- Commercial parts
- Quiet motor
- Wide range of settings
Negative Product Points
- Ground container should be smaller so that dozer works well with small amount of beans ground. Or, the container should be detachable so that the ground can be poured directly into the filter. La Pavoni makes those but I've heard about the durability of their home line grinders. After all, Rocky is made for home use and that means low volume (if you have mid to high volume demand, you've got to spend more than $200 for a grinder). Rancilio should've made some more accommodations besides the price. I'd hate to waist my precious fresh roasted beans.
I use Rocky along side with Silvia and a home roaster. What a combo! Despite the negative feature mentioned, Rocky produces grounds that are consistent enough and the settings are precise enough to pull a great shot of espresso with tons of crema, and it doesn't cost your limbs. Its a relatively small investment for such a nice return. Who needs to go to coffee shop when you can do it at home just as good or even better.
To counter act the negative side of what I consider an over sized ground container, I use a piece of paper cut to an oval shape and bend it to a curve. Then I slide it in the container before turning it on. Each of longer side of oval should point upward and the shorter side of oval should be set tight against the inside surface just below the opening where grounds come out. Once enough grounds have been poured out, use the handle of plastic spoon (part of Silvia package) to gently scrape out some of remaining gourds sitting on the opening. Turn off the machine, grab the long ends of the paper, slowly turn it clockwise (or counter-clockwise, doesn't matter) so the grounds are not facing the opening that it just came out of. Then slowly lift it out and pour it into where you want it. This ought to minimize the waist of your coffee grounds if you value your fresh roasted beans.