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Rancilio has incorporated other commercial features besides the steam wand such as the brew group. The brew group is constructed of brass that has been chrome plated, just like their commercial line of espresso machines. The chrome plated brass provided excellent heat distribution, eliminating hot spots that can occur and obstruct the flavor of your espresso. Even the switches that the Silvia uses are shared with their commercial units. With all of the commercial features built into the Silvia, you know that the machine will last for years with correct maintenance.
Detailed Product Features
Simple to Use Controls
Push the large central power button and an orange light comes on and stays on until the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine 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 in the Rancilio Silvia
The Rancilio Silvia espresso machine features a straightforward chrome plated steam wand that delivers plenty of ready steam for milk foam. In 1.5 minutes the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine will have enough milk to make the average sized latte up to temperature. Simply put, the Rancilio Silvia out performs 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 Rancilio Silvia group head evenly distributes heat and reduces “hot spots” 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 Rancilio Silvia espresso machine uses a heavy-duty chrome plated brass portafilter, which features a rugged plastic handle. The Rancilio Silvia espresso machine comes with two pressed stainless steel filter baskets (a single shot and double shot version), which both measure 58mm in diameter.
Rancilio Silvia's 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 in the Rancilio Silvia thanks to the three-way solenoid valve.
The Rancilio Silvia has a 67 oz. Water Tank
This removable water reservoir can be filled while operating or taken out and filled at the faucet.
Rancilio Silvia 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 Rancilio Silvia espresso machine 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 Rancilio Silvia espresso machine to 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 Rancilio Silvia espresso machine 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 in the Rancilio Silvia.
Cleaning & Maintenance of Components – Additional Information
In order to keep the inside of your Rancilio Silvia Espresso 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 Rancilio Silvia espresso machine requires no special plumbing or electrical outlets. Just plug it in and it's ready to operate. With purchase, the Rancilio 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.
Colors: Brushed stainless steel
Power: 1100 watts - 120 volts
Size: 13.25"H x 11.25"W x 9.25"D
Weight: 30 pounds
Body Material: Steel frame, stainless steel housing
Warranty: 12-month parts and labor
Support: Unlimited toll free technical support
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10 Years and Going Strong Review by Guest
Love this machine! Review by Guest
Easy to use. Love the big water tank. I just went to this machine from a steam driven machine - A whole different world opened up! Great smooth flavor and HOT frothy milk. (Posted on 1/31/13)
15 years + and still brewing Review by Guest
Great espresso machine. We brew 6 to 8 cups a day and love every one. After more than 15 years the Rancilio Silvia Espresso machine is still working great. Keys are high quality bur grinder (The Rocky), great coffee beans (Peet's!) and monthly cleaning of the espresso machine. Couldn't ask for more. (Posted on 3/11/09)
- Additional Information
Product Manual Name Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Color Black & Stainless, Black, Silver Drink type Cappuccino and Espresso Material Plastic and Steel Options Espresso Machines with Frothers Type Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines Brands Rancilio Home or Commercial Home Voltage (volts) 120 Wattage 1100 Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty Wattage Range 1000 - 1499 Weight (in Lbs) 35.0000