The best espresso grinder you can get for the price. A huge step-up from a beginner burr grinder!
Positive Product Points
- Consistent - Works well - High Quality - Doserless - Wide range of grinds - Huge upgrade from cheaper grinders
Negative Product Points
- Noisy - Not the best looking grinder - Takes up a lot of space - Messy - Grinder guard poorly designed - Expensive
This is my first prosumer grinder. Previous to owning the Rancilio Rocky, I used a Breville Conical Burr Grinder for grinding my beans for coffee and espresso. I thought my espressos were decent with grinds from my previous burr grinder but I was wrong. I've owned the Rocky Doserless Grinder for less than a week & so far my espressos are the best that they've ever been! Prior to this machine, I ground my beans to the finest setting possible on the Breville grinder (modified to grind even finer), tamped the grounds as hard as I could & still failed to have a proper 25 second shot (I have a La Pavoni Professional). The first time using the Rocky, I dialed the grind down to 7, didn't tamp as hard as I usually do, & nearly choked out the machine. The next shot I dialed down to 10 & I had a nearly perfect shot with a decent amount of crema. In short, I didn't know what I was missing before owning the Rocky!
I opted for the doserless model because I mainly wanted this grinder for espresso (I do tend to occasionally grind for syphon coffee & drip coffee but haven't yet had a chance to test out this machine for that grind). I love the doserless model as I measure out the exact amount of beans required and never have any extra beans sitting in the hopper. I also only tend to make a maximum of 2 shots at one time so the doserless model works well for me (& looks better in my opinion). So far I've been able to dial down my grind to produce consistent shots based on the roast I'm using (I use the "Perfect Shot" Iphone app to monitor my shots). This machine is heavy duty, high quality, & has a wide range of grinds available (I'll update this review once I get a chance to grind for drip & syphon coffee).
The only negative things I have to say about this grinder is that, compared to my previous grinder, its quite noisy. A lot of people have provided reviews, stating how quiet it is - so I expected it to be much quieter than my previous grinder. It's also not the best-looking grinder. My wife was disappointed in its appearance, especially in its dark blue accents which don't match our kitchen. I understand that the color is tinted for UV protection on the beans but I don't store my beans in the hopper. Nevertheless, I don't have the same issue with its appearance that my wife has - I think its a pretty nice looking grinder & compliments my La Pavoni Professional nicely. In comparison to my Breville grinder, this unit takes up more real estate in my kitchen. Although I know the Rocky is still much smaller than other more expensive grinders on the market. So far, I've constantly had to wipe up loose grinds on the base which missed the portafilter while grinding. No matter how careful you are with dosing the grinds into the portafilter, some grinds are going to spill over making cleanup of rogue grinds inevitable. Although this machine is well-built & heavy duty, there is a flaw in the design of the grind guard which catches beans in the screw holes. Every now & then you need to pick out stuck beans with a toothpick. I'll probably end up removing this guard to prevent this issue. The Rancilio Rocky is also quite expensive for what you get. I understand it is priced in a category of its own but, if it was a hundred dollars less it would be a lot more appealing & be a much better value for the cost.
After doing extensive research & being located in Canada, I decided to purchase through a Canadian dealer - ZCafe.ca. I immediately placed my order after noticing a one day Valentine's Day discount which saved me 10%. I placed my order on February 11 & received it 3 business days later. When the grinder arrived, I noticed the doser chute was cracked at both screws. I also noticed the Rancilio logo was scratched up. I contacted ZCafe who acknowledged the damage from factory and immediately shipped me a new chute. I definitely recommend ZCafe for Canadian buyers & wouldn't think twice about ordering from them again. ZCafe also has a price match guarantee which makes buying from them a no-brainer.