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Date: 19 Oct 2006 05:11:20
From: Matt Johnson
Subject: Pod adapter for Silvia?
So, the latest Silvias now are boxed with a big sticker saying that they are
"pod compatible". I was hoping that meant there is now a podcast for silvias,
but, alas, it indeed means the pods of coffee.

Ummm... why? Do any pods even remotely compare to the product of traditional
product of a quality home machine like the Silvia?

This seems to be like buying a Ferrari with automatic transmission. Well, not a
perfect analogy b/c you could always use the Silvia with or without the
adapter...but you know what I mean.

Here is a pic of the adapter (along with other new features)...
http://www.meo.fr/ECSupload/108/actu/108-SilviaPodAdaptableIng.pdf




 
Date: 19 Oct 2006 17:24:30
From:
Subject: Re: Pod adapter for Silvia?
On Thu, 19 Oct 2006 05:11:20 GMT, Matt Johnson
<thein2000removethistosend@yahoooo.com > wrote:

>So, the latest Silvias now are boxed with a big sticker saying that they are
>"pod compatible". <much snippage>
>
>This seems to be like buying a Ferrari with automatic transmission. <more snippage, including a qualifier>

Have you ever driven a paddle-shifter auto?

Until you do, be careful who/what you denigrate.

Sometimes convenience trumps tradition. Sometimes.




























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Date: 21 Oct 2006 12:36:56
From: Matt Johnson
Subject: Re: Pod adapter for Silvia?
>Have you ever driven a paddle-shifter auto?
>
>Until you do, be careful who/what you denigrate.
>
>Sometimes convenience trumps tradition. Sometimes.
>
True! My father in law has a 62 Mercedes convertable with a "semi automatic"
shift on the steering column -- quite nice. I haven't driven a paddle shifter,
but I belive that it is quite close.

With my Ferrari analogy I was reaching for something italian and understandable
by all. Google tells me that Ferrari does indeed make automatic transmissions
http://www.ferrariofhouston.com/456GTA.htm

Stealing a quote from here ... which denegrates the fact that Ferrari offers
automatic trans ... which the purist Masserati does not...:
http://www.forbesautos.com/reviews/2005/maserati/quattroporte/feature.html
"That ride is a smooth and luxurious one, thanks to a suspension that
continually adjusts its damper settings, but the transmission could be trouble
for Maserati. The paddle shifters -- located on either side of the steering
wheel, one for upshifts and one for downshifts -- are the Quattroporte's only
transmission option. There is no optional stick shift and, more important, no
optional automatic transmission -- a feature that demanding, discerning shoppers
appreciate in the Quattroporte's competitors because it can make daily commuting
easier. "

I am going to stick to commuting with my italian beverage (usualy a cappa)
sitting a few inches away from my automatic transmission shifter. Sorry, I just
can't do espresso to go. Espresso is for when I am up early, have time to chill
and read the paper. Cappa is for the more typical... I'm gonna be late for work
type mornings...




 
Date: 19 Oct 2006 17:32:08
From: Marshall
Subject: Re: Pod adapter for Silvia?
On Thu, 19 Oct 2006 05:11:20 GMT, Matt Johnson
<thein2000removethistosend@yahoooo.com > wrote:

>So, the latest Silvias now are boxed with a big sticker saying that they are
>"pod compatible". I was hoping that meant there is now a podcast for silvias,
>but, alas, it indeed means the pods of coffee.
>
>Ummm... why?

Lots of reasons. Most people are just looking for easy lattes at home,
not the opportunity to start a new hobby and learn a new set of
skills. It does away with the mess and clutter of a tamper, grinder
and knockbox and is easily disposed of. It allows frequent switching
of coffees (regular - decaf - flavored).

>Do any pods even remotely compare to the product of traditional
>product of a quality home machine like the Silvia?

I've had a couple that remotely compared. But only remotely.

It won't matter to most people, as they will drown their lattes in
plenty of milk and sugar anyway.

It's the stest thing Rancilio has done for their consumer ket in
a long time. Be glad. It means they'll keep building Silvias for a
long time.

shall "no, I won't be buying one for myself"


 
Date: 19 Oct 2006 06:39:55
From: Omniryx@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Pod adapter for Silvia?

Or like putting tennis shoes on a thoroughbred.



 
Date: 19 Oct 2006 06:30:57
From: Phil P
Subject: Re: Pod adapter for Silvia?

Matt Johnson wrote:
> So, the latest Silvias now are boxed with a big sticker saying that they are
> "pod compatible". I was hoping that meant there is now a podcast for silvias,
> but, alas, it indeed means the pods of coffee.
>
> Ummm... why? Do any pods even remotely compare to the product of traditional
> product of a quality home machine like the Silvia?
>
> This seems to be like buying a Ferrari with automatic transmission. Well, not a
> perfect analogy b/c you could always use the Silvia with or without the
> adapter...but you know what I mean.

Or like buying a good Nikon camera body then using it with cheap
afterket lenses. Anyway I suppose it makes sense for Rancilio since
for the price of a pod basket they get their product into another,
larger, ket sector.

>
> Here is a pic of the adapter (along with other new features)...
> http://www.meo.fr/ECSupload/108/actu/108-SilviaPodAdaptableIng.pdf