Produces a fine grind for espresso and the doserless model makes it easy to get just the right amount of grind in your portafilter.
Negative Product Points
Beans get stuck in finger guard and chute traps last of the grind risking stale grind going into your portafilter.
After years of using a very early model Baratza and cursing my investment in a grinder that I found unsuitable for my Rancillio Silvia, I was given the Rocky Doserless Grinder as a birthday gift. Following the instructions I found in alt.coffee, I dialed in the grinder and prepared my first shot. It took several tries to get the grind where I wanted it but now feel as my espresso has climbed several notches in quality.
The machine is heavy and substantial with a minimum of plastic. It is easy to adjust the grind with the release just below the bean holder on the top right. This is an excellent improvement on the Baratza, which seemed just shy of getting the grind fine enough. This was after I had tweaked the grinder to its limit. After placing the portafilter on the metal arms, you push the button at the bottom left of the unit to send an very uniform grind into the basket. You have to hold the button down to grind, so you can grind as much or as little as you like.
Even after two months, I have some trouble getting the grind correct for a specific blend and age of bean, but constant use makes it easier every day. Whenever I pour beans into the hopper, I find beans getting caught in the screw holes of the finger guard. I usually take the handle of my spoon and flick them out. I remove the finger guard for cleaning the burrs.
I have not had any problem with the plastic chute breaking but grinds do get caught up there. After my last grind of the day, I take a grinder brush and try and clear it out and so far seem to be successful. Another option is to grind a bit before your first espresso the next day and toss it so as to avoid using an old grind.
Overall, I am very pleased with my doserless Rocky. I know there are more expensive grinders out there but for a mid-price point, I think the Rocky - especially paired with the Silvia - in an excellent choice. I would certainly buy it again.
Purchased from Whole Latte Love over the phone as their website was overloaded due to a future price increase on the Rocky. The service was pleasant, prompt and I had my Rocky on my doorstep two days later.