Great grinder whether it is the dosered or doserless model!
Positive Product Points
Industrial strength, very consistent grind, looks great. A great grinder for someone who grinds for more than espresso.
Negative Product Points
The momentary on switch is sometimes a pain when grinding for drip or vac-pot. The huge electric cord sticking out the side of the machine. Let's lose the current finger guard design.
After reading the reviews for the standard Rocky and looking at my coffee drinking patterns I opted for the doserless version of this tried and true grinder. I do brew some espresso, but the majority of my brewing is either vac-pot or drip. A consistent grind is important for the vac-pot and even the drip-brewed coffee tastes better.
I met the Fed-Ex man at the door as the box was delivered and he was more than happy to hand off the heavy load. I lugged the box into the kitchen and unpacked the machine. I had been pre-warned that Rancilio was shipping the units in the standard Rocky box so that was no surprise. This grinder looks great! I cleared the old grinder out of the way and put Rocky in his new home. A quick review of the manual does not impart as much info as I had already garnered from this site as well as others.
I zeroed the machine (at about +5), then cranked it up to about setting 20. I dumped in some old beans I had to test it out. The motor starts and runs quietly but with evident power. The grind is just about right for drip, so I clean the grinder out and drop in some home-roasted Yemen Mattari for a taste test. The coffee comes out of the chute into the filter in a nice even stream until all of the beans are ground. A quick look in the hopper shows that the wells that house the screws for the finger guard and hopper are full of coffee beans. I use a toothpick to pop them out and then finish the grind. I found that by gently tapping the side of the machine in the area next to the output chute dislodges most of the coffee left inside. I put the coffee on to brew and tackle the finger guard screws while I am waiting. The finger guard pops off, I replace the screws and that takes care of the stuck bean problem. I can now also brush out the bottom of the hopper and burr area to keep the machine fairly clean. Coffee is done and tastes great!
I start working on dialing Rock in for my espresso machine. After 4 shots pulled, I call it good. My machine is a Krups Gusto, the Rocky has given new life to it, the espresso is much better than with the cheap burr grinder. I think the Gusto will hold me now until I can afford something better.
I highly recommend the Rocky doserless, I would have no issue with buying it again if I had to do it over.
Bought the machine from WLL and got a great deal. They were great on the phone and got my order right out, I had it in about 5 days from the day I ordered, all of it shipping, from NY to OR. I will do business with WLL again, no doubt about it!
Three Month Followup
I am still very pleased with the grinder. I use it for drip, vac pot and espresso with great results. Still have the Krups Gusto and am still happy enough now that I have a good grinder that I don't have to stretch for a new machine.
I have cleaned the machine several times, of course, and am quite impressed with the burr carriers, pretty heavy duty. As others have stated, the zero on the machine has crept down from an initial +5 to a steady (for a month anyway) +1.