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Rancilio Rocky - George Feil's Review
Posted: January 17, 2006, 3:50pm
review rating: 7.0
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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.
Name Ranking
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: 8.2
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 9
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $295.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Daily Grind Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Krups, Oster
Bottom Line: perfect grind, with a few catches
Positive Product Points

large hopper, consistent grounds, fine adjustment, excellent espresso

Negative Product Points

doser gets in the way if not using a portafilter, doser portions inconsistent, oily grinds will cause coffee to stick to hopper

Detailed Commentary

I bought the metallic version of the machine along with the Rancilio Silvia and the bar base.  The asthetics were pleasing, although the power switch, located on the bottom of the right side, is not very accessible when the grinder is placed on the bar base next to the Silvia (which has its steam tube on the right side as well).  The switch would be better located on the left or front.

The adjustment dial is pretty useless.  You need to find the zero point of the machine, and then experiement with the settings to find the optimum grind.  Once you do, though, the grind is consistent and excellent.  You can even grind for Turkish coffee using this machine.

Unfortunately, oily beans tend to cause the coffee to stick in the hopper, stopping the grind.  I found I had to tap on the machine, or resort to using a fork to unstick the beans.

The doser gets in the way if you're grinding for drip or french press, but it works well with portafilters.  The doser only gives out consistent portions if you grind a lot of coffee at once.

Buying Experience

Purchasing the machine was easy from the store's web site.  Tracking the order was an entirely different matter, as site navigation was quite poor.  Shipping was on time and efficient.

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