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ROK Espresso Maker - Dave Fitzjarrell's Review
Posted: March 5, 2005, 8:14am
review rating: 6.0
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ROK (formerly Presso) Manual Espresso Maker
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Arrow The ROK Espresso Maker has 11 Reviews
Arrow The ROK Espresso Maker has been rated 8.05 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since February 24, 2004.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Matt Saxey 8.75
Desmond Horsley 8.60
Tom O 8.50
F M 8.50
James Schulman 8.40

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Manufacturer: Presso UK Quality: 10
Average Price: $200.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $99.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: chefsresource.com Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: I think this might be the most overlooked machine out there.
Positive Product Points

Price only $100
Great Coffee
Easy to use
No electricity required

Negative Product Points

No frothing wand

Detailed Commentary

I am absolutely giddy about this machine.  I cannot vouch for espresso shots, as I am exclusively a latte drinker.

I bought this machine for camping, but for lattes, this machine regularly  beats my Solis SL-90.  My Solis has become an expensive milk frother.  

One other reviewer has complained that it doesn't build enough pressure, but I disagree.  I have found that if I add extra water, after raising the pump levers, I can increase the pressure as much as I want.   I simply stop the stroke when I have expressed enough water.

I can't wait for my upcoming camping trip this April to amaze my compadres with backcountry coffee non-pareil.  I have only had it two weeks, so reliability is unknown.

Due to my limited expertise, I hope a genuine, respected afficionado will do (or has done) a lengthy review of this machine.  It's simplicity and elegance of design and use are incredible for a $100 machine.

My only doubt comes from a previous reviewer's concern about shot temperature.  That hasn't been an issue wilth lattes.

Latte campers, throw away your moka pots.

Buying Experience

Bought for $99, free shipping, at ChefsResource.com.  Got it in less than a week.

Three Month Followup

ok

One Year Followup

Well, I've been using my Presso for a year now, I take it on camping trips and boating trips and it still works great.

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Posted: March 5, 2005, 8:14am
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