Summary: The beauty of the Silvia is in its simplicity. Works great stock, but because it's so simple you can easily mod it and make it better. Pids, pressure gauges, pumps. Plus, because the Silvia is so popular it has been endlessly documented online, making mods even easier.
Summary: This is he benchmark machine to compare others to for home use. Sturdy , well built, serviceable, trustworthy...and finicky. You need a top of the line grinder to get the espresso out, but the result is very very good espresso coffee.
Summary: My morning coffee is now better than a trip to the local coffee house. It does take a bit more maintenance than a regular coffee maker, but it is not that big a deal, and it is definitely worth it. Yes, it is pricey, but it supposedly lasts a long time and it'll pay for itself in a few months. To those who say it's finicky, get one brand of coffee, get your grind right, and stick with it. After a month of great espresso whenever I want it, I am definitely a believer.
Summary: Great machine once you get grind dialed in and the warm up - pull shot - steam milk process down. There are plenty of great sites on the web to help you get this nailed down. Great machine, so glad I bought it!
Summary: What a well built machine, I am looking forward to many years of use. The espresso shots are already much better than my old machine and I still have to learn the finer aspects of using this machine. I have only been using it for a week now and i feel this was a great purchase. I don't think I will ever have to invest in another machine again.
Great value, high quality, commercial quality in a home espresso machine
4 May 2012
Summary: I ran an espresso cafe for 5 years and have lots of experience with commercial espresso machines. The Rancilio Silvia is the high end of the single boiler espresso machines with a 58mm group head. It has been the standard for many years and its because Rancilio, maker of commercial machines put together a model for the home user. So it is a higher quality than the regular home espresso machine.
Summary: Silvia is pretty awesome... Great espresso and nicely made machine. Youtube makes this machine even easier to use. Folks out there guiding that at home barista on how to temp surf etc... If you're a busy body around the kitchen and like coffee, you gotta go for pulling your own espresso shots. It's fun and kinda makes a neat ritual for you.