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Rancilio Silvia - Matthew Smith's Review
Posted: September 7, 2003, 4:07am
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Arrow The Rancilio Silvia has 229 Reviews
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 9.0
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $460.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Coffee For Connoisseurs Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rocky Grinder
Bottom Line: I wish we'd bought Silvia first time round.  An excellent product.
Positive Product Points

A well-built, good looking, solid (14kg of solid) machine which produces great coffee.

Negative Product Points

The tamper is a disgrace when compared with the quality of the machine.  The English translation of the manual is good for a laugh, but not very helpful.  Thankfully, Alan Frew (Coffee For Connoisseurs) provides his own documentation with the machine.

Detailed Commentary

This has been a case of not knowing how bad something is until you come across something good.  After two years experience of a Krupps machine - some of that involving a screwdriver - Silvia is a breath of fresh air.  

Although a little more complex in operation to the "press the button, every cup just as bad" than the Krupps, Silvia rewards the time taken to learn how to use her.   I have read comments suggesting that Silvia can be tricky to use but then a car (automobile) can be tricky to drive on the first attempt.  Perseverance will be rewarded.

The only flaws that I can report are the cheap'n'nasty tamper and the dreadful translated-with-a-dictionary manual.  Alan's (Frew) documentation more than makes up for the manual and, although fiddly, the tamper is useable.

In addition to being a solid machine which makes good coffee, Silvia's looks add a touch of class to our kitchen.

This experience of a Rancilio product give me confidence in looking to my next purchase - Silvia's best friend, Rocky.

Buying Experience

Alan Frew (Coffee For Connoisseurs), a regular writer in this forum, proves that there is still such a thing as service.  Everything fully tested before despatch and DECENT coffee samples included in addition to much needed documentation.

Three Month Followup

Still think Silvia's a great machine, limited only by the proficiency of the operator, who is getting better...

One Year Followup

Now an old hand working with Silvia, I really can't find anything to fault.  I've even got used to the yucky plastic tamper.

I find that with Silvia, the Rocky grinder and the excellent coffees that we get from Coffee for Conoisseurs <www.coffeeco.com.au>, my wife and I have become exceedingly hard to please when taking espresso in cafes.

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