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Rancilio Rocky - Homer Simpson's Review
Posted: November 6, 2005, 10:36pm
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Rancilio Rocky
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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: 8.0
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $285.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aabree Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Capresso Infinity, Bunn Burr
Bottom Line: Rocky works fantastic for drip!  Save your money and avoid the cheaper grinders.
Positive Product Points

Clean, quiet, consistent grind, great adjustments.

Negative Product Points

Barely fits under counter, traps some grounds.

Detailed Commentary

I have recently gone on a grinder buying spree.  I had an old $50 Capresso burr grinder that had long outlived it's usefulness.  First, I upgraded to a $90 Capresso Infinity.  It had so much static that it was impossible to keep clean.  Then, I got  a $160 Bunn Burr.  It was much cleaner, but surprisingly loud, slow, and produced grounds of varying size.  For that price, it was a real disappointment.  Out of desperation, I upped the ante to a $285 Rocky.  I am happy to say that my buying spree is finally over.

I am purely a drip coffee drinker at this point, so a Rocky seems way overkill.  I suppose it is, although not for a lack of trying.  I have seen many reviews and posts where people indicate that ground consistency is not important for drip, but I sure can taste the difference.  I love how the Rocky has numeric grind settings and such a wide range.  A change from 30-35 is very noticeable in taste.  The Rocky is also very speedy in grinding.  The Bunn Burr was frustratingly slow and seemed to toss the beans around.  Perhaps it doesn't handle oily beans very well.  The Rocky certainly doesn't seem to be affected by them though.

The Rocky also turned out to be unexpectedly clean.  I thought with the doserless that grinds would be bound to spill out, but that hasn't really happened.  It has turned out to be even cleaner than the Bunn Burr.  In fact, I really haven't had any grounds show up on the counter at all except when I tried to clean the insides with compressed air.  Oops, user mistake.

To complete the trifecta, the Rocky is admirably quiet as well.  I can't remember if it's quieter than the Capresso Infinity, which had a nice low frequency rumble.  However, the Bunn Burr is like a hair dryer compared to the Rocky.  I can safely use the Rocky early in the morning or late at night without bothering anyone else in the house.

Any negatives?  Sure.  The Rocky barely fits under a counter.  There is just enough room to load beans.  It also seems to trap some grounds in the chute.  I toggle the motor a bit at the end to jiggle them down, but some grounds seem to stay in there regardless.  Finally, the finger guard likes to trap a few beans.  The screw holes seem perfectly designed to hold one bean each.  It's actually kind of funny, although I will undoubtedly remove the finger guard sooner or later.

Buying Experience

No problems with Aabree.  Double boxed with plenty of peanuts or padding.

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