The Rancilio Silvia is making the news as one the best single boiler machines in production. Like more commercial brand machines, it’s all in the brass facts. Brass boiler, brass lines and chromed brass brewing head all help to maintain temperature and heat distribution for the perfect espresso.
The Silvia will deliver consistently fine espresso, lattes, cappuccinos and more, just with the touch of a button. It’s beautiful to behold and simple to use. You’ll be making your favorite espresso to the raves of family and friends. This is a quality machine at a terrific price.
Detailed Product Features
Simple to Use Controls
Push the large central power button and an orange light comes on and stays on until the Silvia is at operating temperature for espresso, steam or hot water. Three more professional grade rocker switches now let you chose which one of those options you want. Top is for espresso, the middle for hot water and the bottom one is for steam.
Flip the espresso button and that rich, hot liquid will start to flow. Switch it off when you have the amount you want. For hot water, simply flip the middle switch, open the steam valve knob and hot water gushes from the steam wand. For lattes and cappuccinos, flip the bottom steam button. When the orange light goes off, open the steam valve and start frothing milk.
Milk Frothing and Hot Water
The Rancilio Silvia features a straightforward chrome plated steam wand that delivers plenty of ready steam for milk foam. In 1.5 minutes the Silvia will have enough milk to make the average sized latte up to temperature. Simply put, the Silvia outperforms almost every espresso machine under $500 in the steaming and frothing race!
The steam wand also doubles as the outlet for hot water. Simply press the hot water button and hot water will be dispensed for making beverages such as the popular Americano or tea.
Quality Brewing Group
The grouphead (or the component that accepts the portafilter where the filter basket is placed) is made of chrome plated brass. Designed after Rancilio’s line of commercial espresso machines, the Silvia group head evenly distributes heat and reduces “hotspots” for more temperature consistent espresso. It has also been designed to evenly distribute water across the coffee grounds for a better extraction.
Commercial-Grade Portafilter and Filter Baskets
Keeping with the tradition of using only commercial grade components, the Silvia uses a heavy-duty chrome plated brass portafilter, which features a rugged plastic handle. The Silvia comes with two pressed stainless steel filter baskets (a single shot and double shot version), which both measure 58mm in diameter.
Commercial Quality Pressure Release System
Many high-end home and all commercial espresso machines feature a pressure relief system that helps reduce splatter if you should inadvertently remove the portafilter too quickly. The pressure relief system also greatly reduces dripping after the brew switch has been turned off resulting is a “dry puck” of coffee grounds for easier cleanup. This is done thanks to the three-way solenoid valve.
67 oz. Water Tank
This removable water reservoir can be filled while operating or taken out and filled at the faucet.
15 BAR Heavy Duty Pump
The secret to a great espresso is a water pump that has the power to force water through the coffee grounds to extract the full flavor from the coffee.
Drip and Cup Tray plus Cup Heater
The Silvia has a stainless steel drip pan and cup try, both easy to remove and clean. A cup-warming surface on the top of the machine lets you keep your espresso at the right temperature when it is being poured - so important for a fine espresso.
12 oz. Brass Boiler
Made of heat distributing brass, this boiler can get up to temperature quickly and stay there, with a fast recycling time. Three thermostats are built into the Silvia that control the temperature for espresso and for steam, and a third that specifically monitors the boiler to protect it from overheating if the machine is left unattended for long periods. Should the boiler overheat, the thermal protection thermostat can be reset.
One Tough Body
Brushed stainless steel construction gives the Silvia an industrial chic look; sleek, functional and unassuming. The housing is only part of the story. Inside the housing you will find that Rancilio used a rust resistant steel frame, stainless steel bolts and screws, and only the finest tubing and fittings.
Cleaning & Maintenance of Components – Additional Information
In order to keep the inside of your machine healthy, it must be periodically cleaned. Scale buildup from naturally occurring minerals in your water can build up on sensitive components like the inside of the boiler, which left unchecked can cause considerable damage to the machine. By descaling your machine every two-three months, your machine will be trouble-free for years. Espresso machine cleaner can be purchased from us or by calling the support number in your user guide.
Descaling and general cleaning is important even if you have a sophisticated water filter system, and especially if you use well water. Wastewater left over from the rinsing cycles is stored in removable drip tray that simply pulls out from the machine and it reinserts is seconds. The drip tray and water tank need periodic cleansing with dish soap and warm water.
Installation and Accessories
The Silvia requires no special plumbing or electrical outlets. Just plug it in and it’s ready to operate. With purchase, the Silvia comes with two filter baskets, one for single shot and the other for a double shot, coffee tamper, measuring spoon and an instruction manual.
Making high quality espresso with a real espresso machine requires compacting the espresso with a real coffee tamper. While some espresso machines come with an inexpensive coffee tamper, these don't really give the kind of tamping that results in a high quality extraction. We do carry a large selection of attractive heavyweight coffee tampers. Not only will getting one of these coffee tampers give you higher quality, and more consistent results, but they will add to the look of your home espresso bar.
And if you'll be serving espresso, you should serve it in real espresso cups. A coffee cup will pull the heat from your espresso too quickly because of its size, and because of its area, you will lose most of the crema. Most of the crema will stick to the inner surface of a large coffee cup. So take a look at our large selection of espresso cups. And to complete the service of quality espresso, you should also take a look at our large selection of high quality demitasse spoons. It's a nice touch to match the look of your demitasse spoons to your home decor. We have a wide range of designs in spoons from baroque to classical to modern. All are high quality 18/10 stainless steel.