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Rancilio Silvia - Y T's Review
Posted: June 18, 2014, 6:15am
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Rancilio Silvia
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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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Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Chris Clark 9.13
Joe DP 8.88
Dave Borton 8.67
Eric Larson 8.62
Gregory Scace 8.39

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 7
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $629.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: WholeLatteLove Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Very compact and easy to use
Positive Product Points

- Consistent espresso shots after adding a PID
- Simple to use
- Very Portable
- Easy to care for

Negative Product Points

- Could use a factory PID and gauge option for those non-DIY'ers
- Steam knob squeaks and plastic fascia fell off of the knob

Detailed Commentary

After using a Mr. Coffee espresso machine buying the Silvia was either going to be a disastrous misadventure for me or a huge success story. I mean moving from a $150 machine/grinder combo to a $ 629. machine plus getting a new grinder ($300) to go with it was a big commitment but It turned out to be a success.
After trying temperature surfing for a while it was still hard to control shot quality so I added a PID and then later on a pressure gauge and insulated the boiler. Now the machine is rock solid, the only variable come from the beans / grinder and tamping variances. If the machine came with PID and gauge as options it would be easier but I guess on the plus side the entry price is lower and since I am a DIY'er it worked out fine. The machine is so light and portable I even brought it to work one day during an appreciation event for some colleagues. I love how it uses minimal counter space!

Buying Experience

Whole Latte Love was very easy to deal with

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