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Posted Tue Mar 29, 2011, 3:11pm
Subject: Racilio Rocky vs. Baratza Virtuoso
 

So about a week ago I got my Rancilio Rocky in the mail. Brand new everything, right from the factory. I dialed it in on a setting of 3, and it pulled shots okay at that setting.

I've had a Baratza Virtuoso for several years, and it wasn't up to the task of grinding for espresso. So I contacted Baratza, and after some tech talk, we came to an agreement it was the gearbox not working right. They sent a complete new gearbox, even with new bottom burr. I get the gearbox in the mail, install it, set it to 10, and pulled a shot and it choked my machine. Choked it hard, too. Nothing came out.

So.. does this mean the Virtuoso, with a new style gearbox, can out-perform a brand new Rocky? A setting of 10 on the Virtuoso looks like a turkish grind, almost pure powder, while a setting of 1 on the Rocky can't even choke my espresso machine.

This just doesn't make any sense. Especially considering a new Virtuoso is $200, and a new Rocky is $350.

Perhaps the Rocky is not calibrated correctly?

 
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Roaster: Behmor, Fresh Roast
Posted Tue Mar 29, 2011, 3:26pm
Subject: Re: Racilio Rocky vs. Baratza Virtuoso
 

The Baratza tech sent me an e-mail about the grind settings. It turns out he added some shims to the gear shaft and now the gearbox grinds much finer than usual. The shims are simply thin washers.

Perhaps all the Rocky needs is some shims.

 
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