Rancilio coffee machines reviews
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Rancilio Silvia Review
A Rancilio coffee machines reviews great for experienced baristas, but it will leave most newcomers frustrated
The Rancilio Silvia is very much like a professional-level espresso machine, both in terms of its quality and the amount of skill that is required to use it effectively. It allows you, and in most instances forces you, to customize every aspect of the espresso-making process, from grind size to shot length.
This customization is great if you’ve already pulled hundreds of shots and want to tinker around to try and find the best flavor, and for that application, this is one of our top recommendations. However, this model may overwhelm a newcomer and could sour your espresso experience.
The Rancilio Silvia is among our top choices for experienced baristas, as it puts a great amount of control in the user’s hands. However, the lack of user-friendliness for those that are new to the nuances of espresso is something to consider and the main reason this machine didn’t score higher overall.
The Silvia also does not include a grinder, so you’ll have to contend with that before you’re able to make drinks. Generic coffee grinders generally cannot produce a fine enough grind for espresso, so you’ll have to get a grinder that is meant for making espresso.
The Silvia produced some of the best espresso in our testing, equaling the quality of some of our award winners. When used by one of our experienced testers it produced a rich, strong shot with great flavor and just a hint of sweetness. If you tasted a shot from this machine and a shot from a coffee shop side by side, we doubt you’d be able to tell the difference. The steam wand is also high quality and makes great-tasting steamed and frothed milk.
Ease of Use
The Silvia was the least user-friendly model we tested. We definitely would not recommend this machine to beginners, as the learning curve will likely be steep enough to cause a good amount of frustration unless you have a patient coffee pro buddy that’s willing to teach you.
The Rancilio coffee machines reviews controls all have somewhat arcane symbols instead of clear labels, and there is no pressure gauge to give you an idea if your grind size and tamping pressure are on target. That’s not to say it’s unusable, it just requires a good amount of skill to operate effectively. That said, when used well, the results are spectacular.
The Silvia was also one of our least favorite models to clean. You must clean out the portafilter and wipe off the steam wand after every use, like all semi-automatic machines. Where it gets a bit more annoying is the drip tray. It is quite shallow and offers no indication of when it is full, which can result in some surprise flooding. We ended up emptying the tray after almost every shot just to avoid any mess. The descaling process also took a full hour, which was much longer than any other machine. Plus, there were no included descaling instructions, so we had to find a tutorial online.
The steam wand on the Silvia is professional grade. It can make thick, luscious foam and creamy, microfoamed steamed milk. Though it takes a bit of practice it can make a latte that will make a trip to the coffee shop unnecessary.
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