Congratulations on your new Rancilio Silvia Pro X! In this setup guide, you should find everything you need to set up and operate your dual boiler espresso machine.
Please read through the entirety of the setup guide before following along. If you have any questions, contact our team at Clive Coffee. Additional information can be found in the Rancilio Pro X User Manual.
Step One: Inspect the Box and the Machine for Damage
- Remove the machine from the box and place it on a stable, level surface.
- Before turning on the machine, inspect for damage that may have occurred during shipping. If you notice any damage, contact us immediately.
Please note that it is normal for a small amount of water to be on the machine when it arrives. It is also normal for the portafilter to not fit perfectly at 90 degrees!
- Save all packaging as this is needed for returns and repairs.
Step Two: Water Quality and Filling your Reservoir
- Before introducing water to your machine, it's important to test it to ensure it's adequately soft. Use the included water test strips from your home barista starter kit to verify the hardness of your water. To learn more about our recommendations for water quality, check out our blog post, The Importance of Water and Your Espresso Machine. Do not use distilled or Zero water in your espresso machine.
- Remove the included BWT water softener pouch from the reservoir and verify that the water intake lines are sitting at the bottom of the water tank.
- Fill your water reservoir with filtered, softened water. Unpackage and drop the BWT pouch into the water reservoir if you wish to use it. You do not need to use the filter if your water is adequately soft.
Step Three: Filling the Boilers and Turning on your Machine
- Plug in your machine and turn on the power switch. The boilers should begin filling right away, and the PID will display 15t, indicating first fill — this will take about a minute. Refill the water reservoir if needed — the PID will read h20 if required.
- Once the boilers complete filling, the brew boiler will automatically begin heating.
- To utilize the steam boiler, press the steam wand switch (the middle button on the left-hand side). When the light above the steam knob turns on and begins flashing, the steam boiler is heating— which will take a couple of minutes.
- The machine will be ready to use once the brew temperature displayed on the PID reaches 93°C (200°F), and the light above the steam knob is on and steady.
Programming your Machine:
- To program your machine, press the plus and minus buttons on the PID simultaneously and hold for about three seconds until the PID reads "t2"— this indicates you're in programming mode.
- To navigate through the settings, use the plus and minus buttons. The PID has settings t2-F.08.
- t1 — brew temperature (always displayed on PID and does not need to be in programming mode to edit)
- t2 — steam boiler temperature (max 257°F)
- F.01 — group head cleaning
- F.02 — set automatic wake-up
- F.03 — empty coffee boiler
- F.04 — empty steam boiler
- F.05 — manage automatic shut down
- F.06 — select the measurement unit for temperature (C°/F°)
- F.07 — select a mains voltage (comes as 110v)
- F.08 — program soft infusion
- To select the setting you wish to program, press the brew button (directly below the PID). To make changes to that particular setting, press plus or minus. To save, press the brew button once. Press the brew button again to exit programming mode.
- Instructions on how to utilize the functions of each setting in programming mode can be found in the user manual.
Pulling a Shot:
- Once your machine is programmed and fully heated, you're ready to begin brewing.
- If you wish to utilize soft infusion (F.08), you can set it to run up to six seconds. Before pulling a shot with soft infusion, activate the flush feature by holding the brew button down for a couple of seconds until an F displays on the PID and the machine begins automatically flushing. The flush is necessary for fully saturating the group head before pulling a shot.
- For help dialing in your equipment or pulling shots, check out the articles below or reach out to our team of coffee experts and technicians.