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Rancilio Silvia - Tommy Kokko's Review
Posted: December 24, 2003, 6:51pm
review rating: 6.0
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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $600.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: ALRp Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great espresso - beautiful machine
Positive Product Points

+ Love the design
+ Great espresso
+ Plenty of steam

Negative Product Points

- Not managed to get dry pucks, suppose it is because of the 3-way solenoid
- Not very hot cup heater, have increased heat by putting a kitchen linen towel ontop of my cups
- Not being able to steam and brew at the same time

Detailed Commentary

I bought this in a bundle with the Mazzer Mini and i must say that i am very pleased with the machines. I have been reading a lot and i thought that i would buy the Silvia as a first machine since it has so many avid users and good support with spare parts etc.

I went through about a pound of beans to get the grinding right, but since i got i set i hardly ever make a bad espresso although i am completely new to the game. I have read a bit about temp surfing, the golden rule and such which probably helps me getting it right. Rich beautifully redish crema every time using beans from Caffee Mauro.

If i had some more money i would have gone for an ECM or Isomac with more possibilites regarding temperature stability and "multitasking".

I havn't yet mastered the milkfrothing, but i feel its not to far away. Bought a thermometer which really has been an aid for me.

Buying Experience

Very good. ALRp has been in the business for 20 years and have extensive knowledge in repairing and selling espresso and other machines. Took about a week to get the mazzer in stock and i went there to pick it up and got some good advice as i was there about using the machines. Also they had made a Swedish manual for the silvia which i think some people would appreciate.

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