A common question that I often hear is what grinder will work well with my Rancilio Silvia? Or Do I need a grinder? In this video i will show you several different shots pulled from the Rancilio Silva. You will see an under extracted, over extracted, and a nice shot.
|Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Espresso Coffee||$25.49|
|Rattleware Large Round Handle Tamper - 58mm||$28.96|
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Introducing The New Rancilio Silvia V3 - With More Commercial Quality Components
Previously available as an upgrade, the Silvia now comes standard with an ergonomic commercial portafilter. Another upgrade now made standard is the commercial articulating steam wand. It's what Silvia owners have been asking for! Adding even more style to an already sleek machine is the redesigned, contoured steam knob.
One of our best sellers, the Rancilio Silvia is a machine with a reputation that speaks for itself. With over five years of solid performance, the Silvia is one of the most highly recognized semi-automatic machines in the business. To ensure heat retention and lasting quality, the Silvia features a forged marine brass group head and boiler. The large 12-ounce boiler also allows for steam capacity that is unparalleled by other machines at this size and price. An iron frame, housed by brushed stainless steel, provides durability as well as sleek, Italian style. Miss Silvia takes a little bit of time and patience to master, but once you do you’ll never want to use anything else. As one of our customers said, "Superior performance, superior construction, superior period. This machine is worth it."
Being the classy lady that she is, Silvia is a little picky about the grind that you use with her. We highly recommend pairing this machine with a top-quality burr grinder such as the Rancilio Rocky or Gaggia MDF. Be sure to take a look at our Rancilio packages, and get some great deals on a complete espresso bar.
This Silvia comes with a 7 gram coffee scoop, a plastic tamper, and two filter baskets (single and double). Right now, this fine machine also comes with an extended warranty that provides you with two years of protection.
If all of these features weren’t enough, the Silvia is also ESE pod-adaptable! If you would like the option to use convenient Easy Serve Espresso pods with your Silvia, a pod-adapter kit can be purchased separately for you to install on your machine.
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Features & Benefits: Coffee
Commercial Size and Style Portafilter
Some of the most crucial elements for producing high quality espresso are influenced by the Style, Size and Construction of the portafilter. Style: This portafilter is designed like a commercial machine and works in the same way. The coffee is ground fine and is tamped (pressed) firmly into place. Size: The size of the portafilter is also the same as a commercial machine. Is has a large diameter (58 mm) so that the water is distributed evenly over a wide surface area. Construction: The portafilter is made up of two parts, the handle and the filter holder. The handle is made of high quality plastic. The heavy chrome plated brass filter holder keeps the temperature stable throughout the entire brewing process, therefore producing a quality cup of espresso.
Commercial Brewing Group
This is the portion of the machine that the portafilter locks into. It is made of chrome plated marine brass which provides a superior brewing environment through maximum heat stability and component longevity.
The Silvia's boiler is made of marine grade brass and has the largest volume (12 oz.) of any home machine in its class. This large volume produces the best steaming power and recycle time when brewing multiple espressos. The brass construction resists pitting and scale build up for long lasting durability.
3 Way Solenoid Valve
The three-way solenoid valve is a commercial feature that relieves the water pressure off the coffee when the brew switch is turned off. This serves two functions; it dries out the coffee to prevent dripping and makes it easy to knock the coffee out of the portafilter with one knock.
High Quality Controls with Temperature Ready Light
The Silvia has the same switches as their famed S20 series commercial units. There are four snap-acting rocker arm switches. The main power switch is located in the center by itself. When this is turned on the heating element is activated. A separate orange ready light will then turn on. When the light goes off the machine is at operating temperature. The top left switch operates the pump and is also known as the brew switch. Turn on to start the brewing process and off when you are done. The middle button on the left is for dispensing hot water. The bottom left switch activates the steam function. When this is turned on the boiler will heat up to steam temperature. Then turn the steam/water knob located on the side of the machine and start frothing.
Preheating your cups is very important. The Silvia has a cup warmer that will hold up to six espresso cups. It is a passive type heater which means it is heated from the residual heat of the boiler.
Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water
Hot Water Dispenser
If you want hot water for any reason, be it hot chocolate, tea or Americanos it is very easy to do. Just turn on the pump (brew) switch and open the steam knob. Hot water will start to stream out.
New Articulating Steam Wand
The Silvia now comes standard with an articulating stainless steel steam wand, allowing a greater range of motion and making it much easier to use.
Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other
The large removable 2 quart reservoir can be refilled from the top any time during the operation, allowing for an endless supply of coffee or steam.
Thermostat and Safety Switches
The Silvia has three temperature controls. There are two thermostats and one high limit. There is one thermostat for maintaining brewing temperature and one for maintaining steaming temperature. The high limit will turn off the power to the boiler in the event of a malfunction. This prevents the boiler from overheating. The high limit switch can be reset and does not have to be replaced if activated.
The construction of this unit is second to none. The frame that supports the unit is made of heavy iron. The exterior casing, drip pan and drip tray are made of high quality stainless steel. Not only is the Silvia rock solid and easy to clean, it also fits in perfectly with today's high-end kitchen appliances.
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|Dimension - Width (Inches)||9|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||13.5|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||10.7|
|Housing Materials||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Cover Material||Stainless Steel|
|One Touch cappuccino|
|One Touch Cappuccino||No|
|Steam Wand Style||Commercial Style|
|Usable Length (Inches)||3.5|
|Height Off Counter (Inches)||4|
|Number Of Holes||1|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz)||74|
|Type Of Controls||Rocker|
|Passive / Active||Passive|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Commercial Filter Baskets Included||Yes|
|Pressurized Filter Baskets Included||No|
|Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible||Ground Only|
|Bottomless Portafilter Available||Yes|
|Tamper Size (Millimeter)||58|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Capsule / Pod Friendly||No|
|Back Flush Capable||Yes|
|Number Of Boilers||1|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type||Small Volume|
|Brew Boiler Watts||952|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz)||12|
|Brew Boiler Material||Brass|
|Brew Boiler Orientation||Horizontal|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location||Internal|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar)||15|
|Self Priming Pump||Yes|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds)||187|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds)||360|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds)||10|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F)||180|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds)||26|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds)||74|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db)||70|
|Descaler Used||Urnex Cleancaf|
|Rechargeable Water Softener||Yes|
|Back Flush Cleaner Used||Cafiza|
|Country Of Manufacture||Italy|
|Repairs By||Whole Latte Love|
Question & AnswersAsk our Community any quesiton you may have about this product! We are happy to help. Back to Top
mjackson aswered:Here are some greta articles to help http://www.wholelattelove.com/articles/dont_blow_a_gasket.cfm http://www.wholelattelove.com/articles/backflushing_an_espresso_machine.cfm http://www.wholelattelove.com/articles/decalcify_espresso_machine.cfm
Maggie aswered:If you're getting grounds consistently sticking to the shower screen, the portafilter is a little bit too full-take out a good-sized pinch or two from the portafilter before tamping, and that should clear it up!
ShaneAncefsky-Sales aswered:Hello, Thank you for the question. What we listed were just the lowest grinders that you should think about getting with the Silvia. The Vario would provide a better grind and work better with the Silvia.
Maggie aswered:Thank you for your post. We do have replacement hoses-please contact our Technical Support team at 1-888-411-5282, option 3, and they will be happy to assist you in placing the order.
Maggie aswered:I would honestly recommend looking into purchasing a machine there-the only machines we stock are meant for US usage, not the 220 volt power that they have in Europe. You could get a converter, but those usually are not meant to be used long-term.
DanielCulver aswered:Sean, I am not personally familiar with the machines you bought, but there are common elements to getting good shots. How recently the beans have been roasted is not your biggest concern here, or even a concern. It sounds to me that you are proceeding properly, but maybe you will have quicker... more
Sean Blaes aswered:Thanks Daniel, I am actually using some beans from Costco! They were some Kona Coffee beans, which I really liked when I was in Hawaii. :) I want to run through this bag, then I'll break open the Lavazza ones that WLL sent with the machine. I know there are mixed reviews of those, but I can't... more
ShaneAncefsky-Sales aswered:Hello Rachel, Depending on the coffee you are using I would be using a grind setting of around 8 to start. The pressure on the tamper should be around 30lbs of pressure. If your still having problems. Please feel free to call me 1-888-411-5282 ext 5198(Shane) and I can help over the phone... more
Rachel M. Turner aswered:Hi, Thanks for getting back to me. I have the baratza preciso grinder. So the macro should be set at 8, what letter for the micro would you recommend?
mjackson aswered:DS, We do not sell the kit, they are available out there and can be purchased as a kit or can be installed for you . They certainly are worth looking into and many people like the benefit of consistent temperatures.
Stephen aswered:I bought an Auber for my Gaggia Classic and love it. They make one for the Silvia too. http://www.auberins.com/
mjackson aswered:DS, It can create great microfoam if used by a skilled person. It does take some practice and a learning curve but it does have the potential. It is not made for steaming large quantities of milk one right after the other. That would be one of the bigger differences versus a $2000 machine . Also... more
A aswered:Lee, The Silvia and the 840XL are two very different machines. Which one is best all depends on what you are planning on using it for, and what you expect out of it. The 840XL is very easy to use, forgiving, and looks nice. Whereas the Silvia is a commercial style machine shrunken down to fit on... more
techkathy aswered:Have you descaled the machine recently/frequently? If the machine is clean I would recommend replacing the thermostats. Given the age of the machine I would also recommend replacing the group gasket if you have not done so. Brew thermostat: RA-34200059 Steam thermostat: RA-34200055 Group... more
mjackson aswered:I would drain the boiler and here is how- Read and understand these instructions entirely before attempting to drain your boiler. Consult our Tech Department before continuing. Only perform this procedure when your machine is COLD! If the machine has been used previously on this day,... more
A aswered:David, You can pre infuse manually with the Silvia by pressing the brew button quickly and turning it off - I would say for less than a second. Once the water starts to flow from the portafilter, the actual extraction has begun, and it is going to effect your shot.
A aswered:David, Because this machine is a single boiler, you cannot brew and steam at the same time. If you are looking for a great machine that is able to do that then I would suggest the Expobar Office Lever. I have included a link below: http://www.wholelattelove.com/Expobar/office_lever.cfm
mjackson aswered:David, It is a great machine it can not brew and steam at same time. It is perfect for brewing great shots. You may want to look at the Expobar Lever for a good machine with similar performance to the Salvatore.
Sanfam aswered:More often than not, a "leaking" filter basket isn't actually leaking. Rather, water coming out of this part of the machine typically stems from a poor seal between the filter basket and the group gasket. A common cause of this in most espresso machines is simply an over-filled basket. As... more
David aswered:I always wipe the bottom side of the brew group and in the grove where the seal is. This prevents accumulation of coffee grounds that can cause a bad seal, damage the gasket, and lead to early gasket failure.
A aswered:Al, Yes, you can use the machine just for steaming/frothing. There is no need to use the brewing feature to use the frothing feature. Just turn the machine on like you normally would, press the steam switch to heat to steam temperature, wait for it to show ready and froth away!
techkathy aswered:Vlad, If you use the machine daily I would recommend back flushing once every 2 weeks. You should use the detergent each time you back flush. You only need a small amount of the detergent. A teaspoon is enough.
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