There are some people The story of their first car, a very memorable bucket of a bolt that took them through high school, to colleges across the country, and to their first real job interview. I don’t drive, so I had an espresso machine. He saw me in high school, college and beyond. I will also say that he brought me much more joy than grief, but it was close.
It was a Starbucks-branded single-boiler espresso machine, just like it. It was a simple, straightforward design, but many plastic parts that burst as they age. Still, the slim, classic design makes it a great choice for espresso at home. Ransilio Sylvia Pro is the spiritual successor of that machine. There are many similarities between them, but Ransilio also offers a professional-grade espresso that surpasses even some of the most expensive machines on the market.
Ghosts on the machine
When I saw Ransilio Sylvia Pro in the background of a YouTube video, my jaw dropped. I paused the video and scrolled back a few years through my photos. It was there. This mystery machine looked like a modern refresh of my favorite and long-dead single-boiler espresso machine. It wasn’t until a few months later, when I was unboxing Sylvia Pro, a dual-boiler machine, that I realized how deep the similarity was.
Frankly, my old fiduciary has a beautiful quality design and made for a high end espresso machine from the middle. It’s far from unique, but it’s a design that has gone out of style over the past decade and favors more cafe-style espresso machines like the Bravilla Barista Pro.
The profile is beautiful and slender. It fits well in a small apartment countertop without taking up too much space. Unfortunately the foot marks my countertop whenever I move it. This is partly because they slide and slide whenever I put the portfilter back in place, unless I fix the machine with my free hand. While this is not a big deal, and it is a problem that Sylvia Pro shares with this approximate size and weight of almost every other espresso machine.
This is an attractive, black and stainless steel espresso machine with a professional-grade steam pump. At your counter, it is low but strong. It feels like a panther that shakes – and when you turn it over, it even roars like one because it removes the water and heats it up.
The front buttons are all mechanical buttons or switches: a power switch, a manual brew switch, one for steam heating and another for hot water. It has a small LCD display to adjust the temperature and that’s it. Sylvia Pro removes everything except the essentials, so there is nothing between you and the perfect extraction except you. It’s kind of scary. Every time I pulled a water shot, because it was My crush Or My tamp Was off, because the machine did something wrong. This is true of all manual espresso machines, but here Spartan design and expert engineering only emphasize it.
My old machine has taught me a lot about how to make great coffee in the face of adversity. Does this shot taste ridiculous because the grind is a bit off, or I have to rub the rubber tubing inside Again? Is this taste burning because of my beans, or is something weird going on with the portfilter? Making coffee with that old machine was a bit of a minefield, but it taught me a lot.
That’s why I can appreciate Sylvia Pro’s expert engineer. I know what it looks like when this simple design machine is giving me a hard time, or when it is throwing errors. At first, I did some poor drainage and learned a few of Sylvia’s jokes. The portfilter was a bit shallower than I used, so make sure you don’t overfill or over-tamp. It is easy to loosen or tighten the filter when locking, so make sure you are not pulling too tightly. Apply enough force to bring the portfilter back to its starting position, pointing directly at you – don’t try to muscle it as hard as you would or you’ll end up with a thin, bitter shot.