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Rancilio Silvia - Craig Andrews's Review
Posted: March 6, 2002, 3:04pm
review rating: 7.1
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Rancilio Silvia
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Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has 230 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has been rated 8.55 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Chris Clark 9.13
Ed Lawless 9.00
Joe DP 8.88
Dave Borton 8.67
Eric Larson 8.62

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 10
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $395.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st-line Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Delongi Caffe Venezia
Bottom Line: In my opinion this is the best espresso machine for the home market at this price point,& even to $600. An excellent machine!!
Positive Product Points

Buy one!!, It's an excellent machine at this price point. Once your dialed in & familiar with Silvia,you'll be pulling excellent crema shots! Check all the reviews on Coffeegeek & Alt.coffee & draw your own conclusions,all these people can't be wrong!!

Negative Product Points

Minor points,but the rubber feet on the base should be screwed on & not peel & stick on! The hollow plastic standard portafilter handle experiences slight flex when 'lockin & loadin' & could snap,it should be solid. When are espresso machine manufacturers ever going to supply a decent tamper?? Rancilio should be the first & break this mindset & supply Miss Silvia with (at least!) a machined aluminum tamper,she's worth it!! A stainless steel tamper to match Silvia,along side stainless Rocky,would be even better.  Make a tamper that fits,58mm PLEASE!!

Detailed Commentary

I love this Rancilio espresso machine!! This is one hefty machine at 30 lbs & beautiful in satin finish 304 stainless steel,no plastic here!  The brewing grouphead,portafilter handle & boiler are press forged solid,tough,machined marine grade brass. I produced a 1 oz Guiness-effect,crema laden espresso shot on my 3rd attempt,I'm not kidding!!  The boiler steam capacity is more than adequate,this machine is like a STEAM LOCOMOTIVE!  With 6oz of 3% whole milk I have no trouble micro-frothing to 4 TIMES the original volume in the 1st-line 24oz stainless frothing jug,always to the brim,overflowing. I use the Rancilio Commercial filter handle almost exclusively on my Miss Silvia espresso machine from 1st-line. The standard Silvia filter handle is 408 grams or 14.39oz vs 624 grams or 22.01oz,for the commercial handle. The commercial handle is 53% heavier,& both are of solid  press forged marine grade chromed brass. Also,the handle is 7 inches long vs the standard 6 3/16 inch length,allowing for greater leverage to lock the handle  into the grouphead. The greater thermal mass (weight),results in better temperature stability for excellent espresso crema shots!!

Buying Experience

I bought my Silvia from Jim at 1st-line. Great guy to deal with,sales,service,& tech help second to none!!

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