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The first Rancilio Silvia left the factory in 1997. In the two-plus decades since, little has changed about the humble domestic espresso machine, which can still be recognised for its sleek and simple silver exterior. According to Paul O’Brien, Area Manager – Australasia for Rancilio, that’s because nothing had to.

“We’ve sold hundreds of thousands of Silvias, and they’ve gained a reputation for reliability. I was speaking to a guy yesterday who has had his Silvia for 16 years,” Paul says.

“The Silvia is all about unfussed simplicity and has grown a cult following globally. If you took the first version from 1997 and compared it to the latest

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