What would be your top 5 items on your list when purchasing an espresso machine as a gift?

Here is what I bought my wife for X-Mas.  Is there anything I am missing and a "must have"?


Rancilio Silvia Redesigned V3 Espresso Machine - Stainless Steel
It comes with: Urnex Dezcal Activated Scale Remover and a Stainless Steel Tamper

I also bought...
Baratza Vario - Black
Rattleware 3 oz Shot Glass Pitcher - One 3oz - Glass
Frieling Stainless Steel Frothing Pitcher - Stainless Steel
Lavazza Gold Selection Espresso - 1 2.2lb bag
Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Espresso Coffee - 1 2.2lb bag


1 Answer

Given that you already have the majority of the components necessary to brew, the rest largely comes down to preference.  Once you figure out what types of drinks you prefer to brew, I suggest picking up some cups to personalize your coffee brewing area to your individual tastes.  If you're new to frothing milk, I'd pick up a digital frothing thermometer; These often cost slightly less than the fancier looking gauge-style analog thermometers but are much easier to read and more accurate (just don't let them get wet!).  A firm rubber tamping mat can also be fairly handy, depending on your countertop.

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