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Rancilio S-Series - Joshua Terrill's Review
Posted: February 11, 2009, 8:54pm
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Baron Von spuma 9.00
Byron Ala 9.00
Jesse Imbach 7.16
Joshua Terrill 7.00
James Christopher 6.42

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Product Reviewed: S27
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Self Refurbish Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Pro Barista Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Nuova Simonelli Mac 2000
Bottom Line: If Kurosawa Made A Movie About Espresso, This Would Be Takashi Shimura.
Positive Product Points

-Beautiful Styling
-Temperature Recovery Is Amazing
-Serviceability A Breeze
-Pulls Amazing Shots- Beautiful Crema
-Steam's Amazing Microfoam (I still don't understand why the three hole tip is such a controversy)
-One Of My Favorite HX Machines
-Simple, A Great Friend For The Most Discerning Barista

Negative Product Points

As With All Espresso Machines, Without Routine Maintenance, Things Can Go Terribly Wrong

Detailed Commentary

I finally finished it. My Rancillio project is nearly complete!

A year ago, while at work at Coffee Underground in Greenville, SC (I know, shameless plug for my employer...), I came across a S27 in storage in our theatre, along with a Nuova Simonelli Mac 2000 (see my review of that great machine), and was offered it by my boss. Knowing I couldn't talk her into letting me buy our 3-group Faema that was de-comissioned, I went ahead and took the red beauty home.

And I fell in love.......

Other than the fact that it took me almost 6 months of researching espresso machine repair (which is now a godsend i'm using now to service machines) to get her running properly, this machine performs incredibly. If the grind is right, it will consistently pull 24-26 second shots, beautiful crema, lovely striping, incredibly spongy mouse tails, and will keep up the pace around 25-30 shots successively and maintain a constant temp. The brass boiler and Procon pump are relatively quiet, good in a kitchen with concrete countertops and brick walls (yes, mine). The boiler itself gets hot quickly (though i'd suggest giving it a good 30 minutes to get to a good stable temperature), and the group, after a cooling flush, pulls the shots as well as maybe the LaMarzocco Linea (another great machine, maybe the best workhorse machine ever).

The steam wand is high powered and heats the milk quickly. I consistently get glossy velvet microfoam with the three hole tip (perfect for the old latte art that i dig on so much). It is one of my best friends, a trusted companion as i train for competition glory, testing new blends and roasts, combining flavors, making beautiful rosettas, and generally making a very bold statement in enhancing the decor of my kitchen.

My sincerest advice to you- if you can get your hands on one of these, by all means do it. I know people swear by Miss Sylvia as far as home machines go, but honestly, other than the Lamarzocco GS/3 P.I.D. controlled slice of god I've had the pleasure of test driving, this HX beast is all you will ever need for years to come as far as home espresso goes.

Now back to pretension......

Buying Experience

Refurbished and Customized. My Buddy For Life. Thanks Go Out To CafeParts.com For Supplying Me With All The Stuff I Needed To Get This Baby Up And Running Like A Champ.

Three Month Followup

Still the best.

One Year Followup

Still doing its thing beautifully. Lent it to work while I was repairing the Linea, they let the tank run dry! However, after replacing a few fuses and the main power switch, back to working beautifully. Still My favorite.

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