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Rancilio Rocky - S Hanson's Review
Posted: January 1, 2007, 11:40am
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: 7.4
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 7
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $235.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: 1st-line Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Best pro-level grinder in this price range (get the doserless, not the doser, model--even though doser looks better)
Positive Product Points

Price is right for pro results, but they should redesign chute and dial to match the solid looks of the rest of the machine and Silvia

Negative Product Points

Chute and dial/grind selector look a bit cheap/plastic compared to rest of machine

Detailed Commentary

After being convinced (from all the reviews here and elsewhere) that my trusty little Krups grinder just wouldn't produce decent ground espresso for my new Silvia, I decided to invest in a more serious machine. I looked at the Mini Mazzer and thought it looked impressive but too bulky of a contraption; the Solis Maestro looked too cheap and had bad reviews. So it came down to Rocky doserless, which I figured would also look good next to Silvia.

After unpacking and setting up (adjusting the dial/selector as instructed to about 6 or 7 marks beyond zero), I put some freshly roasted beans in the hopper and Rocky produced fine powdery coffee that collected in the portafilter in soft mounds. Tamping with a weighty Reg Barber tamper and a little twist packed it down nicely at the line, and then it was up to Miss Silvia to make espresso--which she did very well: lovely, rich espresso with a nice, thick pool of crema on top. I haven't experimented with changing dial beyond 6-7 marks beyond zero, as it seems perfect right now. I know I could use Rocky for drip coffee beans too, but I may keep the Krups for that.

Buying Experience

1st-line had a package deal with Silvia ($50 discount off Rocky's $285 list price), so I ordered them together. I also went with 1st-line because they seem to offer good Rancilio service should anything ever need to be repaired.

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