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Rancilio Silvia - Chris Brown's Review
Posted: December 20, 2012, 7:56am
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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.
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: 10.0
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 10
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Coffeegeek Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 week Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Delonghi EC155
Bottom Line: This machine truly is a commercial quality machine without a large footprint.  I would buy again.
Positive Product Points

-Large Boiler
- Powerful Steam
- Commercial components

Negative Product Points


Detailed Commentary

Rancilio Silvia V3 Model

I was able to find this on coffeegeek from another user.  Even though it's a 2nd hand 3 year old model is still works like new.  The commercial portafilter, wand and 12oz boiler really make it feel like your using a small commercial machine at home.  Amazing cafe quality or better espresso and crazy steam compared to my EC155!  Even for $700 new in Canada this espresso machine is a great deal and will clearly last for years and years to come!  I thought this machine would be less forgiving but I was able to dial in a Hario Skerton on the 2nd try with great results.

Buying Experience

Coffeegeek user was friendly and easy to work with.  Shoulda stayed away from UPS though.  $100 C.O.D :s

Three Month Followup

Machine still runs like when I bought it 3 months ago.  Still happy to wake up in the morning to brew a shot. :)  My caffeine addiction has gotten worse over the last 3 months. I have since upgraded to the triple bottomless portafilter and it was worth it. I am pulling great looking espresso .

One Year Followup

The Silvia still runs great. NO issues.  I descale every 6 months (drinking maybe 1-2 espresso's per day), Weekly backflush.  I didn't expect a second hand Silvia to last this long without problems.  I will soon be replacing the frame ($80) and Rustolium painting it to make it rust proof.  Since I have been able to get used to temp surfing without really knowing it.  A good tip would be to keep a frothing pitcher under the steam wand sitting on the drip tray. makes surfing cleaner and easier.  Other than a bit of rust (from me not watching how full the drip tray gets) this machine is great!  Produces amazing espresso and truly is built to last for a single boiler machine.  Now all it needs is a PID for temp profiling. :p  I plan to hide one under the cup warmer to make it easily accessible but easy to hide.  I have no issue with steam power.  If you do a 20 min warm up before flipping the steam button to warm up for steam you get a ton of steam power that won't empty the boiler much. I can refill in about 10 seconds after steaming. :)  Will buy again!

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