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Rancilio Silvia - Larry Prescott's Review
Posted: February 14, 2006, 3:06pm
review rating: 4.3
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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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Quality Reviews
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: 7.4
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $500.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: WholeLatteLove Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Sorry that I bought this crema-challenged machine.
Positive Product Points

The best thing about this machine is its powerful steamer

Negative Product Points

I have been making espresso drinks for over 30 years and have owned my Rancilio Silva for over a year, but I cannot figure out how to get decent crema with this machine.  I have tried every trick I know, but I only get decent crema about 10-20% of the time.  I also do not like how long it takes the steamer to heat.  Finally, the metal finish on the coffee holder is flaking off in places.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this machine after extensive research on the Web and reading many reivews.  I don't understand why the machine is rated so highly, for the reasons stated above.  The machine is slow to heat for brewing and painfully slow to heat for steaming.  I have to allow several additional minutes now for latte making in the mornings when I have to be somewhere, which is most mornings.  I thought that when I upgraded from the $200-300 range of espresso machines that I would get a noticeable improvement in my coffe making experience, but when your machine won't produce good crema each time, you stay frustrated.  I am very disappointed with my purchase and plan to buy something different.  I still have the Krups machine that I thought I was upgrading and it wins hands down in the crema department.  Please note that I can't recall what I actually paid for the machine when i bought it over a year ago, but I couldn't publish my review unless I plugged a number into this template.

Buying Experience

My purchase through WholeLatteLove was very satisfactory.

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