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Rocket Cellini Evoluzione - Jim E's Review
Posted: January 30, 2011, 3:05pm
review rating: 8.7
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Rocket Cellini Evoluzione
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Smasha Smiley 10.00
Jim E 8.67
C P 4.25

Previous Review  
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Rocket Espresso Quality: 10
Average Price: $2,100.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $2,100.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: idrinkcoffee.com Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: QM Anita
Bottom Line: THE Bomb!
Positive Product Points

- Rotary Pump
- Non-compression steam arm valve
- Sirai P-stat
- External pump Adj - control OPV
- Dual pressure gauges
- No-burn steam arm
- Plumb-in/reservoir option

Negative Product Points

Still looking...ah!  Drip tray too small.

Detailed Commentary

History:  Used Silvia for two years; upgraded to Anita.  Used Anita 5 yrs; now upgraded to this.  I upgraded mainly because I wanted a rotary pump, plumb-in option, and non-compression valves.  I did not upgrade hoping I would get better espresso; rather, that I was getting a machine with better components, and hopefully better longevity.  All I can say is holy cow Batman.  I was able to start off with great pulls (almost identical to Anita - perhaps a bit more intense in flavors).  But what I love - these non-compression valves!  I only make caps (hence my choice for HX vs DB), and use the steam knob daily.  What an incredibly nicer feel and quality component.  And I also love the no-burn steam arm!  Just wipe the milk off with some water and my fingers/damp rag and dry.  I don't know if my Anita had devloped scale that compromised it's steaming ability or what, but Cellini blows the doors off Anita when it comes to steaming - even when set just at 1 bar from the factory.  The rotary pump - reason I wanted one is because when I descale/backflush/etc., I no longer have to worry about duty cycle, or perhaps that I'm trading off longevity of the vibe pump with needed cleaning/maintenance.  I needed to increase the brew pressure, and started to take the machine apart, remembering the drill with the Anita.  Then I remembered rotaries were different; I looked at the Bella Barista Cellini  review, and to my delight - the OPV adjustment is EXTERNAL and is so freakin easy a caveman can do it!  Speaking of which, see the outstanding BB Giotto/Cellini Evoluzione review here:

Click Here (www.bellabarista.co.uk)

I can't compare this unit to a DB, so please understand my glowing review is based on my experience with HX only.  If I was only pursuing the perfection of straight shots - I would have opted for a DB.  I also rated this an "8" for cost vs value, only because a few of the things I love on this machine aren't necessary for great espresso - only niceties.  I gave Anita a "10" in this category.

I also struggled for awhile wondering if I should upgrade my grinder.  I've used Rocky for 7 years now - changed the burrs once, and will be changing them again soon.  I've never felt like my shots were suffering from the Rocky, although I'm sure other grinders offer more conveniences.  I see all the complaints about not being able to grind fine enough, too much differences in steps, etc. - I just can't relate to all these issues.   I don't know if I just got lucky with my particular grinder or what.  It's very simple to create multiples "steps" between settings - simply twist the hopper clockwise and hold while grinding is half a step.  Quarter step -  hold the hopper clockwise for half the grind, then release for remainder.  Anyway, I ordered a bottomless PF also, and used it for the first time today.  This verified I'm not sacrificing or struggling with my Rocky - shot after shot of beautiful pulls right out of the gate just doing what I've always done.

All in all - I'm more pleased with this upgrade than I ever anticipated.  I have no regrets about Silvia or Anita - they were steps in the journey.  There is no way I would have/could have dropped 2K on a machine right out of the gate w/o divorce papers!  LOL.  But I feel I have now entered the kingdom of the gods...and have a machine that will bring me years of delight and trouble-free servitude.

Buying Experience

I would have liked to support Chris, but Chris currently doesn't have a machine carrying all the options I wanted (Vetrano no reservoir; Alex w/o non-compression valves, etc.).  I read some good feedback on Coffee Crew regarding customer support in which Chris AND idrinkcoffee both received accolades for their service.  I received wonderful service from idrinkcoffee and recommend them whole-heartedly.  Just make sure you address the UPS brokeage fee upfront when you place the order (importing from Canada).  Long story - but I didn't have to pay it - and neither should anybody else IMO.

UPDATE 2/22/11:  After receiving my VISA bill, it came to my attention that I was charged $40 more than the $2099 I had thought I was paying; I spoke with Slawek from idrinkcoffee.com, and he stated the price posted on the website is in Canadian dollars.  This rather bothers me, as I don't see anything on the website at all about paying conversion rates if ordering from the US.  I may just be naive - but I've never ordered anything from Canada, and the thought never dawned on me.  I wanted to post this so any potential US buyer will not get the surprise I did.  The only reason I ordered from idrinkcoffee was due to the review I read from the Coffee Crew, and my determination to support those whom support their buyers.  Slawek has been very courteous every time I've spoke with him, and I have no doubt he will provide the most help he can if I have problems.  However, now that I've experienced the UPS brokerage fee, and the Canadian dollar difference - I hope if I have any problem, Slawek will be able to resolve by phone - or this could get messy.

UPDATE 3/5/11:  I won't bother going into detail, but I have worked more with Slawek on some of my concerns; all I can say is "Wow!" and give my nod to Slawek.  I am ABSOLUTELY convinced that despite some of the issues above, I made the right decision when ordering from idrinkcoffee.  He followed up on my e-mails, and made sure I was content with this transaction.  I'm still glad I described these issues so future buyers can address when they place the order.  That being said - I firmly believe any little hiccups like these are worth working out in order to receive the level of support I have from this company.  Support people like Slawek/Chris that have shown a determination to excel in customer service/support.

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