We now supply Rancilio Commercial Espresso Machines! The machines have been manufactured in Italy since 1927. We’re proud to add machines with such heritage to our range and we’re sure our customers will love the machines as much as we do.
93 Years in The Coffee Industry
Rancilio was founded in 1927 by Roberto Rancilio in Parabiago, Italy. Rancilio's earliest machine was 'La Regina' – a vertical boiler machine, similar to the original Bezzera and Victoria Arduino machines and gilded 'Belle Epoque' styling.
In 1950, Rancilio released a horizontal boiler machine, the Invicta Horizzontal, showing evidence of the postwar shift toward minimalist, modern styling. The machine however, still used the same forced-steam brewing method from the early 20th century.
By 1953, Rancilio adopted lever piston technology introduced by Gaggia. In 1957, Rancilio released a model which automated the lever process, the H/L Automatica (below). The company then followed new technological trends towards continuous deliver brewing introduced by Faema in 1961. In 1965, Rancilio commissioned design work from industrial designer Marco Zanuso, beginning with the Rancilio Z8, and continuing with the Z9 in 1974. Rancilio continued with several Z-series machines, with the Z11 being the last. The S-series machine would become popular in the 1990s.
In 1997, Rancilio created an espresso machine for the home, based on their commercial espresso machines. This was initially only available as a thank-you gift to importers and vendors of Rancilio's commercial-grade espresso machines. This machine was later sold to consumers as the Silvia. The Silvia is a one group machine with a vibratory pump and a single brass boiler that's controlled by three thermostats for both steam and hot water.
In 2001, Rancilio revamped their line-up, introducing the basic Epoca, and the Classe series. In 2011, they introduced a new advanced brewing system for the Classe 9 called Xcelsius, which gives precise control of water temperature during the brewing cycle.
Rancilio subsequently purchased the Swiss Egro brand of super-automatic machines and have built a presence in that market with their Egro One.
Take a look at our range of Rancilio Commercial Espresso Machines here.