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Rancilio Silvia - Paul Herman's Review
Posted: February 27, 2003, 8:04pm
review rating: 5.2
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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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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: 9.6
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $629.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $360.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: chris's coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: BRAUN STEAM POT
Bottom Line: Buy it.
Positive Product Points

Makes great espresso. Looks great and is solidly built.  Did I say make great espresso?

Negative Product Points

Temperature surfing required to make great espresso.  Invovles a little practice to get consistant results.

Detailed Commentary

Simply put I read the reviews here and decided to make the leap.   Silvia is all that I dreamed and more, I must say I am in espresso bliss.
Silvia takes a little care to learn but she is well worth the effort.  Once mastered she is capable of making better espresso than I have ever had before.  

I must caution that if you decide to buy you must be prepared to search the web for information on how to use her properly.  Her instructions are weak.  She is easy to use once a few basic steps are learned.  Silvia is not as automatic as other machines.  Temperature controls are to loose requiring a temperature surfing routine to be learned for the best results.

Maintanence has been very easy.  I remove the screen to the portafilter receiver every couply of days to clean.  This really keeps the quality of the espresso high.

All in all I am very pleased!

Buying Experience

I call several retailers and asked for there best package deal on a silvia, ss rocky and a bunch of other little items.  Chris's coffee offered the best deal and I ordered.  Chris was great, he promptly responded to my request.  Items were shipped promptly and double boxed.

Three Month Followup

n/a

One Year Followup

Still using 5 times a week. & love it.  Great entry level machine.

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