[Homeroast] Silvia n00b: tips and tricks?

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Sat Mar 26 18:07:41 CDT 2011

Silvia can deliver great shots but she is a demanding mistress. First she
must be thoroughly cleaned. Use sour salt for build up in boiler and cafiza
for the rest. Then practice practice. Check archives for correct cleaning

On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 3:30 PM, Scot Murphy <deppitybob at comcast.net> wrote:

> I recently picked up a Rancilio Silvia off eBay and it seems to work fine,
> but I'm having trouble getting used to it. For one, it's not an auto-fill
> machine, so I have to figure out how to get it to fill the boiler between
> shots/steaming. I also can't seem to get the steam power I really need out
> of it. Worst is that I can't seem to get a non-sour shot out of it. Usually,
> isn't a sour shot the sign of underheated water? I get this no matter what
> grind I use.
> What is the best website for teaching the n00b how to manage the Silvia?
> Scot "my cold cafe au lait was supposed to be a latte" Murphy
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