robertwilliam Senior Member Joined: 27 Dec 2010 Posts: 7 Location: Calgary, AB Canada Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Sylvia V3
Posted Mon Dec 27, 2010, 2:26pm Subject: Rancilio Rocky DL or Baratza Vario??
Hello to all, I know in one way or another this topic has probably been beaten up pretty well! However I am brand new to this site and about to make a major purchase(s) I am looking a purchasing a new Rancilio Sylvia V3 and either a Rocky DL or Vario..With all the reading I've done I am staring to sway towards the Vario..I really don't want to think about an upgrade for a long time as espresso is all I am wanting to grow old with. Yes, and of course my lovely wife! Any suggestions out there?
robca Senior Member Joined: 7 Nov 2010 Posts: 36 Location: Kirkland, WA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Professional.... Grinder: Zassenhaus; Baratza Vario;... Roaster: iRoast
Posted Wed Dec 29, 2010, 12:06am Subject: Re: Rancilio Rocky DL or Baratza Vario??
I bought a Vario, then a (gently) used Rocky fell into my lap (long story). I cannot fathom anyone buying a Rocky over a Vario these days. There was a time when I'm sure the Rocky was at the cutting edge of the price/performance curve, but at the current price it's hopelessly outmatched by the Vario (especially if you buy a refurbished unit directly from Baratza)
The first time you need to clean your grinder (and cleaning is required for any grinder), you will appreciate the Vario over the Rocky even more
I'm using the Rocky for my office setup, and it's still a competent grinder. But every day I'm reminded how much better the Vario is...
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