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Rancilio Espresso Machines

Rancilio is a very high-end espresso machine producer who is also very well known for their burr grinders. Unlike many espresso makers, these guys sell commercial machines as well as home machines.

Some of their home machines have parts that are used in their commercial machines making them, it is thought, a little higher quality than some of your other machines on the market today.

But of course, that higher quality comes at a cost. Specifically; that cost is a higher price tag!

The Company

Rancilio was started around 1927 in Parabiago, Italy. They started out making steam powered espresso makers but slowly switched to pump powered machines over time as the technology became more evolved. The company has hired special designers throughout the course of it's lifetime to revamp the design and style of their machines from time to time.

Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
In America, the company is most known for its Silvia line of espresso machines which start at around $650 dollars. Some people suggest that the machine is a little complicated, while others say that it's a piece of cake to use. That's the only complaint I've ever heard about it. Almost everyone goes on and on about the quality of espresso the machine makes (though you might want to throw out the first shot!).

Along with the Silvia line, the company also makes the Epoca line of semi-automatic machines that can cost anywhere from $2,000 on up. The reason it's so expensive is because it incorporates several features of a commercial machine that I won't go into detail here (but check the review below if you're really interested).

Rancilio Epoca Espresso Machine

The Epoca machines are really built with the prosumer in mind (a prosumer is a consumer that's really really into their espresso!). If you're a casual espresso drinker then this machine is probably overkill for you. But if you've got money to spare, then I do recommend you look into them.

As I mentioned, Rancilio also sells a line of commercial espresso machines called the Classe line. These start around $7,000 and can quickly jump up to $11,000 or more! They also weigh over a hundred pounds and unless you own a restaurant or coffee shop, there's no reason for you to even know these machines exist!

Lastly, I wanted to quickly mention their line of Burr Grinders, named Rocky. Brace yourself...they start at around $350. Sure you can run to walmart and buy a grinder for $20, but if you want the best then the Rancilio Rocky Burr Grinders are the way to go.

Rancilio Rocky Burr Grinder
Before you write me off as a complete lunatic, hear me out! Yes $350 is an insane amount of money for a simple grinder, but how you grind your coffee beans does make a difference in the taste of your espresso. If you drink a lot of espresso and want it to be perfect every time, then seriously consider buying a high quality burr grinder. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

So what's the bottom line? Rancilio is not what I would call a "beginners" espresso machine, but if you love espresso and want a very high quality home machine then the Silvia may be exactly what you're looking for. You really can't go wrong with Rancilio.

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