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mamabean
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 8:47am
Subject: Rocky or Preciso?
 

Hi!

First time posting in this community.

I'm about to upgrade my espresso machine and grinder but am undecided on the grinder.

I've decided to go with a Silvia machine and thought the natural match would be a Rocky but a few of the posts I've read are making me think the Preciso is a better choice. I hope to still be able to make some French press coffee, but espresso would be my primary delight.

Thanks for your wisdom and insight :)
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dyqik
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 9:02am
Subject: Re: Rocky or Preciso?
 

I think the considered opinion will be that the Vario is better than both for espresso, and good for FP, if you can stretch to a refurb.  Then the Rocky is better for longevity/robustness, and the Preciso is cheaper (particularly a refurb) and better for grind quality and much better for control (particularly for both FP and espresso in one unit).  I think the recent updates to the Preciso have improved the robustness a bit though.

However, all of these are general purpose grinders - if you want a grinder purely for espresso (i.e. your current grinder is good for FP), then a dedicated espresso grinder might be a better bet alongside whatever you currently have.
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:04am
Subject: Re: Rocky or Preciso?
 

dyqik Said:

...if you want a grinder purely for espresso (i.e. your current grinder is good for FP), then a dedicated espresso grinder might be a better bet alongside whatever you currently have.

Posted February 14, 2013 link

what he said!  Why get rid of your current grinder, if it's suitable for FP? ...just get a good espresso grinder.  What grinder do you have?

oh...and...welcome to CG!

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mamabean
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 1:35pm
Subject: Re: Rocky or Preciso?
 

emradguy Said:

what he said!  Why get rid of your current grinder, if it's suitable for FP? ...just get a good espresso grinder.  What grinder do you have?

oh...and...welcome to CG!

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Thanks for the welcome!

Well my current grinder is a P.O.S with hardly any grind consistency and it creates such a mess I can't stand using it. It has to go. I would LOVE to get the vario but budget restrictions are holding me back for now. I really need to decide btw the Rocky and Preciso since seattle coffee gear has a bundle deal and the Preciso package is $140 cheaper as well, another reason why I'm strongly leaning towards that one now.
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 2:18pm
Subject: Re: Rocky or Preciso?
 

Rocky...bt,dt! I take a Preciso over it any day of the week

 
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mamabean
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 2:49pm
Subject: Re: Rocky or Preciso?
 

emradguy Said:

Rocky...bt,dt! I take a Preciso over it any day of the week

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Lol! Okay good to know :)
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Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:18pm
Subject: Re: Rocky or Preciso?
 

mamabean Said:

Rocky or Preciso?

Posted February 14, 2013 link

As with many recent threads asking about the Rocky: Definitely not the Rocky.
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hollyan
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:26am
Subject: Re: Rocky or Preciso?
 

I agree- no on the Rocky. I've pulled some shots on a Silvia with the Preciso with great success. That's the way I'd go, especially considering the price difference. Good luck, and have fun!
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mamabean
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:59am
Subject: Re: Rocky or Preciso?
 

Thanks all for your help! I've ordered the preciso and should be expecting it tomorrow.
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