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MarkPrince
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Espresso: KvdW Speedster
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Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Wed Jun 26, 2013, 9:28pm
Subject: Re: ROK Espresso
 

Resurrecting  a slightly old thread.

The ROK is the current incarnation of the Presso espresso maker. It has a variety of improvements over the old Presso:

- 35% stronger (claimed) tensile strength in the aluminum used throughout.
- beefier lever arms (some arms have snapped in the past, including the original one I bought in 2005)
- retooled and slightly redesigned water chamber / gasket / plunger area for better seals and longer wear
- base is chromium plated
- rubber feet added to base.
- better polish and finish on the aluminum (that is definitely true)

I'm currently evaluating one and am working on a quickshot review.

Mark

 
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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 12:59pm
Subject: Re: ROK Espresso
 

MarkPrince Said:

Resurrecting  a slightly old thread.

The ROK is the current incarnation of the Presso espresso maker. It has a variety of improvements over the old Presso:

- 35% stronger (claimed) tensile strength in the aluminum used throughout.
- beefier lever arms (some arms have snapped in the past, including the original one I bought in 2005)
- retooled and slightly redesigned water chamber / gasket / plunger area for better seals and longer wear
- base is chromium plated
- rubber feet added to base.
- better polish and finish on the aluminum (that is definitely true)

I'm currently evaluating one and am working on a quickshot review.

Mark

Posted June 26, 2013 link

Mark, an old review of the "Presso" mentioned what Jim Schulman called a "fatal" problem. It had to do with a lot of air caught between the piston and screen, I believe. This made for a lot of non-crema air bubbles.
Please let us know if this flaw has now been corrected.
Also, I'd love to see a comparative thread of the Rok, and the several other new and inventive ultra manual devices like the Rok. Several are at the end of their "Kickstarter" phase.







EDITED to insert Jim Schulman's name.

 
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beckygardens
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Posted Thu Aug 15, 2013, 5:34am
Subject: Re: ROK Espresso
 

My husband and I love our ROK, now sold in the US and available on Amazon or Importika. I have a graveyard of espresso machines with dead pumps, the ROK is great, not much to go wrong. I produce delicious espresso. My sons can get a great crema.
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Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -...
Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -...
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Posted Thu Aug 15, 2013, 6:24am
Subject: Re: ROK Espresso
 

Well then, Becky -- given the dearth of great espresso in my beloved NOLA -- I'm off to your house!  ;^)

 
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beckygardens
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Posted Thu Aug 15, 2013, 9:56am
Subject: Re: ROK Espresso
 

Yeah, it's not the greatest around here. We were down in the quarter and got an espresso for 6 bucks a shot that tasted like dirty dishwater! Not a coffee ship, one of the upscale eateries, but still :(

I have a handpresso wild hybrid too, it puts the fun in espresso, such a cool little gadget.
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Grinder: Vario
Drip: Technivorm, Kone
Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 5:54pm
Subject: Re: ROK Espresso
 

Howdy, everyone -- any follow-up about this update to the Presso? I couldn't find any recent posts about the ROK - did Mark ever get around to a "quick shot" review? Would love to hear more feedback.

Thanks!
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