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Rancilio Silvia - Petey Overton's Review
Posted: October 25, 2010, 3:38pm
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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
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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: 10.0
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 10
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,000.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: coffee-a-roma Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: rocky
Bottom Line: Happy, great machine, well built, nothing wrong, no defects, no mishaps, macine reads your mind, perfection, everyone should own one! grind your own beans. I will roast soon.
Positive Product Points

semi industrial
stainless steel exterior
brass components
well built/ and accessories

Negative Product Points

thermostat is no good.
single boiler.

Detailed Commentary

Bought this one and received it a week later.
Came with a portafilter (double) bought a single to,
came with blind, chemical. brush and a few rancilio cups.
Everything thing about this is awesome.

The wand is heavy and well built. The machine is full of brass components that last in heat when hot. The portrafilter is heavy and built to last. The extraction is great.
I use the rocky to grind my beans.
The machine is perfection and at a great price.
If you pay any more you will be buying a 1500 that is probably not much different from the Silvia.
The wand is power full when the temp maxes out. The temp is different for the wand and the group head.
This is why the temp thermostat sucks,
Its jumping from group head to wand. It trys to cut the heat when its to hot.
about 20- degrees difference. Temp surfing sucks.
I am going to buy a PID (proportional integral derivative.) to maintain a stable temp. (updateL PID costs a lot and i find after 20 mins of warming the machines is hot and the heat temp tends not to vary.)

I am able to pull very nice shots, rich in colour, smell and retain a nice thick crema.
Milk can be frothed quite fast with this machine. It would be nice to do both at the same time but this of course would mean a more expensive machine.
I can make a better coffee at home than i have found anywhere in my state.

This is a good machine.
I read some reviews and they stated how bad the machine was built and came with out things such as a portafilter.
No longer is this case.
Also i watched some videos and the silvia is now better built.
There is a better wand and wand knob. This is a great buy, the best you will get at the cheapest price.
Remember to have a grinder that can match the machine :)

This a good semi industrial/ semi domestic machine at the cheapest price. A great way to get good coffee.

Buying Experience

excellent.

Three Month Followup

At about this time the machine wand just stopped working, i sent it away to be repaired. I was called and heard the wand working over the phone, got the machine back and its worked perfect since?

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