Don't Blow a Gasket, 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 with a few words she just didn’t deserve.