Crew Comparison: Rancilio Silvia M vs Crossland CC1

How Does It Compare?

The single boiler espresso machine continues to be one of our top sellers with crowd favorites like the Rancilio Silvia M and Crossland Coffee CC1 at the front. Both semi-automatics recently underwent minor updates so we decided it was high time for an updated comparison. The Silvia owes its prominence to a commercial-quality build and consistent production since the 1990s. It still features a basic interface and no programmability—but we have some good news for you, coffee friends! We offer a PID installation with a warranty so you can upgrade your Silvia M with more control.

Silvia’s main competition, the Crossland CC1, has a built-in PID operated by a user-friendly digital display—seriously, the navigation is seamless. Customize your coffee using the PID to set the temperature and save up to three espresso profiles. It’s perfect for a family or small office with different preferences! The CC1 offers more customization but the Silvia M features a tried-and-true build with and without the PID. Read on to find out which single boiler machine is right for you.

The Crossland Coffee CC1 features a programmable PID and three espresso profiles. The Crossland Coffee CC1 features a programmable PID and three espresso profiles.

Shot

Equipped with an intuitive interface, customizing our coffee on the Crossland Coffee CC1 is effortless. Once we’re in the main menu, we can customize the pre-infusion, wait and brew time for each of the three profiles—that’s a lot of options for a single boiler machine! Also, we can adjust the PID to get the boiler within a degree of our ideal brew temperature. And, we know when the boiler’s ready thanks to the temperature displayed on the screen.

The CC1 comes with a 58mm non-pressurized portafilter. The CC1 comes with a 58mm non-pressurized portafilter.

The Rancilio Silvia M features simple switches that customers love—we’re on board with the experience too! If you purchase the Silvia M with PID installed by SCG, though, there is a slight learning curve to the operation. To pull a shot you engage the coffee switch and then press the pause/start button—that’s it! The PID has programmable pre-infusion, wait time, brew time and, if purchased through SCG, each PID comes pre-programmed and optimized for your espresso—you’ll reap the benefits without having to program it!

Pro tip: If you purchase the Silvia M with PID, please reference our resources to help you get started!

Steam

Since both machines are single boilers we have to brew and steam one at a time—a task we’re willing to do on these machines! Why? To start, when it comes to steam, the Rancilio Silvia M packs more punch than the competition. It brings the whole boiler to steam temperature and is easy to bring back to the brew temperature by flushing hot water through the steam wand. However, there is a downside; the Silvia M takes longer to rise to steam temperature from initial start up or after brewing. So there will be a wait time between making multiple lattes—honestly, single boiler espresso machines in general take longer to make multiple drinks than heat exchangers or double boilers.

On the other hand, the Crossland Coffee CC1 has a trick up its sleeve—this single boiler espresso machine uses a dedicated thermoblock for steaming. When the thermoblock kicks, it reduces heating time! Not to mention, we prefer the CC1’s steam wand over the Silvia M. The Silvia M’s limited rotation, short cup clearance and L-shaped design made it difficult to angle a pitcher and ultimately affected our experience frothing milk. While the CC1’s features the same L-shape, it had a higher cup clearance and longer wand for better access.

Thanks to the thermoblock, the CC1 gets up to steam temperature quicker. Thanks to the thermoblock, the CC1 gets up to steam temperature quicker.

Style

Both machines feature the sharp, boxy body outfitted with industrial stainless steel. And you know what? We love the look! The Crossland Coffee CC1 has a digital display that adds modern flair and, most importantly, the ability to customize. Built with a large, stainless steel drip tray and cup warmer, the CC1’s sharp design is functional. Our only beef with the CC1’s design in the front-accessible water tank. You cannot remove it when the portafilter is in place and it takes patience to maneuver it in—but come on, it’s a water tank!

Coffee connoisseurs appreciate the classic boxy body and L-shaped steam wand. Coffee connoisseurs appreciate the classic boxy body and L-shaped steam wand.

The Rancilio Silvia M’s updated design features a new green light that indicates that the machine is on. The orange light is still present but smaller and flashes while it’s heating up. While those updates were great, we would have loved to see a redesign with the steam wand. For those of you new to the Silvia M, the body design has the same industrial look from its original conception. Overall, the Silvia M has a style that appeals to a wide crowd and features an intuitive interface that makes making coffee enjoyable.

Conclusion

The Rancilio Silvia M and Crossland Coffee CC1 are two single boiler espresso machines that have something for everyone. When you’re considering between these two machines, one of the highlights is the  built-in PID on the CC1. While the Silvia M features an add-on, it only has one profile to customize. Both machines are excellent choices whichever way you decide. Which machine would you take home? Tell us in the comments below!

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