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Rancilio Silvia - Rom Lee's Review
Posted: February 3, 2007, 5:39pm
review rating: 5.5
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Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has 231 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has been rated 8.54 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $790.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Aabree Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Baby Gaggia purchased in 1984
Bottom Line: Not for the faint of heart.  Patience is rewarded with many pleasureable returns.
Positive Product Points

Very tasty shots
Solidly built
Easy to use controls
Very good price/value

Negative Product Points

Difficult to get consistent shots
Drip tray is too small
No visual water level gauge

Detailed Commentary

Our Baby Gaggia was purchased from Starbucks in 1984.  After two pump replacements the steel case was finally too rusted to contemplate another replacement pump.  Went on-line and read reviews from CoffeeGeek and ConsumerSearch.com.  The Silvia was consistently rated highest (warts and quirks included).  Looked at several on-line resellers and settled on Aabree (at Christmas free shipping was offered and no sales tax when shipped to Seattle).  

Positives and negatives are listed above and are consistent with other reviews.  It has taken me a long time to "dial in" the grind (#6) and tamping (I purchased a euro/ergo style tamper from Cafe Vivace in Seattle right away).  I'm almost at the point where I get pretty consistent shots even when switching between decaf and caf beans.  Beans used include Peets Major Dickison and Special Decaf, Cafe Vivace Dolce, Vita and Decaf.  I use the Vivace Dolce almost exclusively now.  I drink only doppios (usually 2 - 3 short shots every morning).  I make one latte for my wife usually every morning.

If the process of making espresso (working with the machine, dialing in the grind and tamping, and etc.) is as important to you as the consumption of the shot, then this machine is for you.  If not, then another machine may be better.  Personally, I like the challenge and when I get a good shot, it's worthwhile.  I've gained a greater appreciation for baristas who pull consistently great shots (if you're in Seattle, order an espresso ristretto from either of the Cafe Vivace locations).

Buying Experience

I called Aabree to check on in-stock and spoke with a sales person who answered my questions honestly and succinctly.  Would order from them again in a heartbeat.

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