresso machine that will cost around $1300," I would have thought THEY were crazy, yet here I am with a Vibiemme Domobar Super. and, yes, it makes better espresso than Silvia, and it does so more consistently.Honestly, I've found that an espresso machine really is an *investment*, and it's not a "spur of the moment" decision to be made in haste. It also is an investment of your TIME to learn how to make good espresso. There is a learning curve that you must climb. You need to understand this before you "dive down that rabbit hole!" Just think of how much money those "sink shots" are also going to cost you!
I learned a LOT during my internship with Silvia and it has helped me get the most (so far) from my VBM. But as you see, there is a long term investment to be made- in equipment, and also personally in dedicating yourself to making the best possible espresso you can. Espresso is the fine art of coffee, and like any fine cooking, there is always some improvement to be made and things to be learned... maybe more so than in nearly any other food preparation. OK.. I'm prejudiced, but the point is, you have to decide to what level of a commitment you are making.