Rancilio Silvia V6 – IMS Competition Showerscreen Upgrade

It’s absolutely not something you should definitely go ahead and get. By all means, you can still make yourself a nice espresso with the stock shower screen from Rancilio. But then there are options – some of them look convincing enough! That’s how i ended up upgrading the shower-screen with one made by IMS. 

The IMS competition shower-screen is more durable and resistant than the stock one. It also has a high nano-quartz coating, which enhances non-stickiness of the screen, improves the water flow, allegedly increases extraction consistency and makes cleaning very easy. 

It’s recommended to use the screen with the product code RA200NT for the Rancilio Silvia. It has an external diameter of 57mm and a central hole of 5,5mm (or M5 screw size). More on the screen can be found here :

https://www.imsfiltri.com/docce/ra200nt/

Another upgrade worth considering is the screw holding the shower-screen. Some users are afraid that it may cause issues with the extraction (such as channeling). The screw imprint has in my opinion little to no impact on the extraction, but i did eventually get one of these bolts : 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/12mm-Slot-Mushroom-Machine-Screw/dp/B07PBX44Q3

The results are very pleasing. The new screw is much more gentle on the puck, leaves no imprint and the shower-screen is very clean, easy to maintain and the extractions seem to be more consistent. 

The screen itself cost me 26,99€ and the screws were £5.49. But what i actually paid for are cleaner pucks, cleaner shower screen and no imprint in the coffee puck. Well worth the effort. 

Jaroslav

I am not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Rancilio, IMS, Amazon or any of their subsidiaries. 

14 Comments

  1. Maxim
    March 31, 2021

    Hey Jaroslav, I noticed you seem to have a rubber handle from a La Marzocco Portafilter, or is it from somewhere else? I like how it looks with the Silvia. Any chance you could share a link or how you assembled/built it?
    Greetings & thanks

    Reply
    1. Jaroslav
      March 31, 2021

      Hi Maxim,

      thanks for asking! This portafilter is being sold together with Rancilio’s commercial RS1 machines exclusively. More on that here:

      https://www.ranciliogroup.com/rancilio-specialty/

      I hope that helps!

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      1. Maxim
        March 31, 2021

        Hi Jaroslav,

        Many thanks for the quick reply & info. I didn’t know that existed. Absolutely beautiful! Has me dreaming 🙂

        Also like your website and content. Looking forward to future posts !

        Take care, Maxim

        Reply
        1. Jaroslav
          March 31, 2021

          Hi Maxim,

          thank you for your recognition! The RS1 is definitely a beautiful machine – i’m a huge fan.

          Jaroslav

          Reply
  2. Stratos
    October 10, 2021

    Hello jaroslav !
    What filter basket you use for the rs1 portafilter ? And how many grams?
    Thank you very much 🙏

    Reply
    1. Jaroslav
      October 10, 2021

      Hi Stratos!

      I’m using the IMS B702TH24.5M for 16g and B702TH26.5M for 18g.

      Thanks for asking!

      Jaroslav

      Reply
  3. Marcus
    November 18, 2021

    Hey Bro,

    I also bought a few different shower screens and returned them all because it seems they dont really fit on the V6… Do you experienced the same?

    Thx!
    Marcus

    Reply
    1. Jaroslav
      November 18, 2021

      Hi Marcus,

      I haven’t had any issues with the IMS screen, it fits perfectly as I’d expect. But I’ve seen some people describe a similiar experience which is very strange.

      Thanks for asking!

      Jaroslav

      Reply
  4. Bartosz
    April 1, 2022

    Hi Jaroslav, what filter basket do you have in your Silvia?
    Would you reccomend upgrading the stock one?
    I have pretty inconsistent results with lighter roasts of coffe, same weight, same puck preparation and tamping pressure produce from 45-50g up to 70-80g of coffee. I consider changing filter, as I blame the stock one, with rounded bottom and groove, for letting some water pass by the coffee puck.

    Reply
    1. Jaroslav
      April 2, 2022

      Hi Bartosz,

      I’ve upgraded from the Silvia and don’t own it anymore, but I’ve been using IMS baskets all along. I’m still using the IMS B702TH24.5M for 16g, and B702TH26.5M for 18g doses. Both are ridged.

      If you’re using VST, you’ll need to grind finer. Some baskets are more suitable for higher flowrate.

      If you’ve bought the V6 Silvia and you’re still using the stock baskets, I’d probably start there as these are also IMS produced.

      What baskets are you using and what’s your dosage? What’s the diameter of your tamper?

      Thanks for asking!

      Jaroslav

      Reply
  5. Job
    May 30, 2022

    Hi there,

    Nice content! 🙂
    Got the Silvia since a few weeks and had a huge learningcurve already
    The bolt seems like a logical and cheap solution for the imprint I’m experiencing.
    However I also often have a ‘soggy puck’ with a thin layer of water laying on the puck as well.
    I’m using a 18gr VST basket
    Any thoughts on this?

    Regards
    Job

    Reply
    1. Jaroslav
      May 31, 2022

      Hi Job,

      Thank you! I don’t think that soggy pucks are a problem if your espresso tastes good. I understand that dry pucks look preferable, but there’s nothing wrong with soggy pucks. Barista Hustle has a nice article explaining all this:

      https://www.baristahustle.com/blog/for-a-good-puck/

      I hope this helps!

      Jaroslav

      Reply
  6. Felix Marrero
    July 10, 2022

    Hello, thanks for the great information and details!

    I see above the screw is M5, but what length did you buy/recommend?
    Thanks, Felix

    Reply
    1. Jaroslav
      August 2, 2022

      Hi Felix,

      If you click on the link I’ve mentioned above, you’ll find that it leads to the exact screw you need – M5 (5mm x 12mm).

      Good luck and thanks for asking!

      Jaroslav

      Reply

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