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Rancillio Silvia Espresso Maker Review!!

Makes great espresso and offers plenty of control over the brewing process.

December 09, 2011
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Usability Overview

The Rancilio Silvia is not an easy machine to use; it requires practice and thought.

Cleaning & Maintenance

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The Rancilio Silvia requires regular cleaning; you have to clean out the filter after every use, and wipe the hot milk off the steam wand as well. Neither process takes a long time, but it does involve more work than the fully automatic espresso makers. You also have to keep the water reservoir filled, but that is less of a problem as it is so large.

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Customization

Although there are few controls on this machine, you can customize it. The dial of the steam wand allows you to regulate the steam and hot water flow, and the manufacturers provide instructions for the serious user who wants to open the machine up and increase the pressure in the boiler. There is also a thriving community of people who hack their Silivas, adding new temperature controllers and other features.

Other Features

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Hot Water - The Silvia can dispense hot water as well as steam from the steam wand.

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Sections

  1. Page
  2. Design
  3. Performance
  4. Usability
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  8. Conclusion
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