jfnall Senior Member Joined: 2 Jan 2011 Posts: 6 Location: Nixa, MO
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia Grinder: Baratza Vario Roaster: www.ClassicRockCoffee.com
Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 7:14pm Subject: Silvia steam tip
I'm sure this has been discussed a million times. I have a Silvia V2 and tried the tip out for fit on a La Marazocco and it went on that machines wand. So I ordered a Foam Knife tip and I find out the threads are too small for the Silvia ... Duh. I should have checked first.
So, has anybody re-tapped the male threads on the Silvia to fit the Foam Knife tip, and is the tip worth the effort? I think the machine will handle the pressure since it's only 1 hole still.
If this is possible, what is the tap or die size and thread pitch I need to re-tap the Silvia's steam wand tip?
OR, will the new upgrade wand for the new Silvia have the same threads as the Foam Knife tip?
Interesting...I've never heard of anyone putting a $100 want tip on a Silvia. I think swapping out the wand-valve asembly for the v3 version is definitely worth it, and probably all you really need. In fact, that $100 would be better used towards a PID. Though I've not used a faom knife (or the Sproline Vortex, for that matter), all I've read seems to indicate it's an awesome tip, but unnecessary. It seems to merely shorten the learning curve towards awesome microfoam.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
I took a chance and it worked. The Foam Knife tip is a great upgrade for quality microfoam on the Silvia V2!!
The tip out of the box does NOT thread right on, but I re-tapped the Foam Knife and it works great. The pressure for steaming on the Silvia is actually the same or better than the factory tip with the single hole. I have a PID and get it up to 285 before steaming.
The tap I used is a 10mm x 1.0 pitch. Very simple to do.
So, if anyone is searching later on this forum, the foam knife steam wand tip will work great on the Silvia V2.... IF you re-tap the threads on the foam knife tip.
Now I can take my home latte art to the next level. Jeff
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