Some people have The story about their first car, a bucket of memorable bolts that took them to high school, across the country to college, and their first real job interview. I don’t drive, so I have an espresso machine. She saw me spend my time in high school, college and beyond. I also want to say that she brought me more happiness than sadness, but it was very close.
This is a Starbucks brand single pot espresso machine, such as this. It has a simple and clear design, but there are many plastic parts that will break with aging. Nevertheless, the slim, classic design makes it an excellent choice for home espresso. Rancilio Silvia Pro is the spiritual successor of this machine. They have a lot in common, but Rancilio’s professional-grade espresso is even better than some of the most expensive coffee machines on the market.
Ghost in the machine
When I saw Rancilio Silvia Pro in the background of the YouTube video, my jaw dropped. I paused the video and scrolled through my photos for a few years. Right there. This mysterious machine looks like a modern update of my beloved, long-dead single pot espresso machine. It wasn’t until a few months later, when I opened the box of the Silvia Pro dual-boiler machine, that I realized how deep the similarity was.
To be clear, my old loyal supporters have adopted a very standard design and structure, which is suitable for mid-to-high-end espresso machines.It is far from unique, but its design has been outdated in the past ten years or so, replaced by a wider, more café-style espresso machine, such as Breville Barista Pro.
The outline is nice and narrow. It is very suitable to be placed on the countertop of a small apartment without taking up too much space. Unfortunately, whenever I move it, my feet mark my countertop. This is partly because whenever I pull the filters back in place, they will slide and slide unless I use my free hand to stabilize the machine. However, this is not a big deal, this is a problem that Silvia Pro shares with almost all other espresso machines of similar size and weight.
This is an eye-catching black stainless steel espresso machine with a professional steam pump. On your counter, it is low-key but powerful. It looks like a black panther preparing to attack-when you open it, it will even growl like one because it absorbs water and heats it up.
The buttons on the front are all mechanical buttons or switches: a power switch, a manual brewing switch, one for heating steam, and the other for hot water. There is a small LCD display for adjusting the temperature, nothing more. Silvia Pro removes everything except the basic elements, so there is only you between you and Perfect Extraction. In a way, this is daunting.Every time I pull a watery lens, it’s because My grinding or My tamping It was closed, not because the machine had something wrong with it. This is true for all manual espresso machines, but the simple design and professional engineering here just emphasize this point.
My old machine taught me a lot about how to make good coffee with high probability.Is the smell of this lens interesting, because the grinding is a bit wrong, or because I need to scrub the rubber tube inside again? Is this smell because my beans are burnt, or because something strange happened to the filter? Making coffee with that old machine is a bit like a minefield, but it taught me a lot.
This is why I can appreciate the professional engineering of Silvia Pro. I know what it looks like when a machine with this universal design causes me difficulties, or when it throws an error. Earlier, I had some bad extractions and learned about some of Silvia’s quirks. The handle is a little shallower than I am used to, so please make sure not to overfill or press too heavily. When you lock the filter, it is easy to over-tighten or over-tighten it, so make sure not to pull it too tightly. Use just enough force to restore the filter to its starting position and point it straight at you-don’t try to pull it as tight as possible or you will end up with a thin and bitter lens.