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  1. #1
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    New Machine to me. What are your thoughts on this Rancilio Machine ??

    Im new to the coffee game. Got this unit at a smoking deal. Curious about all your thoughts on this particular machine.


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    Hello Aboa 13,

    It would be helpful if you could tell us what Rancilio model it is.

    I hope your smoking-good deal turns out to be a good one and that you'll get lots of good use out of your "new to you" machine.

    ~ Rose
    Last edited by PinkRose; 02-01-2020 at 01:34 PM.

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    That's a V1 (Version) Silvia, which is a great single boiler/double use machine. Simple/solid workhorse that can give you great espresso, just have to dial in the temperature/pressure with a bit of experimenting. I've had one for a little over 3 yrs and have cranked out around 6,000 doubles with it. Not long ago I replaced quite a few parts in it... not from failure, just preventive maintenance as I use it quite a bit. Get it dialed in with a capable grinder, FRESH coffee, balanced water and some time/effort/patience and it will return the favor in spades.

    Will likely benefit from a descale process as well as backflushing. I do highly recommend not using the stock basket(s) as they are a joke. The updated Rancilio 18 gram basket really brings it to life. Also toss that lame plastic joke of a tamper. You don't need to spend much as I've used a fantastic solid stainless 58.0 mm tamper I got on Amazon for $20.
    Last edited by shadow745; 02-01-2020 at 03:09 PM.
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    Have to agree with everything said above by Shadow 745, I would also get the newer model 18G basket. It is a precision part. The Silvia needs to be brought up to temperature which can take 20 minutes or more. You can cycle through the warm-up period by pumping a few ounces three times or so. The Silvia will give you years of service and parts are readily available. Make sure your grinder is up to snuff and "choke off" with a powdery grind so the espresso so barely a drip comes out and then go coarser until you get a properly timed extraction. Some of the newer digital machines can produce amazing espresso for a few months... until they fail. The Silvia keeps on ticking when well-loved.

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    Nice machine. Also agree with Shadow745 and Franklin. Those machines run about $740 new. And they have a loyal following. Get it all cleaned up as recommended and you should be in business.
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