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Rancilio Rocky - Howard Sheppard's Review
Posted: July 8, 2002, 5:46pm
review rating: 7.0
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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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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $240.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Advanced Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Solis Maestro
Bottom Line: The best grinder in the sub $300 range that I know of.  You can do better, but it will cost you.
Positive Product Points

This is a nice looking grinder (in stainless to match Miss Silvia).  It is quiet and there is virtually no static to deal with.  Many grinders say this in thier literature.  Rocky delivers.  No static.  Zip.  The quality of the grind is excellent - made a huge difference in the quality of espresso I was capable of producing.

Negative Product Points

Some poor fitting lids.  The much-maligned doser design definitely deserves the criticism.  I know that these units are tested at the factory by grinding actual coffee - but I really didn't need to have my brand new grinder sprinkling coffee grounds all over my sink as I was unwrapping it...

Detailed Commentary

Like most folks here, I did a ton of research into this decision.  I knew that the doser was going to be weak point going into this purchase.  There are many instructions available on the web to modify the doser to work more efficiently (which I followed, with very positive results).

Beyond that, the fit and finish is definitely lacking in spots.  It would be fair to say that I was a little dissapointed by some scratches in the unit as well as some shoddy attention to detail - BUT...  

This grinder does what it was designed to do very well.  It will do wonders for your espresso production - PERIOD.  The actual grinding mechanism is first rate, and honestly, that is what you want this machine to do:  grind coffee correctly and consistently.  Rocky delivers in a big way here.

The machine is not perfect (as most reviews will tell you), but at the same time, I don't think you can go wrong with this purchase.

Buying Experience

Whole Latte Love did a wonderful job answering questions and delivering quickly.  I have grown to take this for granted from them - and that's my mistake.  They are great to deal with.

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