Posted Tue Mar 29, 2011, 4:11pm Subject: Racilio Rocky vs. Baratza Virtuoso
So about a week ago I got my Rancilio Rocky in the mail. Brand new everything, right from the factory. I dialed it in on a setting of 3, and it pulled shots okay at that setting.
I've had a Baratza Virtuoso for several years, and it wasn't up to the task of grinding for espresso. So I contacted Baratza, and after some tech talk, we came to an agreement it was the gearbox not working right. They sent a complete new gearbox, even with new bottom burr. I get the gearbox in the mail, install it, set it to 10, and pulled a shot and it choked my machine. Choked it hard, too. Nothing came out.
So.. does this mean the Virtuoso, with a new style gearbox, can out-perform a brand new Rocky? A setting of 10 on the Virtuoso looks like a turkish grind, almost pure powder, while a setting of 1 on the Rocky can't even choke my espresso machine.
This just doesn't make any sense. Especially considering a new Virtuoso is $200, and a new Rocky is $350.
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