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Rancilio Rocky - Derek Denyer's Review
Posted: May 13, 2003, 10:12am
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 9.0
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $215.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Drury Tea & Coffee, London Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: I should have purchased this 3 years ago with my Silvia
Positive Product Points

Like Silvia, a solid product.  Mine's the stainless steel version & looks great.  The hopper and doser covers fit well, and don't rattle around as other reviewers report.

Negative Product Points

As everyone says: the doser.  It leaves too much behind.

Detailed Commentary

I'd been using pre-ground Illy cofee in my Silvia for the last 3 years, and on a whim decided to get a Rocky.  I wasn't expecting the huge improvement I've seen.

When I first tried grinding some beans I thought it wasn't working.  I knew it was supposed to be quiet, so wasn't caught out when there were no beans in it, but when I added some I thought they were just being spun round and round - I couldn't hear any "grinding" sound. It was only when I looked in the doser I saw the (very) fine ground coffee.  

I spent about a week varying quantities, tamp pressure, and grind settings until I found settings that I liked.  I now use the double portafilter level filled with coffee ground at 9 (your settings may vary) then a light tamp, and a 25 to 30 second pull. For about 15 seconds of the pull the stream of coffee appears to be all cream it's so viscous.  The taste is so much richer than the Illy I was used to.  I keep that now just for longer drinks.

There is certainly more of an art to getting a consisant pull, I find that the quantity of coffee is the most important, I've considered buying some digital (drug dealer?) scales, though at about 50 ($75) I've only considered it.

Overall a great improvement over pre-ground Illy.  I can't compare it to any other grinder - as I've never owned one - but It's hard for me to imagine how it could be much better.

Buying Experience

Excellent.  Mail order from Drury Tea and Coffe in London.  Next day delivery - well packed (packing material was old coffee bean sacks - nice touch).  I also purchased some of their beans - very good.

Three Month Followup

It's been used every day, and worked flawlessly.  What more could one ask for?:  Well, the doser could be redesigned so that the user didn't need to do the tape mod., and the chute from the grinder to the doser could be more vertical.  I currently stick a blunt knife in to extract the remaining grounds.  If it were vertical I wouldn't need to do that.  Otherwise, a great grinder.

One Year Followup

4 years on and Rocky was still going fine, until a small part in the doser broke (there's a metal strip which prevents the doser rotating backwards after pulling the dosing lever). I expected to be stung $10 or more for the spare part but Drury Tea & Coffee (who I originally purchased the grinder from)  just popped one in the post completely free of charge.   I'd highly recommend the company:  http://www.drury.uk.com/

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