Welcome to the first ever 'Rancilio Fan Site' on the Net! Back in late 1998 when I first got my Rancilio Silvia, I couldn't find any website online dedicated to this machine, I decided to create one, the result of which you see here.
Note, I no longer own a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine or a Rancilio Rocky grinder - I moved on to more commercial grade machines (see why here). If you have questions about the Silvia or Rocky I will be happy to answer them, but please, first read through this section - the answers you seek are most likely in here already!
Rancilio is an Italian company that produces a line of commercial machines for cafes and restaurants, and also what are, in my opinion, the best home machines you can buy under $500 US dollars. In 1998 and 1999, a buzz started about the Rancilio Silvia, which was brand new to the market. That buzz continued, and this segment of the CoffeeKid site is a bit part of that continuing excitement. I'm glad to be a part of it. These machines are great.
There's a couple of things you need to know about Rancilio products:
- they are built to last;
- they aren't toys,
- they are hand built, and because of the small runs they get (small specialized machines, they are), occasionally there are production problems.
For example, in October 1999 one shipment of Silvias had a brewhead / portafilter problem that caused some leaking. Does this conflict with the first point, as in built to last? I don't think so - Silvias are like any other hand made product - each "batch" is different from the previous one, and production problems could arise. If you are unfortunate enough to get a problem Silvia, by all means send it back to the company you bought from and get a replacement unit. Most retailers (not all, unfortunately - check out the Mister Cappuccino Saga) of Rancilio products are fantastic at what they do, and only want you, the customer, to be happy.
Take a look at what we have for you in this part of the CoffeeKid site: