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Rancilio Rocky - Joseph Levitt's Review
Posted: December 11, 2004, 2:17pm
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: 9.0
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $245.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aabree Coffee Co. Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: la Pavoni "Jolly"
Bottom Line: Put your "Jolly" up for sale on ebay and get yourself a fantastic, commercial-quality grinder.
Positive Product Points

Ease of Use.
Sturdy as a Tank.
Quiet as a Mouse.
Looks great next to my "Miss Sylvia"

Negative Product Points

Power Cord is on the right side of Machine.

Detailed Commentary

I have been pulling my own espresso shots for about 15 years now.  At first, in Europe, I didn't even use a grinder.  The electronic pump machine that I used (I can't even remember the name) seemed to draw a decent amount of crema from the beans. Truth be known, I didn't know any better!  
After purchasing a la Pavoni professional and the "Jolly" grinder in Italy, I thought that I had reached espresso heaven...Until I started reading and exploring different web sites.  I read a lot about the Rocky grinder and since I was going to purchase the Rancilio "Miss Sylvia", I decided to splurge and buy the Rocky Doserless.
Well, let me say that I couldn't have made a better decision.

This machine does everything it promises.  Superb shaving of the beans.  Whisper-quiet operation. The "rocker" switch is ideal for grinding just the right amount of coffee.  No waste at all.  I am also glad that I chose the doserless model.  Not only is it less expensive, but you only grind what you need.  I, for one, cannot understand why one would even want the doser model?

Construction is unbelievable massive.  I thought that the la Pavoni Jolly was well-made.  Hah! this thing would break your foot if you dropped it on it. Don't try that at home ;-)

Great machine.  Worth every penny!

Buying Experience

Super-fast delivery with a very helpful staff.  I would definitely purchase from this company again.

Three Month Followup

Like my Rancilio "Miss Sylvia", I have owned the doserless "Rocky" for two years now and use it daily.  I am basically the only one in the house that drinks espresso, so one or two shots/day is what I average.  This machine is a tribute to industrial technology.  What a tank; what ease of cleaning, which I do after every two lbs. of Intellegentsia "Black Cat" espresso blend.
Sometimes when the weather changes, I have to adjust the grind from 8-9, but that would be the case with any grinder.  The Rocky's click-gear adjustment is basic and easy.
As with any burr grinder, you have to spend a little effort cleaning the blades. Having purchased a burr grinder wire brush ($6.95 from Aabree Coffee) made that process a little simpler.
I have read some reviews that suggest sawing about an inch off the green, plastic spout.  Although I haven't done that, I can see how that would prevent spillage into the porta filter and facilitate getting a brush up into the guts to clean it. I just stop the grind halfway and, with my finger, press a small well into the ground beans and then finish the grind.
Also, there is always residual grind remaining in the tube afterwards. If this really bothers you, you have two choices: Either toss the first grind that dispenses, or, as I do, when I vacuum, I just suck that grind out.  It just depends how OCD you are.
Regarding the quality of construction, I couldn't be more impressed.  Man, do they put together a tank! Even though the weaker dollar has made this machine slightly more expensive, I would still recommend it without hesitation.  I expect it to last me at least 10-15 years more; or much more.
Buy it.

One Year Followup

5 year follow up. After more than 5 years of daily use, I can see that the burrs are starting to wear down. When I began grinding, a typical setting was between 8-9. 5 years later and I am now at a 4-5 setting. It is hard for me to fathom how these solid-metal grinding gears are smoothing out, but friction is a powerful force. The question is whether or not I replace the burrs or upgrade to a Mazzer Mini. (a secret wish of mine) Not sure my wife would want me to drop that kind of cash for a grinder. I still recommend the product wholeheartedly.

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