So we have a product we're listing this year... it's been around for a long time, but this year something big happened. It got revitalized. Partially through a new distribution partnership, partially through trial and error.
It's the ROK espresso maker (formerly known as the Presso). This is the 2013 model, and it has been beefed up and improved. It also comes in a fancy new package and with a (ugh for serious Coffee Geekers) fancypants stainless steel milk frothy-er.
Well forget the frother and even forget the container it comes in (though that is pretty darned cool and can be used as your home coffee bar catch all or the coolest mini bin you'll ever use in your home); the ROK is quite capable of, without any power, brewing a pretty decent shot of espresso. The arms are substantially beefed up on this new version, and little tweaks like no skid feet round out the package. I liked the Presso. I like the ROK even more.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.