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Rancilio Rocky - Justin Shardey's Review
Posted: January 17, 2002, 11:05pm
review rating: 7.8
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Rancilio Rocky
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Arrow The Rancilio Rocky has 71 Reviews
Arrow The Rancilio Rocky has been rated 8.44 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Berhouz Abedian 9.00
John Roche 8.48
Sean Strugnell 8.44
Toto Di Torretta 8.14
Mark Prince 8.05

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.4
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 10
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $160.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Mocopan Australia Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Advanced Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: None
Bottom Line: Excellent value and performance - buy one and you won't be disappointed.
Positive Product Points

This is an excellent companion for my Rancilio Silvia (purchased concurrently).  It is relatively quiet, very consistent grind, and I truly believe it enables the user to get the best out of the beans and machine used.  Operation, cleaning and adjustment is simple and straightforward.  For domestic use, this thing is really BUILT.  Big enough to look impressive on your counter, small enough to leave you with some bench space.

Negative Product Points

Nothing here that should discourage the home user from purchase.  Small nuisances include having to manually clear the spout between grinder and dispenser after each session - fills with grounds, but does not actually clog up; vanes in dispenser do not clear all grounds - I just vaccuum mine every week or so.  Smaller adjustments between clicks would improve results marginally, but only for the OBSESSIVE.

Detailed Commentary

Using the same blend of beans in Rocky, I operate over a one click range, depending on weather, and sometimes roast variations.  Really half a click would be sufficient.  Since new (14 months old), I grind one click finer.  I haven't changed my grind range since the first three months.  

With a properly warmed Silvia, I always get excellent crema, even using two week old beans.  I attribute this mainly to the consistency of the grind achievable with the Rocky.  I have read that there is some improvement in coffee quality with something like a Mazzer Mini, but we're talking a different league (and price range) here.

Minor gripes aside (see section above) the Rocky will never disappoint the home user.

Buying Experience

Last one in stock at the time - lucky to get it when I did.

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