Your search for the world's favorite home espresso bar has ended! The Rancilio Silvia M V5, along with her powerful partner, Rocky, have for years been the standard to which all other home espresso equipment is measured. The Silvia is loaded with heavy duty parts, from the all brass boiler, brew group and portafilter to her new commercial-grade steam wand, complete with 1-Hole tip. The Rancilio Silvia packs all the power to truly brew cafe quality espresso while, most importantly, giving you tremendous steam power normally reserved for machines at least twice as costly. We include the Rocky because even the best espresso machine in the world is useless without a top-notch grinder. As in the movies, Rocky is the champ and will dispense precisely and consistently ground powder to put you well on your way to espresso nirvana!
Silvia is Rancilio's semiprofessional machine. It offers excellent service to demanding connoisseurs of high quality coffee beverages, qualities for which, since 1927, the Rancilio company has been known and appreciated around the world. From the compact bottom footprint to the extra hot cup warmer on top, the name of the game is metal with this machine. Even the drip tray is stainless steel. Inside the Silvia's stainless steel body is a cast iron frame that houses a massive, 12 oz brass boiler for ultimate corrosion resistance. The Rancilio Silvia is loaded with professional features such as its commercial group head and portafilter and 3-way solenoid pressure relief valve. The Silvia has more steam power than any home unit in its price range.
The Rocky grinder weighs in at 18 lbs. The exterior is comprised of polished stainless steel with rugged tinted 10 oz plastic bean hoppers. Given the unit's weight, there is no concern that a portafilter will tilt the machine. In addition, the grinder is a "direct drive" unit, which means that the motor's shaft is directly connected to the 50 mm burr plates. No plastic wheels turning this machine, just classic professional components, including a safety thermal fuse shut-off feature. The Doser model doses out ground coffee directly into your portafilter with the pull of a lever. The portafilter fits perfectly into the holding fork, and a carefully crafted dispensing wheel ensures no wasted grounds. The Doserless model is ideal for those who want to take advantage of the Rocky's 55 different fineness settings, not just the impressive range made for espresso machines. Grind directly into a grounds container, filter, or portafilter.
The Rancilio base, composed entirely of stainless steel, measures 19" Long x 13-1/2" Wide x 2-1/8" Tall. The extra 2-1/8 inches are ideal for accommodating 20 oz pitchers under the steam wand. In addition, the base comes with two drawers for extra storage. The base fits both the Silvia and either Rocky grinder. This package comes with One Rancilio Silvia, One Rancilio Rocky, and One Rancilio Base.
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In order to keep the inside of your machine in ultimate functioning order, 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. In addition, coffee oil build-up behind the shower screen (the part of the machine that comes into contact with the coffee grounds in the portafilter) can restrict the flow of water into the portafilter. This results in an uneven brew with insufficient pressure. By descaling your machine every month and cleaning it every other week (assuming you brew one to three shots of espresso per day), your machine will be trouble-free for years. We recommend a product like Urnex Dezcal for monthly descaling, and Urnex Cafiza for coffee-oil and scale cleaning semimonthly.
The Rancilio Silvia M V5 is warranted against defects in parts and workmanship for 2 years with J.L. Hufford. This service contract includes free labor at J.L. Hufford's service facility and covers internal parts excluding replaceable parts such as the group head gasket, portafilter basket, and shower screen. Any damage resulting from abuse, misuse, mishandling, lack of maintenance, or catastrophe will not be covered. This includes damage to the boiler heating element, which only happens when a user does not ensure the boiler is fully charged with water upon startup or after steaming. This warranty applies only for household use in the United States. Commercial use will void the warranty. J.L. Hufford will pay for shipping after warranty service is complete to the contiguous 48 states only, extra shipping charges will apply for Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico. As with any new espresso machine we sell, the Rancilio Silvia is backed by J.L. Hufford's 30 Day Satisfaction Policy.
This espresso machine and grinder were recommended to us by a relative. It makes a great cup of espresso! A bit of patience is needed initially to go through some steps to prepare the machine and figure out the correct grind, but then you are rewarded!