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    Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

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    Hi,

    I recently bought a Rancilio Silvia coffee machine with single and double synesso baskets. I get good coffee from the double basket but the single basket the coffee hardly even comes out. I applied the same tamper pressure as the double and even tried less but in still doesnt come out...
    Please help! :)

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    Have you tried a courser grind?

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    Hello dsggti and welcome to CS.

    Good question, & not wishing to be facetious but why not direct the question to your retailer who did the deal, knows what they did and why, and is looking after you? *:)

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    Thundergods idea of a coarser grinder could be a solution.

    However, I also think there could be a problem with dosing. The shape of the single basket is a shallower and has a smaller end where the espresso goodness comes out.

    Hear me out - because the end is smaller, potentially, if you fill the grounded espresso to the brim, there are lesser gaps during tamping. When you fit the portafilter back to the grouphead, you will tend to have more difficulty locking it in because there was lesser room created during the tamp. Because of the additional force you apply when locking the portafilter to the grouphead, you would most likely apply further pressure to an already-tamped coffee ground.

    The single basket has always been a problem for me since Day 1; which is why I gave up and relented to Skinny Doppio Flatwhite every morning.

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    threw my single basket in the bin when I unpacked my machine ;)

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by 564354545F5C505F310 link=1293592780/4#4 date=1293609384
    threw my single basket in the bin when I unpacked my machine ;)

    That was extravagant of you, I kept mine but never used it ;D

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    I too had issues with the single basket.. It did seem to be grinder setting issue. I solved the problem by using my "smaller double basket" and got myself a larger coffee cup just for me.. :)

    Has anyone had similar problems or other solutions??

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    Hello dsggti.

    I think the forum would be very interested to know what feedback you received from your retailer on this?

    Could you let us know please? :)

    Regardz,
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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    Yeah definitely. Any news?

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    I am glad I am not the only one with this problem. I dont want to change grinder setting as I usually make 2 shots.

    Have tried underfilling the single shot basket but I either get it too full and cant lock it in, or too empty and it is weak and horrible.

    Even if I throw out one shot from the double I still come out ahead as I usually throw out 2 or 3 before I get a single to come even close.

    Are there any alternative single shot baskets available?


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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    I have the supplied single and double; I found I just could not get a decent shot from the single, and the double was just a bit not enough capacity, so I got the Synesso double and it stays on the portafiller. If I need a single for someone who wants a less strong shot, I stop the flow a bit earlier. Foolproof so far.

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    Re: Rancilio Silvia Single Basket Problem

    I dont think the Silvia is alone on this, my Lelit has simular issues with a single basket.

    For me though 99% of what I pour is single flat whites for myself, so I had to find something to make it work, not big on wasting coffee.



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