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Rancilio Rocky - David M Strom's Review
Posted: January 23, 2000, 6:28pm
review rating: 5.5
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Rancilio Rocky
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Arrow The Rancilio Rocky has 70 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Rocky has been rated 8.43 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: A great grinder at a good price. You NEED a great grinder to get even decent espresso, and Rocky fits the bill.
Positive Product Points

Near perfect consistency.
Great control over the grind.
No static.
Extremely solidly built.
Fairly easy to take apart, clean, etc.

Negative Product Points

Doser is not adjustable.
Doser has a pretty bad assigned dose size. (6 grams or so).
Plastic parts are cheaply made, overall.
Not great fit and finish of plastic lids.
Occasionally gets clogged.

Detailed Commentary

I paid about $170 for a demo model. It came very poorly adjusted, because the techie at the place that sold it to me had taken it apart to clean it before shipping, and hadn‘t really put it all back together that well. Called the shop, and they walked me through taking it apart and adjusting it. Very easy!

Overall, I would say that Rocky hits a price/performance sweet spot. It has the internal workings of a Rancilio MD40, so it performs nearly flawlessly in its main task: grinding.

To the extent that there are any problems, they are all secondary in nature. The lids don‘t fit tightly, and the coffee occasionally doesn‘t feed properly to the burrs for grinding. An easy fix, with a stir of the beans in the hopper, but mildly annoying nonetheless.

I will probably get an MD40 or another similar grinder eventually, but I have no doubt that I will continue to own and use Rocky nearly forever.

My biggest gripe with Rocky is that I think the doser should be adjustable. The perfect shot is neither 2 pulls, nor 3. It is 2.5 or so... I wish I could adjust the amounts!

You would not regret getting Rocky!

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