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Rancilio Silvia PID Espresso Machine

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Overview

Take your morning shot to new levels of accuracy with the Rancilio Silvia PID Espresso Machine. Originally spartan on features, the base Silvia's overbuilt design suited our techs perfectly! They've added a solid-state relay and PID controller to replace the original thermometer setup; tightening temp control and offering easy adjustments through the front-facing LCD screen. Better, the new controller unit also adds pre-infusion programming for those trickier coffee blends, as well as a programmable shot times for automatic shot brewing. Equipped with more consistent shot temperatures and some labor-saving features, the Silvia PID is just the machine for the lover of classic espresso with an eye for the present.

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  • Skill Level

    Beginner: Simple controls and forgiving pressurized baskets help new users brew better.

    Intermediate: For the daily barista looking for finer shot controls and higher machine quality.

    Expert: For the espresso enthusiast who needs premium components and cutting-edge brew features.

    Expert
  • Programming

    Manual: Manual dosing and steaming puts drink quality in your hands.

    Moderate: Espresso programming adds consistency to every drink you make.

    Automatic: Automated brewing and steaming make espresso even easier.

    Moderate
  • Size

    Compact: 8" Width or less

    Mid-Size: 8-12" Width

    Full-Size: 12" Width or more

    Mid-Size
  • Temp Control

    Single Boiler: A single boiler handles both brewing and steaming.

    Double Boiler: Dedicated brew and steam boilers allow for increased consistency.

    Thermoblock: A quick-heating boiler alternative for faster warm-up times.

    Heat Exchanger: Flash-heated brew water and a large steam boiler lets you brew and steam simultaneously.

    Boiler+Thermoblock: A traditional boiler for brewing with a thermoblock for instant steaming.

    Double Thermoblock: Two dedicated thermoblocks offer instant brewing and steaming.

    Single Boiler
Features
  • PID Accuracy: Digital temperature management offers higher accuracy, to-the-degree temperature control, and quicker recovery when brewing or steaming.
  • Pre-Infusion: Programmable infusion and dwell time makes shots easier to pull and more repeatable.
  • Shot Timer: Set and save your ideal shot time for consistent espresso.
  • Prosumer Components: The Silvia's survivor status is built on a steel case, solid brass boiler, and portafilter and group designs from Rancilio's commercial line that all offer excellent service life.
  • Backflushable: An integrated 3-way solenoid valve makes the Silvia group easy to clean, and helps to relieve back-pressure from the portafilter for cleaner coffee pucks.
    • Pros
      • PID Prowess: Not only does the PID get you tighter temperature control, but it also adds pre-infusion and shot time programming.
      • Build Quality: There are still original Silvias kicking around from 20 years ago. A machine with this level of build-quality is hard to find.
    • Cons
      • Single Boiler: A dual-use single boiler means you'll have to manually manage temp between brewing and steaming.
  • How Does it Compare?
    The Silvia PID replaces the standard bi-metallic thermostats found in the Base Silvia with an electronic PID controller and solid state relay. With a PID, your machine features a much more precise temperature profile, as well as preinfusion and shot timing—making the Silvia PID significantly more forgiving then its PIDless counterpart. Want to learn more about PIDs? Click Here.
  • Tips and Tricks
    When making a milk drink, we recommend steaming your milk first, then brewing your shot.

About Rancilio

Founded by Roberto Rancilio in 1927, Rancilio has long been an authority in the espresso world. The brewers and grinders built by this brand present a great starting point for a home espresso set up. Their home machines are easy to get started on, but with some practice and care you’ll be producing café quality beverages from the comfort of your kitchen.

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Specifications
  • Skill Level
    Expert
  • Model Number
    HSD-SILVIA-19
  • Manufacturer
    Rancilio
  • Width
    9.5 inches
  • Depth
    11.0 inches
  • Height
    13.5 inches
  • Product Weight (lbs.)
    0.0000
  • Watts
    1100 W
  • Volts
    120 V
  • Programmability
    PID, Pre-infusion, Shot Time
  • Case Material
    Stainless Steel
  • Boiler Material
    Brass
  • Cup Clearance
    3 inches
  • Boiler Volume
    12 ounces
  • Reservoir Size
    67 ounces
  • Solenoid Valve
    Yes
  • Cup Tray
    Yes
  • Portafilter Size
    58mm
  • Available Portafilters
    Pressurized, Non-Pressurized, Bottomless
  • Warm Up: Brew Time
    3:30
  • Boiler Design
    Single Boiler
  • Pod Friendly
    Yes - with adaptation
  • Water Sources
    Reservoir/Internal Tank
  • Auto Shut Off
    No
  • Auto On
    No
  • Pre-Infusion/Aroma
    Yes
  • Material
    Stainless Steel
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Warranty Information

What it Covers: Rancilio home espresso machines and grinders

Length: 1 year parts and labor (Silvia and Rocky)

Warranty Point of Contact: Seattle Coffee Gear

Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Silvia and Silvia Pro only)

Can SCG Repair? Yes, read more about our repair services


Care and Maintenance

  • Fit blind basket and backflush with water daily
  • Backflush every other week using a detergent like Cafiza.
  • Ensure water softness or use filtered water before filling machine

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Auto On No Yes
Auto Shut Off Yes Yes
Boiler Design Thermoblock Double Boiler
Boiler Material Stainless Steel-lined Aluminum Stainless Steel
Boiler Volume Espresso Boiler: 0.3L (10 ounces) | Steam Boiler: 0.95L (32 ounces)
Cup Clearance 3 inches 4 inches
Cup Tray Yes Yes
Depth 13.5 inches with portafilter 15.00 inches
Height 13.5 inches 15.00 inches
Portafilter Size 58mm 58mm
Programmability PID, Pre-infusion, Shot Time PID, Pre-infusion, Shot Time
Reservoir Size 48 ounces 84 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes Yes
Warm Up: Brew Time 3:41 8 minutes 20 seconds
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank Reservoir/Internal Tank
Width 10 inches 16.25 inches
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