Dual Boilers. Dual PIDs. Advanced E61 style grouphead. Multiple preinfusion methods. Copper boilers. Advanced electronic controls. Rotary pump. Electronic, auto dosing grinder. This is a serious home barista package and one of the best you can get today for the home under $5,000. It is the Rocket Espresso R58 Version Two machine, and it's paired "Made for Rocket" Mazzer Mini Electronic Auto Dosing grinder.
The Rocket lineup has a serious following, and it's easy to see why: just about every single technological advance today has been put into this machine, including dual PID controls for the utmost in temperature stability and boiler control. It has a rotary pump with user-controlled pressure settings that let you up or down how much pressure is delivered to the machine's grouphead. The R58 also has super fast switching from plumbed in or water reservoir use, making it portable and not requiring extensive home renovations to install and use the machine. Even the smallest details are paid attention to: the drip tray has tiny magnets to hold it in place and to prevent any kind of rattling.
The grinder is no slouch either. It is a Mazzer Mini Electronic Type A variant designed specifically for Rocket. It has a stepless grinding adjustment, grinds on demand, little in chamber waste, and you can electronically preset the single and double dose settings. Big burrs, sleek look, it completes the package for the ultimate home espresso setup.
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.