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Rancilio Rocky - Jonathan Ewing's Review
Posted: September 22, 2009, 2:22pm
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Rancilio Rocky
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Arrow The Rancilio Rocky has 71 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Rocky has been rated 8.44 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Berhouz Abedian 9.00
John Roche 8.48
Sean Strugnell 8.44
Toto Di Torretta 8.14
Mark Prince 8.05

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $295.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st Line Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Beautiful, simplistic design.  Consistent Grind.
Positive Product Points

Beautiful, simplistic design.  Consistent Grind.

Negative Product Points

Hopper has limited volume of only 10-12 ozs.

Detailed Commentary

I must have spent six months weighing my options as to which grinder was my ideal match.  The Mazzer Mini was the most appealing, but outside of my price range by several hundred dollars.  Nothing else really seemed close in quality and price to the Rocky.  The thing is ridiculously heavy when it arrives and its built like a stainless steel tank.  I use it exclusively for espresso, and it has yielded consistent grinds since day one.  I've heard it is not a good grinder for drip cofee or Turkish, but I've never tried so I can't comment on that.  As for espresso grind, it is outstanding and my espresso flavor made a significant jump from average to "complex and well balanced".  One trick that I would recommend is to remove the locking screw on the bottom of the hopper so that you can un-screw it for cleaning.  The second trick is to use a canister vacuum to suck out all of the coffee debris when you clean it out from time to time.  I bought an attachment for the canister vacuum that I only use for that purpose and it looks like new after every cleaning.  The only real negative, in my opinion, is that the hopper only holds about 10-12 ozs. of beans at a time.  Ideally is would hold a pound of beans.  The Rocky is my pride and joy and you should consider it if you want to really improve your espresso's flavor, but don't want to spring for a Mazzer.

Buying Experience

A breeze and recommended.  1st Line.

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