Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine - V3, pod-capable
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine - V3, pod-capable
Our Silvia's now have a
plastic guide around the steam wand knob so the metal body does not cut into the knob.
Over Pressure valve (OPV) is now adjustable on our Silvia's. You can adjust the amount of excess water pressure by bringing out the OPV and tightening the nut. We recommend doing this with the V512 pressure gauge. To avoid burning oneself, our Silvia's are equipped with a
rubber protector on the steam wand. Same reliable
internal components of the Rialto/Audrey.
Boiler, grouphead, steam nozzle, steam valve, and chrome filter holder constructed of press forged marine brass. Three thermostats -
coffee, steam, & safety - unlike many other espresso machines which just have two thermostats! Please note the coffee thermostat is not adjustable - this means that if you want to change the temperature of the machine, you will need to change to a higher temeprature thermostat.
Three way solenoid valve opens after you depress the coffee switch to stop brewing. It allows the excess water pressure in the grouphead and portafilter to exit to the drip tray. This is why you may sometimes find water in the drip tray after brewing. Powerful 41 watt electro-magnetic
Ulka pump. Visible heating light for brewing and steaming.
Separate switch for hot water supply. Steam knob needs to be in the open position for water to come out of steam wand.
Body and control panel made of beautiful satin stainless steel finish which is easy to clean and mounted on a strong, iron frame.
Accessories: chrome-plated, commercial-sized portafilter, 1-cup and 2-cup filter baskets, coffee measure scoop, and coffee tamper.
Rancilio instructions in English now included by Rancilio S.P.A.
Measurements: 13 5/8 inches H x 9 1/2 inches W x11 3/8 inches D.
Boiler capacity: 10.5 ounces max (our figure may seem lower than reviewed elsewhere, but we take into consideration the displacement of water by the existence of the heating element). Without the heating element, the boiler capacity is about 12 ounces.
Power supply: 1100 watts max, 120 volts, 60 hertz.
Removable water tank capacity: 67 ounce (two liter) approximate; there is 10 inch clearance to remove water tank from unit. The reservoir has two hoses - the longer is for intake of the water into the boiler and the shorter is for the overpressure valve. Only the longer hose needs to be submerged.
800W Heating Element - When bench testing this unit, we were surprised of the performance of this powerful 800 watt heating element (800 watts is the correct wattage for all 110V United States units, and 1100 watts is the correct wattage for the 230V European units.) Rancilio sales literature, which was intended for the European market, does not state the wattage for the 110V units, but the actual units do).
Silvia's no longer have the 3-Hole Tip. Rancilio has done away with them and will not be making the tips separately either. They said their testing revealed that the 1-hole tip performs better given the boiler size.
To make satisfactory espresso, this unit should be warmed up with the portafilter handle in the head for at least 20 minutes.
Some Rancilio Miss Silvia espresso machines "may" have a white film on the drip tray that can be peeled off upon arrival.
Awareness statement: Many folks have purchased this espresso machine due to its popularity on the Internet. Just because it is popular does not mean it is for everyone. Keep in mind, espresso extraction is like cooking - meaning proper technique, ingredients, and tools are required. If your fondness is for exceptional espresso, you will not achieve it on the Rancilio Silvia without a very good grinder (generally costs $200 or more in price) or with pre-ground coffee. The Silvia is not only particular in the grind fineness, but also the consistency of the fine grind that is placed into the filter basket. Although Rancilio manufacturers a quality product, Rancilio requires the retailer or distributor to handle the warranty repair. Therefore, when shopping competitively, you should ask who will be handling the warranty work on your machine (is it a third unknown party or an internet only company with less than 10 years experience?), Ask how long they have been providing service on espresso machines, and look on their web site for parts availability!
We name the current Silvia V3 because this is our way to determine our Silvia customers who have a different grouphead and boiler type when compared to the original version of the Silvia prior to 2007. We learned our lesson this time when Rancilio changed the boiler in 2001 - it became very difficult to track custoemrs with a different boilers.
Many prospective buyers of the Silvia read a lot of information about it online - only to get scared that it is considered 'finicky'. Finicky can be described to two elements - grind fineness and temperature. If the grind is not right, the Silvia will produce a bad espresso - even when this grind works on other machines. Ths is why we made the statement above about purchasing a good quality grinder. With regards to the temperature, the Rancilio Miss Silvia needs to be heated properly as it has a lot of brass. All this brass makes it more temperature stable than machines with aluminum or stainless steel boilers. However, there are posts around the Internet that state it is not as stable. Please note that these claims are based on comparisons to higher priced machines which are more stable or to units that have PID controllers. If this was not true, then 1st-line Equipment would have never sold thousands of Rancilio Silvias over the last 9 years (written on March 8, 2008). 1st-line Equipment recommends cleaning and descaling the Rancilio Silvia at least once every month in order to keep it in optimal working condition.
The safety thermostat on the Rancilio Silvia will NOT automatically shut off the machine if it is accidentally left on for long periods of time. The thermostat was designed to protect the machine from exploding or melting down. Turn off the machine when not in use in order to avoid damaging the boiler.
PID (Proportional, Integral, Derivative) is currently not an option at 1st-line Equipment. The reason is due to product liability in the event that the PID fails or causes damage. We recommend that you purchase the PID aftermarket. However, you should inquire aftermarket vendors about product liability insurance.
If you experience any leaks with your steam wand you may need to replace the gasket and o-rings.
Visit this page for technical support and the parts you will need. if you have a Version 2 or older Silvia and are in need of a new steam tip, please note that Rancilio does not sell the single hole tip as an individual item. You would need to buy the
entire version 2 steam wand or upgrade to the version 3 steam wand. In these cases, we do offer our own customized 3 hole tips in chromed brass and brass.
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