Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
consumer product reviews
consumer espresso machine reviews
Rancilio Silvia - Craig Andrews's Review
Posted: March 6, 2002, 3:04pm
review rating: 7.1
feedback: (0) comments | read | write
Rancilio Silvia
Where to Buy
Arrow Seattle Coffee Gear
Arrow WholeLatteLove.com
Arrow 1st-line Equipment
 List your business site here.
About "Where to Buy"

More About This Product
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.
Arrow Rancilio Silvia reviews have been viewed 1,724,285 times (updated hourly).

Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Chris Clark 9.13
Joe DP 8.88
Dave Borton 8.67
Eric Larson 8.62
Gregory Scace 8.39

Previous Review Next Review
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 10
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $395.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st-line Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Delongi Caffe Venezia
Bottom Line: In my opinion this is the best espresso machine for the home market at this price point,& even to $600. An excellent machine!!
Positive Product Points

Buy one!!, It's an excellent machine at this price point. Once your dialed in & familiar with Silvia,you'll be pulling excellent crema shots! Check all the reviews on Coffeegeek & Alt.coffee & draw your own conclusions,all these people can't be wrong!!

Negative Product Points

Minor points,but the rubber feet on the base should be screwed on & not peel & stick on! The hollow plastic standard portafilter handle experiences slight flex when 'lockin & loadin' & could snap,it should be solid. When are espresso machine manufacturers ever going to supply a decent tamper?? Rancilio should be the first & break this mindset & supply Miss Silvia with (at least!) a machined aluminum tamper,she's worth it!! A stainless steel tamper to match Silvia,along side stainless Rocky,would be even better.  Make a tamper that fits,58mm PLEASE!!

Detailed Commentary

I love this Rancilio espresso machine!! This is one hefty machine at 30 lbs & beautiful in satin finish 304 stainless steel,no plastic here!  The brewing grouphead,portafilter handle & boiler are press forged solid,tough,machined marine grade brass. I produced a 1 oz Guiness-effect,crema laden espresso shot on my 3rd attempt,I'm not kidding!!  The boiler steam capacity is more than adequate,this machine is like a STEAM LOCOMOTIVE!  With 6oz of 3% whole milk I have no trouble micro-frothing to 4 TIMES the original volume in the 1st-line 24oz stainless frothing jug,always to the brim,overflowing. I use the Rancilio Commercial filter handle almost exclusively on my Miss Silvia espresso machine from 1st-line. The standard Silvia filter handle is 408 grams or 14.39oz vs 624 grams or 22.01oz,for the commercial handle. The commercial handle is 53% heavier,& both are of solid  press forged marine grade chromed brass. Also,the handle is 7 inches long vs the standard 6 3/16 inch length,allowing for greater leverage to lock the handle  into the grouphead. The greater thermal mass (weight),results in better temperature stability for excellent espresso crema shots!!

Buying Experience

I bought my Silvia from Jim at 1st-line. Great guy to deal with,sales,service,& tech help second to none!!

Previous Review Next Review
Write a Review for this Product
review rating: 7.1
Posted: March 6, 2002, 3:04pm
feedback: (0) comments | read | write
Login Password
forgot pw | signup
Learn @seattlecoffeegear
Learn all about coffee, watch videos, read how-to articles.
Cafe Espresso Machines
Video reviews, nationwide installation, leasing options... Nuova Simonelli, Rancilio, La Marzocco.
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2015 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.206301927567)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+