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Rancilio Rocky - Nic Miller-Clendon's Review
Posted: June 4, 2008, 12:52am
review rating: 7.7
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Rancilio Rocky
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Arrow The Rancilio Rocky has 71 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Rocky has been rated 8.44 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: 7.8
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $417.78 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Altura roasters Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: A solid machine that lives up to the hype - don't bother with the doser!
Positive Product Points

It is a really robust machine. You don't feel like bits are going to fall off in your hands.
It's not overly noisy - the cat doesn't get frightened, just a little surprised.
It meets the grade on whatever grind of coffee I want.
It looks the business! It says I belong to someone who is serious about coffee.
It makes the coffee out of my evil espresso machine taste like something I'd pay money for - and better than some of the coffees I've  paid money for.

Negative Product Points

I don't get the doser - it just seems to make a mess!
I'm new to this and have a hard time figuring out when to turn the grinder off.
The manual was verging on terrible.
It took me a long time and a lot of coffee to tune it to a grind that didn't strangle my machine - it did a lot of hissing and spitting and there was a fair bit of blue language.

Detailed Commentary

I'd been thinking of upgrading my espresso machine and was looking at the Gaggia Classic or Miss Silvia when I read that a grinder can make or break your coffee and I was using a Delonghi grinder that made talcum powder or, even worse, preground coffee.
I went through reviews and kept coming back to the Rocky. A lot of dollars (543NZD) but not the small fortune some of the comparative grinders cost. I figured I'd need a good grinder anyway and it might make life with my evil espresso machine a little sweeter a little longer.
It took me a long time to dial it into the right setting. I started with the manufacturers guidelines and my machine threw a paddy. I moved up and down and reread reviews and eventually found that my machine was happy with the 11 point - higher than a lot of others but the burrs really weren't happy until the 6 mark. Finally I got a beautiful double shot, beautiful crema and nectar to taste. My evil machine made this! It was far superior to many of the coffees I pay 4.50NZD of my valuable cash for! Why would I  ever want to leave the house!
I love the rocky now but initially I thought  it was a bad idea while I sorted out a grind that didn't choke my machine. Now I tend to hover when anyone goes near it just in case someone fiddles with the dial.
I thought the doser was a great idea, despite reviews to the contrary. Why! I still really don't get the hang of it. I grind for about the count of 15 (I'm new at this OK!) which seems to make a regular dose and then pull the doser handle, grind enough for another shot and then pull the handle until it falls into my handle. I may sound stupid but I don't get the idea that technically I could grind away madly and get a mountain of coffee and then I have to pull the handle till it moves around, gets it's top knocked off and then falls into my handle. I tend to put a container under the fork and then measure out my own dose - like I would have done with a doseless grinder! Maybe I'm doing something wrong! or maybe I just don't get this hands on control thing!

Buying Experience

Fairly OK. I shopped around. Finally bought it from Altura Coffee, an importer and distributer that also roasts great coffee. The salesgirl complimented me on my choice but didn't do a demo. Maybe if I'd bought it from the first place I went to where it was 200NZD more I might have got a demo. I wanted to be able to touch the product rather than order online. I could have done this with Altura but I had a nice car trip and lunch in their cafe so it was enjoyable.

Three Month Followup

Three months has meant I have my Rocky dialled in perfectly and it doesn't disappoint. I've become used to it and really have  been taking it for granted! It's only when I visit my sister and try to converse while she grinds beans on one of the three settings her grinder has that I realise my Rocky really does rock! I now feel confident enough to change the setting when my husband wants coffee for his french press without getting into a cold sweat. Cleaning is still a pain but I can cope!

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