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Rocky Doserless Grinder - Ed Wilson's Review
Posted: December 30, 2005, 4:48pm
review rating: 6.3
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: Rancilio Quality: 8
Average Price: $339.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $245.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: E-Bay Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Solis Maestro
Bottom Line: Much improved espresso shots and ease of use make this the perfect companion for the Silvia espresso maker as well as all around grinder for day in/day out grinding duties
Positive Product Points

Built like a tank
High quality internal components
Large bean hopper
Low profile design fits nicely under kitchen cabinets
Grind consistency

Negative Product Points

Beans jam up
Grinds hang up in chute
One handed operation not possible

Detailed Commentary

I purchased the Rocky doserless around 15 months ago when the dollar's drop against the Euro started to affect  the prices of European espresso equipment.  I wasn't all that unhappy with the Solis Maestro that I was using at the time and in fact I didn't think that I would see an improvement  in the espressos I was making using a Rancilio Silvia.  I was wrong.  Using the Rocky made a noticeable improvement in the quality of the shots.   I am able to pull consistenly better shots with the Rocky than I ever could  using the Maestro.

The grind consistency is very good.  The grinder is used mostly for expressos.  However, I also use it to occasionally grind for press pot and drip coffee.  Grind consistency is very important for press pot coffee  and I am happy to report that the Rocky does an excellent job in this department.    The Rocky does a great  job grinding at any setting from coarse to espresso.   The gradations are such that I have never had to change the setting by more than one click stop left or right in order to dial in the correct grind for an espresso shot. The grind settings are very predictable.  

Problems noted:
The beans feeding from the hopper into the burrs will sometimes get hung up, they won't always drop into the burrs.  In order to get the grinds to drop into the burr assembly one has to shake the machine or poke the beans with a stick to relieve the log jam.  A nuisance to be sure.  
Two hands are needed to operate the grinder since the on/off switch is a spring loaded rocker  that must be held in place by the operator.
It would be useful to allow the user to decide if that feature is needed or not.

Buying Experience

Very good.   I purchased it on e-bay from david at eads.  He is a great  ebay seller to work with.  I had the grinder within a week after the bidding closed, shipped from Texas to Alaska using the post office.

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