Did you think we would do a Holiday Gift List and not suggest a Rancilio Silvia? :D
Of course we are! But not just any Silvia - we're featuring one with enhancements that, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why the Rancilio Factory isn't doing directly: a Rancilio Silvia with built in PID controls and preinfusion. Fortunately, you can order this machine with those advanced features today, and from Seattle Coffee Gear.
The Silvia is the benchmark for home espresso machines under $1,000. It just is. It's built like a tank, features solid, mechanical switches, has a commercial grade grouphead and portafilter, and has been the mainstay, go to machine to recommend since it was introduced almost 15 years ago.
And it hasn't changed all that much in 15 years either - little piddly additions like a pod adapter (boo) and cosmetic improvements (yay, especially a proper name badge now) but just like back then, it's built to last.
Add a PID control to it and you have an amazing home machine that takes espresso brewing to another level - the temperature stable level, which helps improve your espresso shots and deliver better back to back espresso pulls. Getting it done at the vendor means you get a rock solid installation and no engineering degree required!
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.