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Note: This is the most up-to-date version of the Silvia, the Silvia M. This updated model features a new boiler design and updated power switch with new lights.


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Product Description

Sturdy stainless steel casing, brass components throughout and an upgraded commercial-grade steam wand make the Rancilio Silvia Version M one of the most popular machines on the market. Simple, reliable and powerful, the Silvia espresso machine produces excellent espresso and silky microfoam milk for your lattes and cappuccinos. Add even more consistency to your Rancilio Silvia with the addition of a PID controller. Installed by our own Seattle Coffee Gear tech department before the machine goes out, these units enable you to control the temperature variance on this machine by as little as one degree.

The PID that is currently being installed on the Silvia w/ PID will display white numeric digits

Features & Functionality of the Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

  • Steaming/Hot Water: Featuring a commercial grade chrome-plated steam wand, the Rancilio Silvia quickly delivers plenty of steam for milk frothing and hot boiling water for your Americano or a cup of tea.
  • Brew Group: Inspired by Rancilio's professional espresso machines, this chrome-plated brass group ensures even heat and water distribution, resulting in highly consistent espresso extraction.
  • Pressure Release System: The commercial-grade pressure relief system utilizes a 3-way solenoid valve which makes for easier cleanup — either by reducing splatter from an inadvertently removed portafilter or by reducing post-brew drip, effecting a dried out coffee ground "puck."
  • 67 oz Water Tank: The water reservoir is removable, making for easy regular care. You can fill it while operating or by taking it out and filling it from the sink.
  • 15 BAR Heavy Duty Pump: A powerful water pump will effectively force water through your coffee grounds and extract full flavor.
  • 12 oz Brass Boiler and Three Thermostats: Brass evenly distributes heat, so this boiler will get up to temperature quickly and easily maintain it through multiple repetitive uses. The thermostats monitor the espresso, steam and boiler heat to ensure excellent espresso extraction without worrying about overheating.
  • Stainless Steel Construction: Brushed stainless steel case, rust resistant steel frame, stainless steel bolts, screws, heating element and only the finest fittings and tubing give this machine a sleek, industrial and functional design.
  • Plug n Play: Requiring no special plumbing or electrical outlets, you can easily plug the Silvia right in and it's ready to operate.
  • Portafilter and Filter Baskets: The Silvia comes with a commercial-grade, heavy-duty chrome plated brass portafilter and two stainless steel filter baskets (one for single shot, one for double shot) which measure 58mm in diameter.
  • Drip/Cup Tray and Warmer: The stainless steel drip pan and cup tray are easy to remove and clean. Plus, a warming surface on the top of the machine gives you a space to warm your cup before you pour your espresso, keeping it at the right temperature — an essential element of fine espresso.
Pros
  • Easy to Use - Users will find the Rancilio Silvia is simple to operate.
  • Good Price for Serious Machine - You can't go wrong with the price of this well-designed, high-end machine with great features and reliability.
  • Removable Heating Element - The stainless steel heating element is removable for quick and easy repairs.
Cons
  • Precise Grind Needed - To extract an ideal shot, you'll need to really get your grinds dialed-in. This machine benefits from a high-end grinder to get the most performance out of it.
  • No Programming - With the exception of the PID (optional install), there are no programming capabilities with the Rancilio Silvia.
How Does it Compare?

The Rancilio Silvia M features a newly insulated boiler that helps to offer more efficient power consumption over its predecessor.

Tips and Tricks

The Rancilio Silvia produces ideal shots, but it takes a little more work because of its specific grind requirement. Be prepared to dial in your grind every time you use a new bag of beans, and to use fresh beans for the best flavor.

Additional Information

Model Number Ran-Silvia VM
Manufacturer Rancilio
Width 9.5 inches
Depth 11.0 inches
Height 13.5 inches
Watts 1100W
Volts 120V
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass
Cup Clearance 3.0 inches
Boiler Volume 12 oz
Reservoir Size 67 oz
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Warm Up: Brew Time 3 minutes and 27 seconds
Boiler Design Single Boiler
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Size 58mm
Material Stainless Steel

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Does the PID that comes with this machine have the pre infuse functions?
A shopper on Oct 13, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the Silvia we offer with an installed PID has both programmable pre infusion and shot length timing.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 13, 2014
Hi, where is the Rancilio Silvia v3 made?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2012
Best Answer: The Rancilio Silvia is made in Italy.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Jul 6, 2012
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Do you really have to wait 45 minutes in the morning before you draw the first shot or is there a work-around?
John G on Nov 12, 2012
Best Answer: Actually yes more wait time is welcome. The wait time is mainly due to the thermal mass of brass this machine has. The boiler and group head is made of brass, and they get up to temp in around 30 minutes, the extra 15 is to get the brass portafilter and basket up to temp as well.

Why? to simply make use of the brass! Ask yourself why did they use brass, and why higher end machines use brass and top end use copper? why not Aluminum or stainless? Simply because brass retains heat more than other types of metal, and the best is copper (which most HX machines do use). which means when you pull a shot the temp of water running from boiler to grouphead to portafilter should remain consistent till it reaches the grounds and out of the portafilter. Temp stability is vital to ensure proper extraction, cause you might have water in the boiler at right temp but until it reaches the grounds, if not brass/copper temp might drop dramatically.

Wait time is to make sure all the parts are at the same temperature and so water will hit grounds and come out at the correct temp which will make your espresso taste far better.

45 minutes is alot , I know, but you have 2 work arounds.

First: Get a good electric DIGITAL timer. and set it 45 minutes prior your wake up time so when you wake up the machine is already up to temp

Second: You can cheat miss silvia, there is a very popular page for that, just google "CoffeeKid Cheating miss silvia"

I hope I've been informative.
Reply (1) · Report · Shehab I on Nov 20, 2012
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I'm looking to purchase the Silvia with PID, but I'm concerned about the PID attaching to the unit with double sided adhesive. It seems like the fluctuations in temperature of the machine would cause the adhesive to lose adhesion over time. Have issues been reported about this? Can anyone share their experience with me?

thank you,
James
James M on Jan 15, 2015
Best Answer: my wife bought the rancilio for me as a b day present. I did a ton of research because in all honesty it's an expensive purchase. I have had this machine for a 2yrs and I use it everyday sometimes 3 or more times a day. it looks exactly the same as day 1, and I'm glad I got it with the pid. no problems with it falling off, and I clean my machine daily. best part about the pid is you can customize it, you can put different Temps and run time. highly recommend it
Reply · Report · Darla G on Jan 20, 2015
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We're finally (after 6 years) having to replace our Solis Crema SL70 espresso machine. The features we loved were the pressurized filter basket and brass heater, solid construction. We were sold on that machine because of how forgiving it was with regard to differences in beans and did not require pinpoint precision grind, although we do have a very high quality coffee grinder with fine adjustments. After initial research this machine seems to come closest to what we like. Do others agree? Can it handle a bean that is a bit oily? (local coffee roaster). Thanks in advance.
A shopper on Nov 4, 2012
Best Answer: Hello,

First I must state that this is my first espresso machine. Before I bought "Miss Silvia" I spent a fair amount of time researching the subject. I am extremely happy with my choice. The three drawbacks were the lack of a gauge or view port on the water tank, the small drip pan, and that it was somewhat difficult to judge when the water had reached the proper temperature for a perfect shot. I ignored the tank problem and got a small pan to put under my espresso cup. I ordered a PID from an engineer who sells kits on eBay at the same time as I ordered the machine. This small device is a little processing chip, control switches and an accurate thermometer. It keeps the temperature to within one degree of its setting. It displays the temperature as numbers on an LCD so one knows when to start the process. I installed the PID on the machine after first testing the machine one time, as the warranty might have been voided by the modification. (That first cup from the machine, with no PID, was great.) The PID installation was well described and documented with pictures and was easy to do.

As to a problem with oily beans, the Silvia machine itself works equally well with any roast. The Rancillo grinder, which I also use, does have a problem with very oily (dark roast) beans. Most espresso drinkers prefer the more caffeinated lighter roasts and I usually fall in this group. I sometimes use dark roasts and two or three times - out of many hundreds - I have had to empty the grinder and return the beans to fix the jam.

Both the machine and the PID have worked flawlessly for three years. I am very pleased with both and highly recommend the Silvia and the use of a PID.
Reply · Report · Bruce R on Nov 6, 2012
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I've got a Silvia, bought it six or eight years ago from a vendor who shall remain nameless. It died after a bit over a year, and for lack of finding a place that would try to fix it, it sat in a closet for the next six or so years. (The selling vendor was, to be very polite, less than useful.) In a (failed) effort to fix it when it first died, I replaced the thermostats, but that obviously didn't work. My wife finally found -- through Rancillio -- a shop that would try to fix it, and they've said it needs a new boiler ($125), a bunch of new gaskets, two thermostats, and between two and three hours of labor. With a repair total of $408 facing me, I don't think it makes sense to put the money into the old Silvia. (Feel free to correct me on that.) So, going forward, does it make sense to buy a new Silvia, or should I look at another machine. The Silvia was terrific -- until it abruptly stopped doing anything at all at 13-15 months of use. (And it was bought new, not used.) Thanks for your advice and comments. Question mark?
Ed Rice on Dec 10, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Ed,
The folks at Seattle Coffee asked to reply to your question since we have had a Rancilio Silvia for about four years. The machine has been incredibly reliable, and makes an honest espresso every single time. We are actually are a little slow on the timing of the decalcifications, and it still works great nevertheless.. We complement it with a Nespresso Aeroccino frother to make the hot steamed milk, so maybe that takes the stress off the boiler and thermostats (it also save lots of time). We have had neighbors in two states coming to our house for the best machiattos in town. If you read the reviews, the Silvia is one of the most solid machines you can buy. Hope a new one works for you too.
Reply · Report · Miguel L on Dec 11, 2013
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I have a Krups which I love but after a year or so always have leaks this time from attachment point to frother. My it confusion with Silvia is this fear of not knowing how much water is in the boiler which is not a cover with my Krups. I am afraid of burning out the boiler by failing to have enough water in it. Typically we only make two shots at a time. Is this a real concern?
A shopper on Nov 10, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Erica,
Sorry for the confusion!
In order to prime the Silvia after steaming, you would turn Off the steam switch, the bottom switch of the three on the left, and turn On the middle switch, the water switch which engages the pump. You will do this while simultaneously turning the steam knob into the "open" position. This allows you to deplete steam from the boiler, and refill the boiler with water from the tank. No, I am not intending to use the words "boiler" and "tank" interchangeably, and misspoke in my first note to you. Correct wording for that sentence would be "prime the machine after steaming to refill the boiler." Sorry!

Regarding a grinder, the reason you absolutely need your own grinder for either the Silvia or the Crossland CC1, is that both of these machines require a specific grind that is different for every machine and every bean. If you go to your local coffee shop or a grocery store and have them grind beans for you, unfortunately their setting will likely be different from yours, as there is not a universal espresso grind setting. It is also the case that beans age quickly, and grinding them will allow them to age even quicker, as there is that much more surface area exposed to the air. If you try to use preground coffee in these machines, you will not find good flavor or crema and be very disappointed with the results. I would also suggest watching the video on the Silvia page for an overview of the machine and what all the buttons do for more information. I hope this helps clarify further, but please give us a call if you have any other questions! 866-372-4734
Reply (1) · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 15, 2013
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I bought the Silvia several months ago and am generally happy with it, using the single filter basket. I am having a lot of trouble with the double basket. The shot pours out very quickly and is very watery, no crema at all. The same beans, the same grind using the single basket gives me a very good shot.
What am I doing wrong? Anyone run into the same issue?
Shanti S on Nov 9, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Shanti,

I seem to recall having this problem early on with my Rancilio. I changed the grind to a finer setting and started tamping the grounds as I filled the portafilter. So I fill the portafilter halfway then tamp very firmly, fill some more and tamp again. Make sure you have grinds higher than the indented line around the interior of the portafilter basket. I don't know what type of bean grinder you have (I use a Baratza Preciso) but the grinder does make a difference as well. Hope this helps.
Reply (1) · Report · Diana A on Nov 10, 2013
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On occasion, I would want the Silvia to just heat water for french press coffee or tea. 1. How long does it take to get up to temp to dispense hot water? 2. How much hot water can it dispense at one time? 3. Will it damage the machine to pour a 2-liter pot of hot water?
runsw/scissors on Jan 7, 2016
Best Answer: There are far more efficient ways to heat 2 liters of water than using your expresso machine. Plus I am pretty sure that the act of dispensing so much hot water would soon empty the boiler and you would not even be able to dispense even a liter before having to start all over again. Buy yourself an electric water heater, a tea pot, or use the stove.
Reply · Report · Bruce B on Feb 5, 2016
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Where is the Silvia Espresso machine manufactured?
squaint on Mar 2, 2014
Best Answer: The Rancilio Silvia is made in Italy.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 3, 2014
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Should one have pid installed.?
Karen K on Apr 20, 2015
Best Answer: You can elect to have the PID installed if you would like to be able to control your temperature to give you a more precise shot of espresso. It is totally optional.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Apr 24, 2015
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the user manual would seem to indicate that this is a dual-voltage machine (i.e. can be switched to run on either 110/220v by the user), although many reviews seem to indicate otherwise. Can anyone let me know for sure? I'm in Europe for a few years, but will be moving back to the US, and would like to invest in a machine I can have for the long haul.
A shopper on Dec 22, 2011
Best Answer: This machine is either 220v (European version) or 110v (US version). Only the 110v version is sold in the US. The machine is not convertible between voltages.
Reply · Report · SCG SStaff on Dec 30, 2011
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Is the Silvia 3 good at just making coffee? I don't always want expresso.
mario s on Jan 24, 2015
Best Answer: If you want more than a cup of coffee, then I would avoid using the Rancilio and stick with a percolator. If you just want a single cup, then it works great at making a quick Americano (which is effectivly a cup of coffee).
Reply · Report · Shari G on Jan 29, 2015
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I live at high altitude -- 6300 feet. Water boils at 200 degrees here. Will Silvia be able to get the water hot enough to pull a good shot?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2013
Best Answer: I believe it shouldn't be a problem because the boiler is a closed system (unlike a pan of water) although you might have to do a little adjusting of how you do the cooling flush...you can look for discussion threads on the internet using search terms "high" "altitude" "espresso" "maker". One suggestion might be to go to a local cafe and ask if they make any adjustments to pulling shots in their machine and follow suit.
Reply · Report · Martin F on Jun 4, 2013
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How much milk can you froth at a time? Without hurting the machine. I'm looking at filling a 16 oz glass with a double shot and filling the rest with HOT frothed milk.
Troy B on Mar 27, 2013
Best Answer: Actually in my morning latte with the Silvia I pour about 8 oz of 1% in a 16 oz mug and steam it in the mug (probably not the advised method but it works for me), then I hit the top espresso switch (without the portifilter on) to let the water run through until the light comes on. Turn off the switch, wait 30 seconds, insert the portafilter and pull a double shot. Then add it to the steamed milk. I only make one latte per day but I assure you that it works really well with about 8 oz. of cold milk. It expands to the top of the mug.

FYI: I use organic 1% milk from Costco. It tastes so much richer and steams better than non organic from the grocery store.
Reply · Report · Laura B on Mar 27, 2013
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when i try to pull a shot from my rancilio silvia the only thing i can get is steam? ive followed the instructions, but it does not seem to be running water through.
alex a on Feb 5, 2016
Best Answer: There are 4 switches
The power switch (on the right) heats the water in the boiler to brewing temp. around 185.
On the left, the top switch operates the pump to the portafilter (pulling a shot)
The middle button activates the pump to the wand to pull hot water (for tea)
The third heats the water to above boiling 265-285 degrees. (steam)
Steam will come out if the water in the boiler is above boiling. Even after you turn the third switch off, the water in the boiler may be above boiling.
Try these things.
Starting cold. Turn on the power (right switch). Wait until the temp light turns off. (The square one). Turn on the top switch (pump to the portafilter), hot water should come out of the portafilter. If you do not turn on the third switch, you should not get steam. If you do, the unit is defective.
Starting hot. If you have had the third switch on, even if you turn it off, the water in the boiler is still superheated to above boiling. You can bleed off the steam by turning on the first switch (pump) until hot water comes out of the portafilter. Steam will come out first. If you leave it on long enough the temp light will go back on. Again, with the third switch off, If the water in the boiler gets superheated, and steam comes out, the unit is defective.
One more note. To use the wand to steam milk, you turn on the third switch, wait until the temp light goes out and turn the knob on the wand to get steam. For hot water out of the wand the third switch is off. the second switch will operate the pump to push hot water out of the wand.
Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Mark S on Feb 9, 2016
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can I leave the machine turn on for a couple hours?
jais f on Jul 25, 2016
Best Answer: Yes. Keep in mind that leaving the machine on with no water in the boiler will burn your boiler and will require a $200 replacement part. Keeping your machine on for extended periods of time when not in use will also put unnecessary wear and tear on your machine - gaskets would be needed to be replaced more frequently and it risks wearing out any switch controlling the boiler temp prematurely.
Reply · Report · Michael C on Jul 27, 2016
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Is there a manual coffee grinder that would work ok with the Rancilio Silvia?
Tim T on Dec 30, 2015
Best Answer: I wouldn't recommend a manual grinder for this system. Also I do not know of any.

The rancillio is a good coffee system. But you will need to dial in you grind

Good luck and enjoy
Reply · Report · Joe R on Feb 5, 2016
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Lots of great info and questions here on here how to produce the best shot and drink. I am very close to buying the Silvia and a Baratza grinder. Does the machine come with directions on how to use? Do I truly need the PID? And it seems a need a timer, so when I wake up I don't have to wait 45 min.?
Jason S on Jul 5, 2016
Best Answer: Yes, it does come with instructions, and is very simple. It will take some practice to get the feel for it.

You don't NEED the PID, but I have one and find it totally worth the investment. Just knowing when it's up to temp is great, but also being able to program shot times is super helpful for multitasking on busy mornings.

Also, you can get by without waiting 45 min. I usually wake up, turn it on, then hop in the shower. But, if I forget, I just turn it on, and within 5-10 minutes it's up to temp. What happens if you don't wait longer is that the water gets to temp, but all the internal components down to the brew head and basket don't get to temp. So, by the time the water gets to the coffee, it's slightly cooler. To help with that (and again, this is only when I'm in a rush), I just run hot water through the brew head/basket to heat it up. I then wait another minute to get the water back up to temp and am good to go. Running that water through will heat the components from the boiler to the basket.

Hope this helps.

James
Reply · Report · James M on Jul 5, 2016
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How often do I need to replace my brew head screen and portafilter basket on my Silvia if I use it twice daily?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2016
Best Answer: The screen and basket do not wear out and do not need to be replaced if kept clean and free of residue and oils. You may choose to replace the screen if it gets too clogged over time to thoroughly clean. It is a good idea to have an extra screen on hand but not necessary. They are inexpensive and easy to order. We've had 2 Silvias, 10 years worth. Our older Silvia is making a friend very happy. Enjoy yours.
Reply · Report · Bob K on Feb 10, 2016
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where is this product manufacture?
jais f on Jul 25, 2016
Best Answer: Its Italian made and assemble machine, whether some parts and I emphasize some parts may have been manufactured in another country . Its an Italian and manufacture machine.
Reply · Report · David S on Jul 29, 2016
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I bought the grinder - Compak Elite. Using an old espresso machine - Delonghi.
Will be buying the Silvia M through your website. Great videos by the way!
My querstion - Using the Compak Elite, how fine of a grind do I want to have for the Silvia M machine. Is there a magic number on the Compak Elite setting? Also, how much coffee grind goes into the puck? How do I know it is 7 or 9 grams. I do not understand the dosser on the compak elite. In addition, I am purchasing the PID from mecoffee.nl for the Silvia. HAve you utilized it. I have alot more questions, but will stick with these for now.
kash p on Jul 13, 2016
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Best Answer: I bought my PID on my Silvia and love it. Takes a LONG time to figure out just how fine to grind...I found if the water comes in too fast, grind finer....finally got it right, but every time I change coffee I have to refine! It is a learning curve! As for how much to fill, I use the double shot doser and fill not over the line, as if I fill too much it won't tighten down when fitting into Silvia. I watched the videos over and over, played around, poured out some terrible pulls and just took my time to adjust and modify.
Reply · Report · Dedra M on Jul 14, 2016
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I purchased my Silvia V3 about 1.5 years ago. Over the past 6 months, I've noticed that the machine has required the finest grind on my Baratza virtuoso preciso grinder and still runs fast. I clean the grinder (take the burrs out) every 4-5 months. I use 16-18g of coffee, whichever fills just above the portafilter and tamper fairly hard in my opinion. I clean the machine every 2 months with Dezcal, and use coffee roasted locally (usually about 1-2 weeks old). Do you have any advice on what to do next?
Jeremy O on Jul 8, 2016
Best Answer: If I were guessing I would say the problem is with the grinder not the Silvia. I do not know when the burrs might need to be replaced. I would call or e-mail Baratza for suggestions. I found their customer service to be excellent. I upgraded to the Baratza Vario to go with my Silvia and find that to be an excellent pairing.
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what other machines should i compare to a sylvia?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2016
Best Answer: I did quite a bit of research and narrowed my selection to the Silvia w/PID and the Breville BES920. I watched most, if not all, of the comparison videos on Seattle Coffee Gear as well as a large number of videos on YouTube. From this research I determined that wanted a machine with accurate temperature monitoring. I also determined that I wanted a Double Boiler to help maintain brewing water temp. I have owned the BES920 for two years and have been extremely impressed. Note that a high quality burr grinder and the grind setting used have as big or even bigger influence on the quality of the brew as does the espresso machine. I use a Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder which is adequate for the task. I did need to disassemble the grinder to adjust the burr adjustments to get a finer grind. My next purchase will be a higher quality grinder. I hope this information helps.
Reply · Report · John S on Feb 5, 2016
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I just received my new Rancilio Silvia 3, being a novice, I read and watched videos and paid attention to the directions. This, my 2nd day brewing, the steam, purged ahead as advised, when steaming, stopped after about 10 seconds, any advice out there? thanks
terry b on Aug 3, 2013
Best Answer: My experience with the machine is from using it now for over a year.It seems best to purge the water out of the steam line first, then grind the coffee and pour your milk etc, as it wants time between purging the water from the line and then being used for making steam.
If you purge the line of water and ask for steam right away, you may not get any, or it will be at very low pressure. I hope that helps.

Neal
Reply · Report · N R on Aug 6, 2013
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What are the maintenance requirements for the new Rancilio Silvia. I got one and want to make sure it last for a long time?
kash p on Aug 3, 2016
Best Answer: Hi, we bought ours a few months back and absolutely love it. We called customer service when we first got it to make sure we were doing everything right. You have to make sure you cool down after steaming (each time) by running the water. It helps to have the temperature gauge installed. We make sure the tank is always filled with water too. We still need to learn how to back flush which we plan on doing soon. The machine is great though. Good luck!
Reply (1) · Report · Susana R on Aug 4, 2016
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? Hi, so i have recently acquired (i say recently its been 4 weeks) a Rancilio Silvia after my long but trusty Gaggia Cubika (i know its was a low-end model but it supported me for 10+ years after mastering it); Now the bad news, i am struggling with the Rancilio Silvia; i'm not barista but i know how to make a coffee.. My problems with the Silvia 2016 model to date:

i. Despite multiple brands of coffee, multiple grinds (using Gaggia MDF grinder), i constantly get weak coffee's when making a milk-based coffee such as a flat with or cappuccino etc; Crema is fine but they are weak
ii. I find the quantity of the filter basket small; i say this in light of using my Gaggia MDF grinder to distribute the coffee doser; there is little room for tolerance when attempting to fit the portafilter on to the machine - i would argue the point its just too small particularly the single filter.

So i will confess, i do NOT let the machine heat up for 30mins as some folks suggest; i know some folks will get pedantic on this BUT the machine shows its heated after 5 mins, as well as the fact the water temperature if fine. I also tend to pour coffee first then steam milk; i know this site as well as comments by others infer steaming should be done first but seriously what is the big difference here as it seems somewhat redundant approach. NOTE: I have tried leaving machine as well as heat milk first - it does little or no different to the end product; Its also worth noting i am able to pour a good crema on coffee's.. they are just weak. Last confession, i use a plastic tamper.

I have read on the www that i should avoid the single filter - can someone explain to me why as i don't understand the fact the Silvia doesn't support a single filter. I also have a real issue with the amount of coffee the filter holds re tolerance of over-filling tolerance (FYI: my grinder doser is around 6-8gms of coffee per serve (naturally double the size for a double)). Appreciate advice, brad
Carey F on May 24, 2016
Best Answer: Hi Brad,

I bought a Silvia from SCG a few years ago, and I think I have a few answers -- or maybe just opinions -- that I hope will be of use to you.

First, the single filter. The idea of a "single" basket originates from the Italian tradition of drinking very, very small espresso shots, a constraint that came from the limits of very early hand-pumped machines. Those original shots used about 7gr of coffee. These days almost nobody -- even in Italy -- actually tries to pull a single shot, if asked to make a "cafe solo" an Italian barista will usually serve up half of a double, then give the other half to the next guy.

The standard for modern espresso is actually the double shot, something from around 14-20 grams of coffee. I recommend you take out the Silvia's single basket, put it in a draw, and never touch it again. It is a historical curiosity only.

I'd also suggest letting the machine heat up for much longer -- the issue isn't the boiler temperature, but the big mass of metal parts that the water and coffee pass through between the boiler and your cup. If all that metal is cold, the water will be way below optimal temperature by the time it hits the portafilter, and your shot will be thin and sour. I really recommend warming it up. You can get it down to 15-20 minutes if you run a shots of water through it every few minutes while it's heating.

If those two suggestions don't help you, reply again? The Silvia can be a bit fiddly and take a while to get used to -- I know my shots were all over the map for the first month or two.
Reply · Report · Kazjon Simes G on Jun 13, 2016
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Regarding temperature surfing: if one is NOT going to steam milk (just make espresso), is it necessary to get the boiler up to steam temperature first? I understand from the videos that then one should raise the temp again till the heating light goes out - then wait 30 seconds for temp to fall (to the correct brew temp) then brew.
It seems like (if one is not steaming milk) one could first raise the temp till the heating light goes out, then let it fall (to the correct brew temp, however much time that takes), then brew. Correct?
A shopper on Feb 15, 2016
Best Answer: Firstly, you shouldn't use the steam temperature for making espresso, it's far too hot (even after 30 seconds) and it will make very bitter coffee.
The key is to get the boiler to heat up under non-steam conditions and then brew the espresso within 30 secs of the light switching off - this is the optimum temperature.
A trick to getting the Rancilio Silva to reheat to optimum temperature quickly is to replace the hot water in the boiler with cold water from the tank. To do this, switch on the hot water switch, and then open the steam value to let out the hot water in the boiler. After a short while the boiler will be filled with cold water, thereby activating the boiler again, you can now switch off the steam valve and hot water button. Once the water has boiled and the boiler light has switched off, you have 30 seconds to brew the perfect shot of espresso.
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What all is included in the box?
BWINK2 on Aug 31, 2015
Best Answer: Everything you need to get started. You will have to figure out what you want to use to catch the coffee as it comes out. I found that a 100 ml beaker (from chemistry class) with a scrap if 1/2 inch plywood as a spacer works well, but any small container or cup will work. Get going with it and then decide what else you want to get or change. The PID option is a VERY nice addition and I consider it essential. You have to order it with the machine. Good Luck and Enjoy!
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I need to replace the group head of a 5 year old Rancilio Silvia (not just the gasket). Where can I find instructions and diagrams for this repair?
Patricia Cox L on Aug 1, 2013
Best Answer: I have no idea other than at Seattle Coffee Gear.I've had my Rancilio Silvia since Christmas 2011 and use it 5 or 6 times per week. Each time I try meticulously to clean it, and monthly I flush it out. So far I've had no problem whatsoever with it and have seen no wear on it. We're extremely please with it, especially its frothing capability.
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Thanks everyone for the quick answers! I've been reading reviews about silvia on Coffee Geek. There are several complaints about the bottom of the frame and the drip pan rusting. Have any of you had this problem?
Troy B on Mar 27, 2013
Best Answer: This is not something I've heard of happening with the Silvia (and we sell quite a few of these machines!), and so I wouldn't be concerned. The machine should not be sitting in water, and the drip tray does not have a super deep capacity, so it is also pretty unlikely that it would be filled for extended lengths of time with water, leading to rust.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 1, 2013
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what is the difference between the Breville 860 and the Rancilio One-Group Semi-Automatic Silvia. i guess my question is which is a better coffee machine??
dee L on Nov 23, 2011
Best Answer: Hi, Dee. I chose the Sylvia after doing quite a bit of evaluation of the various machines. If I recall, I chose the Sylvia because it has a better and longer-lasting boiler (cast iron vs. steel), higher more accurate temp, less issues, and is a reputable brand, and I wanted the grinder separate from the machine for easier maintenance. Look into those differences to see if they are still valid. Kat's videos on youtube helped tremendously! I love my Sylvia.
Best of luck to you,
Linda
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Since the new Silvia M has insulation around the boiler, is it necessary to wait longer than 30 seconds (as recommended in the video) - after the heating light goes off - before pulling a shot? If so, about how long?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2016
Best Answer: You will need a good 10minutes to pull a shot, but since i usually cannot wait that long, i just run water through, and that does the trick
Reply · Report · Tarek M on Mar 29, 2016
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Will a Baratza Virtuoso (not a Preciso version) be adequate for dialing in a suitable grind with this machine?
Randall on Feb 28, 2016
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
Best Answer: It will be suitable, you will be using the lowest 3 settings mostly. Every bean will be a bit different. Happy tamping! - Nick
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Is the rancilio Silvia espresso machine a V3 or V4?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2016
Best Answer: It is the latest V3, which some sellers like to refer to as V4. Rancilio does not refer to it as a V4. It is still the V3 with updates
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Feb 3, 2016
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Is the machine still under warranty if you have the PID preinstalled?
A shopper on Dec 16, 2015
Best Answer: yes, it will still come with the year warranty as a brand new machine would. It is available for extended warranties as well.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Dec 20, 2015
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Does the option of Silvia w PID Installed mean PID is pre-installed and ready to use? Thanks. I dont really want to install PID myself.
A shopper on Nov 29, 2015
Best Answer: That is correct. If you get the Silvia with the PID version, it is already installed for you.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Nov 29, 2015
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If I don't order the PID installed does it come with the Silva?
A shopper on Nov 20, 2015
Best Answer: No, if you get the machine with out the PID installed it will not come with it, however, it can always be purchased separately at a later date, if you chose to add it on.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Nov 22, 2015
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Can I safely use an ese pod in the single shot basket without adapting the group head for ese pods?
Jim M on Oct 21, 2015
Best Answer: No.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Oct 23, 2015
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hello-where is the rancilio silvia V4 manufactured?
A shopper on Oct 17, 2015
Best Answer: Italy
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Oct 27, 2015
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Can the Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine be plumbed in to a water line?
Ian A on Aug 5, 2015
Best Answer: No
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 6, 2015
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What kind of warranty is this machine coming with?
John D on Aug 1, 2015
Best Answer: Rancilio comes with a 1 year warranty. You can also purchase an additional 1 year or 2 year extended warranty.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 3, 2015
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Rancilio Silvia 3 started shots coming too fast within the last 3 weeks. I am using the same grind level on my Baratza Precisio and now can't pull a decent shot. I have had both for almost a year and have done the descaling and cleaning as recommended. I have even tried using the finest level on my Baratza and still the same shot. Any ideas? Is it the grinder?
Randa T on Jul 23, 2015
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder
Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder
Best Answer: The Silvia can prove to be quite temperamental. I would recommend going to the Baratza website and troubleshooting your Preciso. You may be able to recalibrate the burrs to go finer. http://www.baratza.com/troubleshooting/ just choose the Preciso for instructions on getting your grind finer!
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 11, 2015
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Can Rancilio Silvia be used with a pressurized portafilter ? Does such a one exist ?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2015
Best Answer: If there were a pressurized portafilter for the Silvia I'm sure you could use one, but there is not a pressurized portafilter for this machine as that would be considered a downgrade. Most people choose to upgrade to non-pressurized portafilters as this provides more control through tamping.
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Any advice on what to do before leaving my Rancilio Silvia unused for 6 months? (It's not going to be moved or exposed to low/high temperatures, just not used for a while.) I've just descaled and cleaned. Should I empty the water tank too? Anything else? Thanks!
Zoë S on Jun 8, 2015
Best Answer: You definitely want to empty the water tank and drain the boiler. In fact, we have a video on what to do for storing your machine! I have linked it here for your convenience:
https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/learn/videos-home/ask-the-experts/drain-the-boiler-single-boiler-edition
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jul 17, 2015
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Question regarding your Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Version 3

Your product description is indicating : "15 BAR Heavy Duty Pump: A powerful water pump will effectively force water through your coffee grounds and extract full flavor."

What is the part number of this heavy duty pump ? From several researches on internet, It seems that there are more than one pump model, a low quality one with a plastic piston (often causing leaking problems), one of a higher quality that thas a brass piston, and there may be others. I would appreciate to know which model of the pump corresponds to the 15 BAR Heavy Duty Pump. Thank you for your help.
B. M on Apr 25, 2015
Best Answer: Rancilio comes with the pump that has a nylon piston. We do carry the pump with the brass piston that you can purchase. Our internal part number for that pump is PRT143C0060. If you want the part number as indicated by Rancilio, you will need to contact Rancilio directly. They can be reached at 1-630-914-7900
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on May 29, 2015
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Is it possible to replace the portafilter with a bottomless portafilter and pay the difference?
A shopper on Apr 22, 2015
Best Answer: No, I'm sorry. You would need to purchase the bottomless portafilter separately.
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Is Silvia good for small shop? What is recovery between shots? Is it one of two group head?
Karen K on Apr 20, 2015
Best Answer: No, the Silvia would not be recommended for a small shop unless you were only doing under 10 shots a day. Since this is a single boiler, if you are wanting to do milk based drinks you would have to wait a few minutes between each as the boiler would need to heat up to steam and then cool down to brew. This really is a home machine, not meant for use in a shop. This has one group head.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Apr 24, 2015
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Is it two group ?
Karen K on Apr 20, 2015
Best Answer: No, this is one group.
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What is the "PID" add on to this machine( Silvio Version 3)?
skip G on Apr 5, 2015
Best Answer: PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) Control is a popular upgrade to Silvia machines. Basically, a PID controller closely monitors and electronically regulates the water temperature at the brew group.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Apr 10, 2015
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How many people would love it if Rancilio installed PIDs into every Silvia?
Jennifer B on Feb 25, 2015
Best Answer: I'm sure it would be quite popular, but some people do want the simplicity as the manufacturer designed it. The PID that Seattle Coffee Gear installs is an add-on accessory, which is also why there is an additional cost to it! :-)
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Mar 1, 2015
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Is this Sylvia model with PID the pre-infusion PID?
Steve P on Jan 30, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, the PIDs that we install on the Silvias do have pre-infusion built into the timing, and you can adjust the timing or length of time that it will do this step.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 2, 2015
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The boiler and group head is made of brass. Are the brass exposed or plated? If they're exposed, is it safe for consumers since they contain lead?
MaryD on Jan 2, 2015
Best Answer: The boiler does have a protective coating inside the boiler to protect the brass, and while the group head does not, Rancilio has done a lot of testing to ensure that the brass they use has less than .01% lead content. It is safe to use and brew with!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 7, 2015
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I was wondering did they change the boiler element inside the machine? Instead of copper there using something else? I am on the fence of buying this machine just because of the past of the element burn out.
rescueguy89 on Dec 19, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the Silvia now uses a stainless steel heating element instead of copper, and while this reduces the risk for burning out your boiler, it doesn't eliminate it. You will still need to be sure to keep water in the tank, and to refill the boiler after every time that you steam. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 19, 2014
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silvia v4
what are the specific upgrades compare to this machine and is it available?
karen g on Dec 3, 2014
Best Answer: We carry essentially the "V4" version, however Rancilio does not list this item as a version 4. The most recent update from the original version 3, and the reason that others are calling it a version 4, is that the heating element inside the boiler is no longer copper and is now stainless steel. This is great for durability and is less likely to burn out the element from improper use and not refilling the boiler.

However, it is still very important to make sure that you refill your boiler after every time that you steam, and is especially important to prime your machine as soon as you turn it on when you first receive it after initial purchase.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 4, 2014
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Does the V3 come with a blind basket for backflushing in the box?
Zoë S on Nov 28, 2014
Best Answer: It doesn't have a blind basket, but rather a rubber gasket (universal fit) to be placed beneath the single basket, thereby creating a seal for backflushing.
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What is the clearance with the drip table out please?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: With the drip tray and drip tray grate completely removed from the Rancilio Silvia, you would have some leaking from the machine, as the drip tray catches a bit of water after all brewing shots from the pressure release valve. Located behind the backslash of the machine is a small tube that will direct a bit of water into the dray to create a drier puck. With the tray out completely, from the portafilter to the bottom of the machine the clearance is 4 5/8", and with the tray in place but the grate out, clearance is about 4 1/2". Keep in mind brewing with the cup in the tray, your cup may end up sitting in a small amount of water.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 14, 2014
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I noticed that your Rancilio in the YouTube video had a PID modification done to it- do you have any suggestions or resources for doing that? I am mostly interested in having mine stay at a precise temp and ready for me in the morning.
Jay D on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: If you are purchasing the Silvia new, we offer the potential for a PID installed machine and you save a bit of money on both the PID and the install. If you already have a Silvia then the PID kit can be found at the first link below. Click on the Resources tab in order to see the Install, Start Up, and Operation guide for the PID. The last two links are a few videos of programing and overviews of the PID.

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/pid-retrofit-kit-for-rancilio-silvia-with-pre-infusion-white

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mk7S-AcI2M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1wAQNH1lYs

While the PID offers stable temperature and programing for shot length and pre infusion, it does not offer a quicker heat up time, faster recovery after steaming, or an automatic timer to turn on the machine in the morning. Hope this info helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 12, 2014
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Hello,

I recently bought this machine with the PID installed, and I was very excited for the upgrade! I used to have a De'Longhi beginner machine...

Anyway, I kept reading how the Silvia needed a finer grind, and I have a Baratza Virtuoso. I have tried all settings from 4 up through 12. 10, 11 and 12 will produce a complete double (Most of the time), but under 10, the shot won't pull at all... I get less than half an ounce with an 8, and anything lower it won't do... I feel that I am tamping correctly, and if anything may be tamping a little light...

Is this a problem I can address? Could it have to do with the PID? any help would be greatly appreciated--

Thanks!
Nathan H on Aug 10, 2014
Best Answer: I am sorry that you're having trouble with dialing in your grind on that Silvia! If your beans are fresh, the grinder burrs are new, and/or the Virtuoso is calibrated fairly fine, then a grind setting of around 12 or so sounds pretty normal. Your grind will vary, but typically very fresh beans with a new grinder will not require as fine of a grind as older (potentially stale) beans and an older grinder with worn burrs. You should ideally be looking for two ounces of liquid to be extracted in between 20-30 seconds when tamped with 30 pounds of pressure, and focus on this end result rather than looking for a specific number grind setting on your Virtuoso. Once the shots are extracting in about the right timeframe, you can alter the PID programming for flavor if necessary. We go over the PID programming in the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mk7S-AcI2M

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 11, 2014
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I just purchased a new Silvia 3 with a PID. It is programmed to 22 seconds for Lb (brew time) but when it's set that long the shot comes out very watery (and big - it overflows the shot glass). So I moved it down to 20 sec for brew time and it still comes out water. I am tempted to drop it down to 18 seconds. Any thoughts on this. Just for some additional information - I am using a doserless Rocky grinder set at 7; a nice, heavy tamper and I am filling it up to the rim and tamping it down. I guess what I am trying to get is a smaller shot with a nice creama on it instead of watery thing I am getting now.

Any thoughts or ideas?
Anne A on Jun 16, 2014
Best Answer: If the 20-30 second timeframe for a double shot on your Rancilio Silvia is producing much more than two ounces of liquid, then you need increased resistance in the form of a finer grind, a firmer tamp, or perhaps even fresher beans than what you're currently using. Ideally your grind should be fine enough that the espresso takes longer to extract than 18 seconds for a two ounce double shot, but if the beans aren't very fresh you may also be getting a quicker pull. You might want to try different beans first before making any additional adjustments, but if the beans are fresh (within a few weeks to a month from the roast date) and your results are still quick shots, then the grind and/or tamp would also need to be adjusted.
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Hi,
Just baught the silvia and rockey. I have no problem pulling the double shots, filling the basket to the top and then taking off excess coffee and distributing it with my finger. When i do this with the single basket i cant lock the portafiller. Ive understood that its because when i tamp with the single basket the coffee doesnt go down as much because of the way the basket is made, so there isnt enough room for the portafiller to lock. Is there a way of eye balling the appropriate dosing of coffee for the single basket or do i absolutely need a scale.?Thanks
Bruce N on Apr 29, 2014
Best Answer: While the single and double baskets will require different amounts of coffee and you can eyeball if you'd like, keep in mind that a single basket will require a different grind size than the double basket on your Silvia. Both a single shot basket to yield 1 ounce and a double shot basket to yield 2 ounces should take 20-30 seconds for extraction, and so to slow things down for the single shot, you will need to move to a finer grind on your Rocky. We did a video experimenting with single shots that you may find helpful, and I have posted the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvf3QyXpZo4
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 29, 2014
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I am rewiring the kitchen and the electrician asked what the amperage is for the rancilio Silvia (a fab machine we have used in Australia for many years)--I am stumped by this question for the us model as haven't got it... yet. Can anyone tell me as it wasn't in the specs? Thanks!
A shopper on Mar 26, 2014
Best Answer: The Rancilio Silvia is a 1100W, 120V machine, and so that converts to drawing 9.17 amps. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 27, 2014
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I have purchased a Rancilio Silvia with PID through your group to replace my Breville BES 840XL. (always have issue with the electrical buttons making a grounding noise) anyway. I also have a Breville Smart Grinder BCG800XL (latest generation, does not need to shim kit).

My question is the Breville Smart Grinder capable of providing the correct grind to work with my Rancilio? I am using Lavazza Super Crema beans. Is this grinder capable a grinding fine enough to work with Ms. Silvia?

Thanks
Sergio on Feb 7, 2014
Best Answer: Every machine and every grinder is a little different, and you may find that you can get proper extraction on the Silvia with your Breville grinder, so it is certainly worth giving it a try. My instinct is that you will need to be on one of the finest grind settings on your Smart Grinder for two ounces of liquid to be extracted in the 20-30 second timeframe, but you never know until you try! Happy brewing!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 7, 2014
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Hello,

Does the Rancilio Silvia with PID also control the timing of the brew?

Thank you,

John
John M on Feb 5, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the Auber PID on the Silvia can be programmed with a temperature setting, pre infusion, and shot length.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 6, 2014
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Am I correct in thinking that this machine does not come with a tamper?
A shopper on Feb 1, 2014
Best Answer: Correct, the Silvia doesn't come with a tamper in the Rancilio box. There is a very lightweight plastic tamper, but I would recommend upgrading to something heavier for better results.
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How many amps of electricity does it required? Is that requirement listed in the specs?
A shopper on Jan 13, 2014
Best Answer: The Silvia is a 1100 watt machine that runs on 120 volts, so this would equate to 9.167 amps.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 14, 2014
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I am interested in the use of pods and wanted to inquire as to whether the pod adapter for Rancilio Silvia makes a good espresso shot?
Van H on Dec 29, 2013
Best Answer: We did a video of the flavor from the Silvia with the ESE pod adapter and like it fine, but it is pretty spendy for the Silvia cost plus the additional money of the pod adapter. We found flavor with pods from an ESE pod capable machine that doesn't require a adaptor to be similar. I have included a few videos below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm9sNiLFALU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zam3rCJtJy4
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What is the best tamper to buy for this machine?
AmyKnudson on Dec 18, 2013
Best Answer: Any 58mm would be a fine choice for the Rancilio Silvia. Tampers are generally purchased based on what handle looks and feels most comfortable to you, and the Rattleware tampers are a good reasonably priced option.

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/rattleware-ss-tamper-angular-handle-58mm
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 18, 2013
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if I get the V3 with the PID option, will there be a user manual/document on how to use the PID?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, we do include some instructions regarding using that PID on the Silvia, and you can check out the programming in the video below as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1wAQNH1lYs
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 11, 2013
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How do I program the PID? No instructions came with the unit!
Craig K on Oct 4, 2013
Best Answer: Though that Auber PID on the Silvia comes preprogrammed, the easiest way to re-program it is to follow this video from Gail and Kat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1wAQNH1lYs

Hope this helps!
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I bought my rancilio Silvia about two months ago. As a novice, I am not surprised that he quality of my drinks varies from good to not drinkable. Would a PID improve he consistency of my drinks? Is it it worth the price? If so, what PID do you recommend? Thanks! Josh
Josh Devon on Sep 15, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Josh,
I am sorry you're noticing such inconsistency from your Silvia! It is the case that the PID will eliminate the inconsistencies of temperature from your drinks and make brewing a bit more automatic, eliminating the need for temperature surfing. However drastic inconsistencies sometimes have to do with grinder and/or bean freshness and not machine. What kind of grinder do you have? It is the case that the Silvia requires a fine grind with consistently sized particles, and so the Baratza grinders or something like the Rancilio Rocky is needed for best results. If you already have a great grinder though and temperature is your issue, then the Auber PID is the PID we install and recommend for the Silvia. It can be found at the link below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/pid-retrofit-kit-for-rancilio-silvia-with-pre-infusion

Hope this helps!
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15-bar, what does it mean?

II assume the higher the number the greater the pressure?

18-bar is better?
Lance S on Sep 8, 2013
Best Answer: Higher pump pressure is not necessary, as it does not provide better flavor or superior results. For espresso applications, 9 bar pressure is intended, and Gail and Kat put together a video that explains pump pressure a bit more. It can be found here: http://blog.seattlecoffeegear.com/2009/09/23/under-pressure/
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 11, 2013
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I am a first time buyer of a rather expensive, prosumer type espresso machine with a fondness to espresso drinks. I am considering to buy the Silvia V3. I only have a budget to add either a PID kit or a grinder. I prefer to buy the PID kit only. My question is, can I buy coffee and have it sufficiently grinned to the recommended fineness by Rancilio from the store I purchase the coffee from like a starbucks or a market with reliable grinders?
A shopper on Apr 21, 2013
Best Answer: No, unfortunately a machine like the Silvia absolutely needs a good quality grinder at home, and will not produce good results using pre-ground. The reason is that there is not a universal "espresso grind," and so every grinder and espresso machine is a bit different, requiring a specific grind that is dialed in. If you try to use a grinder at your local coffee shop, your results will be inconsistent and the grounds will stale, so your shots will lack flavor and crema!

Check out the Baratza and Rocky grinders for options!
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Can the Rancilia Silvia V3 be purchase with a factory installed PID attachment ?
gatsbysmom on Jan 4, 2013
Best Answer: We do offer the Silvia with a PID installed, and it is available as a drop down item on the Silvia page. If you don't see it, unfortunately we are out of stock, but are always installing PIDs on machines, and more will be available soon. Give us a call if you have any questions! 866-372-4734
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Is the optional, installed PID the Auber one and do you supply the recommendations for its settings when the unit is shipped out? Also, how much longer would it take to ship the unit if I have you install the PID?
Kent C on Jul 7, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, we use the Auber brand PID for our Silvias and it does come with some preset settings when our techs install it. Generally we keep a supply of Silvias with the PID installed and ready to ship out, so you should have no additional wait time if you choose the PID.
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what is the height between the drip tray and the bottom of the brew unit?

Namely, what size cup can fit in the unit to receive the shot?

Thanks.
A shopper on Feb 26, 2012
Best Answer: The room between the drip tray and the bottom of the brew unit comes in at ~4”. A variety of cups will fit in this space, including Bodum shot glasses and Bodum Bistro latte cups: http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/Bodum-s/131.htm
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Do you still have the limited edition one in stock? If so, are you able to do a package deal with the rocky doserless? Thanks
Tyler S on Feb 13, 2012
Best Answer: Unfortunately, we no longer have the limited edition Rancilio Silvia in stock.
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Hello,
I saw somewhere on one of the many videos that I needed to do ?what? to prevent boiler burn out? I am thinking of this machine but want to clarify this issue first, and I can't find when I saw that information.

Also a friend has this machine and he said it would be great if there was a more detailed user manual, like wait for the light to go out, purge steam wand etc. Is such an item available?
Paula E on Feb 4, 2012
Best Answer: You need to actively refill the boiler on this by steaming, temperature surfing, and then brewing shots. We have videos on this topic as well as several others specific to the Rancilio Silvia. We also have an article called 'How to Brew & Steam on the Rancilio Silvia' that is more detailed for use than the manufacturer's manual: http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/learn/coffee-101/how-to-guides/rancilio-silvia-steam-brew
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what is the additional cost of a PID option for a rancillo silva espresso machine?
jose l on Nov 27, 2011
Best Answer: You can select installation of a pid from a dropdown on the option selections for this machine. Current pricing is located there. This includes the PID and installation. Warranty covers the machine and PID.
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Resources

Warranty Information for the Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

What it Covers:

Rancilio espresso machines and grinders

Length:

- Home Use: 1 year parts and labor (Silvia and Rocky)

- Commercial Equipment: 1 year parts, 3 months labor

Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes:

The Silvia and Rocky are eligible for SCG's standard warranty support and service. Learn more about what's covered.

All other espresso machines and grinders are covered by a limited, commercial-class warranty. For more information on service and support, please discuss with your commercial sales rep.

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Silvia only).
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

  • Clean the brew gasket daily with a cleaning brush.
  • Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
  • Optional: Perform backflush routine and clean the filter basket each week.

User Manuals for your Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

Rancilio Silvia Version 3 Espresso Machine User Manual


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New Seattle Coffee Gear Parts Kits for Rancilio Silvia

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Coffee 101: How to Steam & Brew on the Rancilio Silvia


Videos Featuring the Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

Maintenance on the Rancilio Silvia

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Crew Review: Rancilio Silvia with PID

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Ask the Experts: Rancilio Silvia Steam Wand Retrofit

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Rancilio Silvia with PID - Shot Temperature in Cup

Temperature Surfing on the Rancilio Silvia

Reviews

Owned for 6 years - no problemsReview by Roger
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I used it an average of once a day and pump water though to insure cool down.
I clean it, descale and back flush once a year.
All original parts still including rubber gasket (still soft and flexible)
There is nothing like a great Moca every morning. (Posted on 6/27/2016)
quality machine, excellent espressoReview by patrick
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I've had this machine for 6 months now and love it, get the PID version and you wont regret it !!
https://getjelly.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/rancilio-silvia-v4-with-pid-and-compak-k3-touch-review/
(Posted on 6/12/2016)
Great First MachineReview by Miss Stefanie
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My first espresso "machine" was a moka pot. A few years later I got a $300 Breville, which did it's job but was a disappointment for a truly good espresso. Fast forward a few years later and I decided to make the pricey leap toward the Silvia. I had been researching machines for months, and despite the reviews of Miss Silvia being finicky, I knew I was patient and nerdy enoug to be up to the challenge. and the price seemed right to me.

It took about a month for me to be pulling consistent shots. I have owned the Silvia since August 2015 and its my baby. I clean it after every shot, backflush once a week, and I've already done a Descale and gasket change (it did not need the gasket change I just wanted to make sure I was up to the task).

I don't think she is truly as picky as people believe. I can switch up my Bean type and I don't have to dial-in often. My grinder is not the best of the best: its a Breville smart grinder that's about 3 years old. I've kept it within one or two clicks and almost never have to adjust (I do stick with the same beans because I found what I enjoy). I consider myself a master home barista, but other than that I am not a professional. The commercial machine at my restaurant is of poorer quality than Miss Silvia. I have had no difficulty and I am very pleased.

I hope she lasts! So far, zero issues. Absolutely zero. I have produced some fantastic latte art as well, something others have said would be impossible. Honestly I like the ancient commercial machine's steam wand at work better, but she gets the job done. I've made better lattes and caps for friends and family unfortunately better than at our local coffee shops.

My best pro tip to keep drinks hot while waiting for the boiler to heat: pull your shot first into a PRE-WARMED CUP, place the cup on the cup warmer with a saucer on top and let it sit there until the boiler heats up for milk steaming. For awhile the wait caused me to have some barely warm beverages. Now everything stays at a perfect temperature. I love the Silvia and thank you SCG!! (Posted on 1/5/2016)
LongevityReview by RagRabbit
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Finally was able to look up and see that I've had my Silvia since 2002. I've a feeling that it won't last forever. I'll be replacing the steam valve shortly. I've done this once before and it's an easy task, much easier than removing a petrified portafilter gasket. While this apparently isn't the V3 Silvia, the newer steam valve is just fine. A new valve every 6-7 years is a small price to pay. My original East Coast supplier indicated the steam valve is no longer available. I found one in Seattle, but it does raise the question whether the Silvia may be soon phased out.

In my hands, it's been a very durable performer, akin to a BMW 3 series - an "entry level" performance machine that keeps performing years later.

There is a learning curve for grind, pulling shots, steaming...all true. Once you master these, any fault in brewing is usually your own.

Definitely need a grinder (got the Rocky before a major step up in price came a few yeas ago) as Peets et al cannot cannot consistently give you that grind you want.

Let's see....$4/day at $tarbucks x 5 working days a week x 50 work weeks/year x 13 years = $13,000. In reality, I brew 20+ caps or lattes at home each week. Damn, my Radio Shack solar powered calculator from the 1990's just failed! (Posted on 7/11/2015)
great machineReview by ghalms
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love this thing. enough said. get it with the PID though. (Posted on 3/7/2015)
the thing broke twiceReview by jkahd
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I liked this machine -- but it always had one extra step between power and steam that was confusing. But worse -- it broke twice. Second time there was a spark and it exploded!!! I had it exactly two years!!! Instead of having the thing repaired for $200 I'm going back to Gaggia. I say -- stay away from this one. (Posted on 2/15/2015)
Still great after four yearsReview by Brent
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I bought the Silvia/Preciso grinder package nearly four years ago and have used them daily ever since. I mostly make americanos, some espressos, and only occasionally a capuccino (mostly for guests). The Silvia has been absolutely trouble-free and makes terrific coffee. I'd rather drink my americanos/espressos than most I've been served in coffee shops or restaurants.

It didn't take long for me to learn how to use it, and now it's an easy routine in the morning. This is my first real espresso machine, and I'm very glad I bought it. For milk drinks it is a bit cumbersome to brew the espresso, then wait for it to heat up to steam the milk. If I were really into the milk drinks I'd consider saving up for a double boiler unit.

A good grinder is an absolute necessity, IMO. Also, I keep on top of maintenance/cleaning, which for me consists of: (1) after each use rinse portafilter and drip tray/screen after each use and use brush to clean off the screen and head; (2) every 2-3 weeks unscrew the screen, remove all those parts that come out, do a backflush with Capresso cleaner, then clean all those parts and the portafilter (I put it all in a sauce pan of water with Capresso on the stove and heat to near boiling); and (3) every three or four months do the descaling routine with Dezcal. Helpful videos for these tasks are on this site and youtube.

All in all, I give the Sivia a big thumbs up!
(Posted on 2/1/2015)
A Great Machine To Begin Your JourneyReview by Gabe
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Ah the Sylvia. I've had my V3 for over 4 years now and I gotta tell ya.... the memories that we made have been phenomenal. I can only describe it as blissful marriage with all of it's highs and lows... and yes there are great highs... and some pretty bad lows.

I'll finish this review with the highs as I like ending on a good point. The lows... Well this thing is kinda ugly... It's built with brushed steel, plastic rocker switches, and a plastic knob that fell off after months of use. The Rancilio badge also became unglued from the knob itself after about a year. Fortunately, you can just stick it right back on the valve and be careful not to pull it... but honestly, I never abused the machine so I don't see why this should have happened. The drip tray is pathetic. Its small and dainty and quickly fills if you don't empty it often. Finally, the machine is finicky. This can be both good AND bad. Good in that it trains you in the art of espresso making. Bad in that you will not be getting decent shots EVERY time. You really gotta watch your grind and adjust it as the beans age or you get a different kinda bean. Your tamp has got to be spot on, and you need to familiarize yourself with temperature surfing as the machine will cut the heating element at a temp too high to brew, requiring that you wait about 20-30sec to get it too cool enough to pull a good shot. You really do learn much about coffee with this machine, but pulling greats shots can be hit or miss with Miss Sylvia (keep in mind that in the end it's not the machines fault if you pull bad shots... its yours :P). Another con is that this is a single boiler machine which means you will have to wait for the boiler to hit the appropriate temps for brewing and steaming and this takes time... I do not recommend this machine if you plan on making lattes for your family often as it is annoying and time consuming to make more then 1.

Now the pros...and this is a BIG pro. If you do everything right... you will be rewarded with a shot on par with your local cafe. I went bottom-less with my Rancilio and I was pretty happy with my pulls. I would occasionally mess up, but I would say that 90% of my pulls were good after a month of using this machine. Another BIG pro is that the steaming function on this machine is top notch. The boiler is large and retains heat well and you will never find yourself running out of steam for 1 drink. It's powerful enough to create dry cappuccinos yet tamed enough to give you just enough time to texture for a latte. I have made all sorts of beautiful latte art with this machine from swans, to rosettas, to tulips, and hearts. It's very easy to steam with this machine and this feature alone is probably what makes the Sylvia stand out over a a cheaper single boiler machine like the Saeco Aroma. Sure you can get similar pulls of espresso... but that's only half the game when it comes making milk/espresso beverages and the Rancilio gives you the tools to create EVERY milk/espresso drink a cafe has to offer. Another pro is that the parts that count (e.g. boiler, steam wand, pump, valves, etc) are VERY durable. Daily, for 4 years, I have put this machine through the paces and it never waned. That's why I said that if you pull bad shots it will be your fault... because this machine IS predictable. It will always perform the exact same every time with proper maintenance.

In the end, the Rancilio is the kinda machine that can teach you how to be a proper barista. That's no joke either, as my friend happens to be a barista in a great cafe and I have been allowed to make drinks with this cafes equipment... and honestly, there was not much of a difference once you familiarized yourself with the way commercial grade machines work. There is a reason why, despite its quirks, the Rancilio Sylvia is a well known machine for use in a home. (Posted on 11/22/2014)
Feels like quality, produces great shotsReview by A. Da Costa
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This machine is extremely well-built and produces very rich shots. The steam is very powerful and might take some time getting used to.

I got the version with the PID, which in my opinion is a MUST-have if you're already spending this king of money anyways. You don't want to be temperature-surfing and potentially ruining your shot after purchasing a machine for this price. Better off just spending a little more to get it right all the time.

A couple of negatives about the PID though:
1- It comes with instructions on how to change it to Celsius, which I did. The problem is that the temperature thresholds (brew and steam set points) do not convert units automatically. This is a great design flaw in my opinion. You could actually burn your heating element if you don't notice it right away. The default set point for brew is 221, which is fine for Fahrenheit, but once you change the units to Celsius, it'll try and heat your boiler to 221 C, which is 430 F!!! You also need to change the steam temperatures (two settings, on/off). The instructions don't mention anything about this.

2- It comes with the option to set a pre-infusion time. Do not use pre-infusion or it'll produce a worse shot. I checked out the electrical diagram on Auber's website and now I understand what the problem is. The way the relay used to control the pump is hooked up is such that the 3-way solenoid valve is also switched to absorb over-pressure from the brew head once the pump stops. In other words, after a few seconds of pre-infusion, the pump will stop for the delay before the full shot and all the delicious crema that's starting to form in your portafilter will be sucked out to your drip tray!!! Design flaw! They should have used a separate relay for the solenoid valve so that it only sucks the moisture out of your portafilter when you finish pulling the shot, and not during your wait-time post pre-infusion. (Posted on 11/16/2014)
Now I get it! Review by Joey
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Ok, so let me start out by saying that I am a religious coffee drinker, and I began to take it more serious about 5 years ago with the purchase of a FrancisFrancis x3, which then led me to my FrancisFrancis x5. I am not, nor will ever be a "pod" drinker, and I find pleasure in sampling different beans, grinding them myself and pulling a shot.

About 6 months ago I began eyeing either the Rancilio Silvia based upon its outstanding reviews or the Rocket Cellini. I couldn't justify purchasing the Rocket when there was nothing wrong with my FrancisFrancis.

I've always watched the SCG videos on youtube, and have been impressed with the wealth of knowledge Gail and Kat have. Last week I began watching all the videos with Miss Silvia in them, and I could not hold out any longer... I placed my order!

So today the machine arrived. My first impression was, in person it appears much, much more solid and well built than I had expected. Setup was a breeze ( I didn't even read the directions shame on me). Priming the boiler was quick / easy, and honestly the machine heated up much quicker than I had expected. Off to the Breville grinder it was then, to experiment with exactly what Miss Silvia is fond of. At first, I went as fine as possible--thinking that is what seemed to be the case for others. Result, too fine--so I began to dial down, and down again... finally just right!

Now I have not lived with Sylvia very long, so please this list of pros and cons with a grain of salt, but these are my observations so far.

Pros:
-Very well built, much more pretty in person
-A true quality shot
-Much stronger steam than expected
-Value
-Simple instructions (I read them after)
-I'll say it again... very well made

Cons:
-A little too loud and considerable vibration
-I would have liked to see a nicer more solid tamper and accessories. Very surprised that with just a quality built machine, the tamper is cheap plastic that almost seems to be the wrong size for the portafilter.
-They should include a cleaning brush.

Overall, I am EXTREMELY satisfied... but even more impressed and satisfied with the incredible customer service and support SCG always offers. (Posted on 9/4/2014)
Practice makes PerfectReview by Shauna
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I have had my eye on this machine for about 2 years. I was just waiting for my old Starbucks machine to die and FINALLY it did. Woohoo! I had already invested in the Rocky grinder, so I was halfway to an amazing latte.

The Silvia with PID is taking practice! In fact I am seriously considering a weekend trip to Seattle to visit Gail and get some lessons on frothing. I finally got my grind dialed in perfect for my favorite espresso beans and am now working on frothing perfect microfoam. Then I will work on my latte art! The foam has been surprisingly difficult to perfect. But I will NOT give up. :)

I was somewhat afraid of doing something wrong and blowing up the machine, so I watched many videos before it arrived and since to learn as much as I can. Now that I have the basics down, it's just practice practice practice. I did break down and purchase the base as my cardboard box isn't doing it justice and there are no off brand options that seem to fit. That should arrive soon and then I think I am set for success.

Also thankful for the help from SCG when I called. Very friendly and helpful. Very happy!! (Posted on 8/28/2014)
Excellent Machine with few quirksReview by Real_user
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Good machine with solid built.

Pros - Decent size boiler which can steam well for micro foam. Brew head and portafilter are solid. 2 Year warranty + 1 yr. extended by SCG -total 3 years warranty. Great customer service by SCG. Very impressed. Pump is standard 41W standard on many machines, nothing special there. Heats up quickly and takes me 10 min. to make 2 lattes. Three way solenoid and back flush are very nice.

Cons - Steam wand does not have ample clearance so if the 20 ox pitcher is more that half full, it creates issues when removing the pitcher from wand. Wand also gets very hot and is not easy to clean as milk dries up on it. Drip tray is small and fills up quickly. Water tank can be bigger.

Overall a solid machine. May seem expensive but you get what you pay for. Pair it with a good grinder like Rocky, Vario and enjoy drinks which are way better than Charbucks.

(Posted on 7/28/2014)
Great Machine, Love the PIDReview by lechien
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being new to the self-made coffee game I was worried that I'd spend a bunch of money and make poor coffee then cop-out and just buy my coffee from my favorite local shop anyways.

This thing is great. I can make great coffee and with the PID there is no messing with the time to run etc. Very happy with this purchase. I did not purchase a fancy grinder yet (xmas or birthday it'll make the list) but with the grinder we have I'm able to get a pretty good grind so I'll stick with this for a while. (Posted on 7/27/2014)
Great Machine if you demand a great EspressoReview by DaveG
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I bought a Silvia with a PID and a Rocky doserless grinder 7 months ago. It takes a few attempts to get the right balance of grind fineness and tamp pressure, but the results can be spectacular. My home is at 7,000 feet and probably because of that, I found that I get better results if I drop the boiler temperature to 195 degrees. It's a great machine with a solid feel. (Posted on 7/22/2014)
Not automaticReview by Philip
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The Miss Silvia is probably not for the person who admittedly says "I don't care". To make good coffee you need good coffee beans. You need a good grinder. This is not always obvious. Then you need fresh water in a good machine, and if you are making espresso you also need a good tamper. I know it's sort of like saying you need electricity to power a light bulb or a spoon to eat soup, but often people overlook the obvious little things and then they complain aloud and wonder why they are not getting world class barista coffee drinks. The Miss Silvia gets a lot of things right, so I say it's good value. I'm quite impressed that a replacement Rancilio 58mm. portafilter is only $40, and it's a thing of beauty. (Posted on 7/15/2014)
Wonderful Machine with a commercial flare!Review by string0716
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I have owned my Rancilio for over 8 years now and it still is as perfect as it was the day iI took it out of the box. The most important thing to remember here is that this is a manual machine so it is going to take you some time to experiment with your coffe grinds and brewing times with this machine. Your draw should only be for about 21 seconds to get that fine coffee with a wonderful crema and this can only be achieved by having the right grind. I recommend a burr grinder to achieve this and sttart experimenting with the different settings until you get the draw time for a shot to about that 21 second time frame. Don't get frustrated, it takes a little practice but is well worth it! You will be pround of yourself and your machine once you have achieved that perfect shot!

I was watching the video tonight and learned that my technique of going from steaming to drawing a shot was totlally incorrect. That explains why my draw sometimes would be a steam bath! Now I know to run water through the steamer once I am finished with steaming my milk, so to bring the temperature down. Thanks for the great vdeo and the lesson! Eight years later and I am still learning abouth my machine...it is great! (Posted on 7/12/2014)
Don't do it!Review by tim
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After purposely upgrading to this machine because we were going through a Saeco Via Venzia ever three years or so, we spent the big bucks on a Sylvia thinking it would be more durable. Two times in the shop in four years and finally had to decide to spend $400+ to replace a leaking boiler. We give up - it's back to the very reliable Saeco Via Venzia. If Rancilio would like to gift us a new boiler, we'd repair it and sell it. We will not recommend this machine to anyone based on our experience. (Posted on 5/11/2014)
Not for the faint of heartReview by Espresso twice a day
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Should you get a Ranchilio Sivia? The high price builds the expectation that everything will be perfect right out of the box, which may cause buyer’s remorse. There is a learning curve to using the Sivia. Making adjustments plus the machine is very powerful and that makes foamed milk part of the challenge. Once you realize that the Sivia provides the potential for a great espresso and with a little effort on your part you can make a cup as good as it gets. It is not as easy as pushing a button on an automatic machine, but the final product is well worth the price and effort.
(Posted on 5/1/2014)
Here Comes the BrideReview by BeauG
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I’ve been living with Miss Silvia with PID for about eight weeks now and it’s official – she is now Mrs. Silvia. She is my third machine in as many decades and the first of which it has been possible to refine the art of espresso making, along with the great videos from the folks at Seattle Coffee Gear.

I feel that ease of use is a relative term with this machine, in that she is perfect for those of us that are coffee geeks, which I guess I am, and just as suitable for individuals that simply want a good cup of coffee.

For those on the geek side the Silvia can meet the challenge, however a good grinder is a must to be able to dial in the perfect shot. I paired mine up with the Baratza Forte AP, which I find to be an incredible machine. This is also true if you drink many varieties and roasts of coffee, as each requires adjustment for the perfect shot - not too sour or bitter. If you drink your coffee with cream this becomes less of an issue, because it seems to mitigate the off flavors quite well.

For those only looking for a good cup it can still work well, however it is more of a precision machine and will require a little more precision on your part. The upside to this is it will provide well for you in the event that you get pulled deeper and deeper into that which is geekdom!

I don’t often use a steam wand, but find it works great for those occasions that I do. Switching between steam and brew adds steps that wouldn’t be required of a double boiler system, but is very manageable once you work out the routine.

As for the PID controller, this is not just for those of us that have that bit of scientist in us. I discovered years ago that brew temperature has an enormous effect on coffee flavor, whether espresso, drip, etc. and has been the missing element on all types of coffee brewing equipment. My hat is off to the person that married the PID to an espresso machine, because it finally puts you in control. Brewing the same coffee at varying temperatures brings out different flavors, all of which can be good.

For those who don’t care to go this deep, I’ve found that a particular temperature can greatly diminish both sour and bitter when a shot is extracted either to rapidly or slowly. This is a great asset if you have a less exact grinder and you drink your coffee black. So, you might do well to consider it.

Overall I am extremely happy with the Rancilio Silvia and look forward to a long and happy marriage! (Posted on 4/27/2014)
Great Machine but not for the lazyReview by Gavril
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Listen, I understand, you just want your morning coffee and you do not want to fuss with it...buy something else.
if you want to master brewing world class espresso at home and you are not afraid of learning and training then this is a great machine.
I brew fantastic, consistent shots with this machine everyday! but if I don't pay attention it does not come out like it should.
you see a lot of reviews saying "inconsistent finicky results" this comes from OPERATOR ERROR. this is a machine and "garbage in=garbage out"

You will need this for great coffee
-a real burr grinder (the Rocky Rancilio is great choice)
- Water filter like a Brita
- a real tamper (the supplied one is crap)
- Serious whole bean espresso roast ( is use Urth dark Italia) and I never buy more than a few weeks supply at a time
-other things like tamping box, shot glasses etc

I bought my machine from Seattle coffee gear and got the optional PID to control temp, I recommend that (plus they have free shipping)

The secret to great coffee is a balance between grind, tamp, temp and time....this you can begin your training by watching all the videos you can from Seattle coffee gear and others......and then you brew, and brew and brew.

Within a week I was able to get good results most of the time, a month later I was better.
Now I am the master
most of my friends agree that they have a hard time finding better coffee in a restaurant or cafe
you can do this (Posted on 4/4/2014)
LOOKS GOOD, FEELS SUBSTANTIAL, FEELS LIKE QUALITYReview by Mikey
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I'm replacing my current coffee mistress, EC-155. She's given me a little over a year's worth of defiant, stalwart service in the face of so much disrespect and many a naysayer. On top of it all, I'm never getting rid of that EC-155. She's got me for life. Now to the replacement coffee mistress, Miss Silvia. She's happening. She's got muscle where it matters, (milk frothing 0-180F in around 30 seconds) She's purdy and she's quiet. She heats up fast. However, she's only as good as her barista and I pretty much suck right now after doing this for a year. My shots are coming out too short, too long and this is with a PID!!! That's okay. I'm loving it. I love my Miss Silvia, I feel like I can show my face in public now that I have a respectable mistress. (Posted on 3/30/2014)
Quirky instructions, very good espressoReview by Big Al
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First things first, this machine is capable of really good espresso once one masters the method not found in its instructions. To wit: the beautifully designed multilingual instruction brochure seems to have been created in a vacuum. It makes no mention of the need to remove the plastic skin that covers the top and drip tray grate. The plastic protects the finish, but is a chore to remove requiring one to loosen screws at the top of the machine. Leaving the plastic in place has the potential to leave a mess because the steel surface that it is bonded to is also suggested as a cup heater. My best advice is to watch the videos Seattle Coffee Gear produced to see how to use the machine and avoid inadvertent damage to the heating element. There is no mention in instructions of HOW to fill the coffee filter. Don't fill it to the rim, but look for a groove a few millimeters below the rim and tamp to that groove, otherwise it will be difficult to mount the portafilter (and if you force it you get a soggy mess of coffee grounds that need to be cleaned out above and below. Once one figures that out and cleans up after it, the next lesson is how to guess at the temperature that makes the desired brew. Yes, there is a light that goes off to indicate the water is heated, but the thermostat has a 15-20 degree (F.) range and I've found the best cup is brewed by waiting a full minute after the light shuts off. The coffee can be quite bitter if the water is too hot. The alternative is to order the $175 PID option ($235 retrofit and voided warranty) for more precise temperature control. This is important if using the steam wand extensively. The next challenge is finding the right consistency of ground coffee. For me the grind that produces the best flavor and crema is the next-to-finest setting on a Capresso tapered conical burr grinder, comparable to Illy's espresso grind in a can. It took me a week to figure out a repeatably consistent delicious cup of espresso at a rate of 4-6 cups per day, but I'm slow and stubborn so it may take less or more time for you to master the technique. If one does a lot of steaming, it is ESSENTIAL to recharge the boiler with water frequently because in the single boiler design, the boiler is not replenished when steaming, only when dispensing hot water or making coffee. The machine is very capable, but one must engage with it to produce the best results. If you're looking for automatic push-button perfect espresso, be prepared to pay much more. If you like to play with adult toys (not THOSE kinds of adult toys!), Rancilio's Silvia can provide you with a sense of achievement and infinite cups of enjoyment , (Posted on 3/10/2014)
BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCKReview by David
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My wife and I have owned our machine for 4 years. It still looks great and works like new. Drips a little water under pressure out the steam spout, otherwise I have no complaints. (Posted on 2/3/2014)
Great Espresso MachineReview by Diver
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I've had Miss Silvia for a few years now, I installed the pid so I didn't have to temperature surf. This machine makes 18 double shots of espresso a week. I have the Gaggia MDF grinder generally set on 4 or 3. I use Lavazza super crema bean coffee or espresso Italia bean coffee I have a calibrated tamper. This machine makes a great espresso every time day in and day out I check the grind with each new bag of coffee. This machine is awesome I would buy another hands down. (Posted on 2/1/2014)
Good build OK espressoReview by Gero
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The machine is well built, though the stainless exterior needed a little "adjusting". For a machine in this price range it ought to have a thermometer and not *require* additional hardware to get the right temperature.

I suspect it will last for years and years but if I had it to do again I'm not sure this would be the machine I would buy.

Additionally, if you look around for better pricing you won't find much of a discount. Rancilio, though not officially "price fixing" has made it known that retailers who violate their retailing policies will suddenly find a shortage of supply, if you know what I mean. Don't know if that is standard or not in the industry. Once in awhile you'll see discounts, but then everyone discounts roughly the same amount thru various means. Just my opinion. (Posted on 1/30/2014)
Excellent semi automatic machinesReview by danc
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Had a Miss Silvia for 8 years and loving it. It has been really reliable and once I got used to the tampering technique and grind with the Rancilio Rocky, I was rewarded with great tasting espresso shots. I added an Auber PID 2 years ago and my shots have been even more consistent. (Posted on 1/22/2014)
Great espresso, but too easy to destroy the machineReview by Geoff Olynyk
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This was the first "real" espresso machine that my wife and I bought after using a Cuisinart EM-100 machine almost every day for three years. Finally the pump gave out on the Cuisinart, and we decided it was time to go to something that could actually produce a really good shot. After a lot of research into the various options at various price points, we decided on the Rancilio Silvia with the Auber PID installed by Seattle Coffee Gear. Ordered it in late May 2013 and it arrived in early June.

Much has been written here about the ease of use of this machine and its ability to turn out a great shot of espresso, day after day. I don't have much to add here: for people like my spouse and me, who were used to a low-end espresso machine, this one is fantastic. It takes some time and practice to get the grind and tamping pressure correct for a particular type of beans, but once you figure it out, you can just do reliable shots day after day. No complaints about the steam, either: it froths milk like a champion. I have the standard steam wand, not the after-market one with more holes -- was worried about the additional steam and increased chances of burning out the boiler. (More on this in a bit.) Also, we mostly drink just straight espresso, not frothed-milk drinks. Anyway, the point I'm making here is that this is a great machine, especially with the PID installed, and will serve you very well at making great espresso.

Now, for why I'm not super thrilled with the machine. It is far, far too easy to burn out the boiler. As I said, we bought the machine in late May 2013, and started using it in late June. In late August, we moved from Boston to Toronto. Packed up the machine very carefully in its original packaging, and put it in the back of our moving truck where it had no chance to fall anywhere. Unpacked it in Toronto, set it up, and it ran fine for a week, but then one day, all of a sudden, no heat. It turned on, but the temperature reading on the PID always just said room temperature.

So at this point, the options were to call Seattle Coffee Gear and try to get warranty work done on it, but that would mean shipping it across the border. Also, I was worried that we had damaged the unit in our move. So instead of getting it dealt with, we just drank drip coffee for four months, and then finally took it into the repair shop at Green Beanery on King St in Toronto. There, service tech Demeter quickly determined that the boiler was burned out. As he explained it: "There were a batch of these Silvia machines in early 2013 with bad boilers. I've had a half-dozen of them in in the last few months." $300 (CAD) later for parts+labour, we had a new boiler and were on our way.

As I said, I probably could have tried to have warranty work done on it with Seattle Coffee Gear, but it just wasn't worth the hassle (you have to fill the boiler with alcohol to ship it in the winter in Canada!) vs. having it repaired on-site right there. Anyway, the point of this isn't to talk about Seattle Coffee Gear's warranty service -- their service during the sales process was fantastic, so I have no complaints about the retailer. The point of this is to ask: What kind of consumer product is that easy to destroy through slight misuse? I mean, it's not like these boilers burn out if you leave it on for an entire day with no water in it. They burn out if you let the water level drop below the resistive coils for a matter of minutes.

There is a safety shut-off on the boiler (thermocouple with circuit breaker), but as Demeter at Green Beanery explained, it reacts too slowly to actually protect the boiler. If you let the water level drop below the level of the internal resistive coils in the boiler, it will likely burn out. So essentially, there is no protective shutdown on this machine, and this is why you see all these warnings everywhere about always making sure there is water in the boiler, not running the steam for more than 4 minutes at a time, etc.

So my conclusion is that this is a great machine, with a huge engineering flaw. In practice, this means you have to baby it, not let your guests use it when staying with you, etc. If that's okay with you, it does produce a great shot of espresso. (Posted on 1/12/2014)
Excellent machine!Review by e-drinker
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This is a great machine for those who love quality espresso drinks and either already know how to pull a shot or are willing to learn.

We got the machine with the PID and I think that's the way to go for consistency. I wouldn't have much patience with temperature surfing every time I want a perfect espresso and with the PID I can pull a perfect shot every time no questions about temps. Also, the settings that Seattle Coffee Gear provides on their installed PIDs make for a ready-to-go machine without any adjustments.

Love that the machine is compact, sturdy as a tank and surprisingly quiet.

I was a former everyday independent coffee house patron who now has the options for excellent cappuccinos at home.
(Posted on 1/4/2014)
Great Espresso MachineReview by BlazinBob
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This was was first "real" espresso machine. I had been using a Krups Il Primo that I got as a gift many years ago and while it steamed the milk pretty well, it never made a very good espresso. The Rancilio Silvia has been great. It comes with a protective film over the top and on the grate for the catch basin. The film looks like it would be hard to remove, but it comes off pretty easily once you get the "peel" started and I like that the beautiful stainless is well protected for shipping. I really like the quality and appearance of this machine. The toggle type switches have a nice feel to them and the machine warms up quickly. The manual that comes with it kinda sucks, it's really basic start-up and usage instructions. Fortunately, SCG and YouTube have a wide variety of videos to help guide you along in learning not only about this particular machine, but about the "ins and outs" of espresso making. I have nothing but good things to say about the machine so far, hopefully I will have many years of service. SCG shipped quickly and has been responsive to my questions. Great product and great service. (Posted on 12/7/2013)
I LOVE MY SILVIAReview by giftogab
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Have had it 4 years and really love it. Get such gooood crema and yummy product out of my beans. I sometimes falter on the grind when it goes from hot and dry here to monsoon, but that is me not the machine! The high quality stainless makes it look as tough as it is. And the steam wand really does the job. I worked as a barista using the legendary and fabulous Marzocos and am very happy to have this Rancilio Silvia in my house for personal use. (Posted on 11/14/2013)
You cannot go Wrong with ThisReview by Dave
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It took me 2 Gaggia super automatic machines to realize I was doing something wrong. I was buying super automatics. That's the entire problem.

Super Automatics:

- only last 5-6 years, lucky if you get more out of them without replacing major parts or total machine malfunction
- the quality of espresso cannot compare to a semi automatic. If you think your super automatic is making good espresso, it's only because you have not tried a semi-automatic yet as was my case as well :) So your next machine better be a semi automatic, just trust me on this one
- made of all plastic parts, break down easily
- limited in how much you can tweak the grind, and you have no way to tweak the frothing in terms of power, etc.
- steaming intensity blows, it's so weak

Semi-Automatic

- made of all high-grade commercial parts inside and out
- barely any plastic
- lasts 12-15 years
- froth steaming is so powerful, steam literally goes all over around my machine, it's great. It's that powerful
- far more flexibility to tweak to get the best coffee and froth possible. You're able to change steaming tips for different results. Again frothing is much more powerful and controllable. Semi-automatics require a GOOD burr grinder. The type of burr grinder you have to buy for a semi-automatic stems from around $300-500 and the flexibility in the fine tuning of how fine the grind will be is up to you and way surpasses the 2-4 levels you get in a super automatic. You get over 200-300 levels of grind fineness in a good grinder that you must get with a semi-automatic so this helps your espresso quality two fold. You just cannot compare the flexibility to a super automatic, a super automatic is a joke
- easier to maintain. Super autoatics have that stupid brew group that you have to keep taking out and rinsing. The semi automatics are way easier to maintain and descale, much simpler parts to deal with, less complex
- 2-3x cheaper than a super automatic
- and finally the grade of espress you get cannot compare. Semi-automatics kick super automatic's ass when it comes to how your espresso tastes. Since buying the Silvia, I have literally not gone to any coffee shop unless I was just out and about and wasn't gonna be home for a long time, but that's about the only times. When I had a super automatic I found myself still going out to coffee shops. The Silvia literally rivals any coffee shop I have been to and this includes shops like Intelligensia in downtown Chicago, Lavanzza's shops, and other locally owned shops that have some of the best espresso in chicago. The silvia rivals any of them in terms of how your mocha or espresso tastes, i still cannot believe it.

Originally I was looking at getting a more expensive Gaggia semi-automatic. But as usual my wife tries to get me to get something cheaper. when she told me about the Silvia I laughed in her face because it was only $500 and I told her it would suck. I was so wrong. The price and the quality of this is just sick. You have to get this. Again I've had 2 $1200 super automatic machines and this $500 machine kicks their butt so bad it isn't even funny.

Get it. Get the PID, that's a necessity. Spend the extra $200 to get the Baratza Vario Burr Grinder - with Upgraded H2 Display. it's worth it, you will like the digital display and it's just really easy to use and maintain and smaller. The grind levels are just amazing, you get a ton of flexibility, even more than the silvia grinder. Trust me it's worth the extra $200. (Posted on 11/2/2013)
Fussy Solid Loyal performerReview by StaceyG
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I've been pulling shots with this machine for 14 months straight, almost on a regular basis.
Built like a tank and has never let me down and it's rare to get a bad shot if you follow simple rules:
Don't overpack
Keep her clean and maintained
Get a high quality/fine grade grinder (this is where Silvia can be fussy, one or two notches on the grinder can make a big difference) (Posted on 10/22/2013)
Great MachineReview by cmaulsby
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Purchased the Rancilio Silvia V3 and a Rocky Doserless grinder after reading a number of reviews and watching online videos. Both machines worked well out of the box, were easy to setup and are constructed of quality materials. This is my first espresso machine and I must admit it has taken some trial and error to get my process perfected. The online videos have been super helpful in educating myself on how to get the Silvia to perform to its potential. It does require the correct grind, tamping pressure and temperature surfing, but when that is understood and repeated the shots are excellent with rich crema. So far I am very pleased with my Silvia and feel it will only get better as I become an experienced barista. (Posted on 7/24/2013)
Supreme home or small shop unitReview by Marco
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After a long journey with Krups, Gaggia, Frances - I feel I have hit the jackpot as far as finding a true Espresso Machine for home use. Although, I will keep my second Frances on my RV - this Rancilio Machine produces exactly what I first got hooked on when living in Euro