Espresso Hack – How to Add PID to Racilio Silvia Espresso Maker!

I used to work on PIDs, proportional–integral–derivative controllers, which is basically a math equation used for microcontrollers to control industrial devices that need real-time temperature control.

PID takes in sensor inputs to control the temperature of something. (or can be applied to anything that needs real-time adjustments)

You can actually make a PID device yourself by using a microcontroller and applying the equation. But that gets hairy so I won’t get into that here.

The point of this blog post is that you can add one of those PID controllers to your Racilio Silvia Espresso Maker for even better control of the espresso flavor. You can buy a PID kit made for your Racilio Siliva Espresso here and some great insights into installation over at instructables.

PIDs aren’t rocket science and if you are already an accomplished hacker/programmer, you might be able to save a ton of money by building this from scratch yourself. (Although it will take you lot longer…)

2 Responses to Espresso Hack – How to Add PID to Racilio Silvia Espresso Maker!

  1. brenda says:

    Ugh. PIDs are so 2002.

  2. max says:

    True but they work.

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