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I've tried grinds from a very fine to a coarser grind in my Rancilio Silvia, but the water is going through the portafilter/coffee too quickly. When I clean out the portafilter, there is too much dry coffee in it. I've cleaned it.

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Check the shower screen to make sure it is not damaged. Then try this get coffee ground from the store at #2, 3, 4 and 5 at least 1/4 pound each then use that to figure out what setting works best for your machine, also note the tamping pressure. Fill portafilter to rim then tamp to fill ring in basket.

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It is possible that the grind you are using is too fine and causing so much back pressure that the portafilter is moving, also possible that the group gasket installed need to be replaced, I have also seen this happen with damaged screens.

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Rancilio Silvia leaks around group head. Gasket seems fine.


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You need to change the group head gasket. They only last about 1 year and then should be changed. Get 2 because they usually fail on Friday and you have a party on Saturday.
The gaskets get hard from the heat and don't form to the filter any more so they leak.
When you get the new gasket.
Empty everything out of the machine (water tank, drip tray, etc.) Turn the machine upside down on a towel. This way you can see what your are doing.
Remove the filter screen and diffuser from the brew head. The black O-ring is your gasket. Carefully pry it out. Clean the opening good before you install the new gasket. Insert the gasket with the beveled side down (on the inside edge of the O-ring is the bevel). Once you have the gasket in place, use the portafilter to finish seating the gasket.

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Rancilio Silva - coffee lost its punch


Try backwashing the group with purocaff.
Are you using coffee ground at the store or do you grind just before use?
How fresh is the coffee less than a month or more?
If more than a month(whole beans) it is no longer useful.
If more than a 3 days(ground), that is stale also. It will be very diffucult to get good espresso from that(not impossible, but difficult).

If using store ground, it cannot be ground older than a week(coffee loses flavor and taste minutes after being ground). Try getting less coffee more often and adjust the grind setting that you use. If you have always used setting 3 on the store grinder try 2.5.
If grinding at home adjust the settings on the grinder to a slightly coarser grind and fill the portafilter slightly over the top of the basket, now tamp to the indent(fill line) in the basket. that should be sufficient to pull a great shot.

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Try taking the portafilter out and run water through it as if you were making an espresso. check if the water coming out is very fast. I believe there is a screen there that is held in by a flat screw. If you take that off you should be able to see light through it. If you can't soak it in some cleaner until you can see light through it. There could be a couple of things causing this. The other thing that comes to mind is that the boiler has to much pressure but it should say on your gauge if that is happening. You might find that it just needs a good cleaning.

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  1. check the coffe filter>> it could be teard up and leaking(check it carefuly it is hard to see sometimes)
  2. check the pressure you get from group. 7 - 9 bar pressure you should get to handle. if it is biger than check by pas valve and adjust the pressure, also check up boiler security valve(security valve for water for coffee)

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How long does it take to fill the cup?
Sounds more like too coarsely ground espresso to me. Should take about 25 seconds for 30 ml of espresso to come out ... that is normally more like a 'trickle'. If yours comes much faster, you might try grinding it finer and/or tamping more firmly.

Best regards,
Andy

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