Silvia Version 3 Espresso Machine
Rancilio is a company with a long tradition and our production of high-quality espresso machines dates back to the twenties. After decades of growth and learning, we proudly continue to offer products that are first in their class in design and technology
Here is what people think about it:
“This is a beautiful machine! I started learning about brewing espresso at home with a Gaggia Coffee. I’ve since stepped up to the Silvia and I wish I had bought it right away. The espresso I produce with it is far superior, never sour or bitter if I use the right amount and tamp it properly, and I can make microfoam. I also appreciate its heaviness, good looks, quiet operation and metal steam wand.
Many say – and it bears repeating – that you will only get the results you are looking for at home if you invest in a burr grinder of at least Rancilio Rocky or Gaggia MDF quality, grind right before brewing and use beans roasted within weeks, not months! I have had disappointing results with other grinders and all preground espresso including expensive Illy, etc.
Shop around and be sure to get free shipping, because this thing weighs a ton. I have seen good package deals where you can get the Silvia and Rocky together; with no tax and free shipping plus some free goodies such as a stainless steel tamper, you will be in business and might have some cash left over for the beans. Of course the instruction booklet is nearly worthless, but you can find some great videos on YouTube to show you what to do with all that stuff once you get it home.
If you have better things to spend your money on, like mortgage and groceries, or if you aren’t too picky, look elsewhere; maybe try a stovetop moka pot. If you think you will be making espresso for years to come get this machine, a good grinder and a water filter, and some freshly roasted beans from Intelligentsia; then you will want a collection of little cups for serving your creations, and your friends might begin to think you are an insufferable coffee snob… and at that point, you will be. Trust me, your buddies most likely do not want to hear about your machine’s brass portafilter and temperature stability.
This is NOT a cheap hobby. Maybe you should consider supporting your local coffee shop instead! As for me, I’m in too deep. Let me know if someone starts a twelve step program for espresso addicts. Enjoy!”
“I have owned several different expresso machines in different price ranges. Hands down, this machine is the best I’ve ever used. The machine works exactly as it is supposed to – I use it every day, sometimes a couple times per day and the espresso never changes – it’s always delicious, and the steamed milk comes out perfectly. I’ve even left the machine on all day a couple of times, and it still does not affect the machine – it keeps working like it’s brand new. The only downside is that it takes about 45 minutes for this machine to heat up. HOWEVER, there are websites out there that can tell you how to get around this and have your shot of espresso in about 10 minutes.”
“I had a steam machine for many years before moving up to a $150 Krups pump-driven model. It made much better quality espresso, but the steam wand was completely useless. When that machine recently broke for good (two weeks after the one-year warranty expired) I decided to make a major upgrade to something that should last for a while. After lots of online research, I settled on the Sylvia. I was a little scared of all the reviews on coffee-geek websites which warned that you have to be a jedi master to operate it: fine-tuning the perfect grind, applying just the right amount of tamping pressure, etc.
But I’ve been living with it for a week now, and I’m perfectly happy with it. Haven’t yet worked up the nerve to spend another $300 on a decent burr grinder, so I’m using pre-ground espresso beans from the local cafe (I know, it’s heresy). One drawback is the long warmup time, but I’ve already worked out a cheat: running water through both the filter basket and the steam line three times over the course of five minutes. The steaming wand has the power of a rocket engine, making all the foam you need for a latte in a few seconds. And the whole thing looks like a million bucks sitting on the kitchen counter. I’m glad I invested the extra money in something that looks good, makes excellent espresso, and hopefully will last for at least a few years.”
Silvia Version 3 Espresso Machine