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Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic Espresso Machine

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$1,499.00

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The Rocket Cellini Classic offers a heavy duty stainless steel case, E-61 brew group and powerful steam functionality. Using the same technology as the Premium Plus and Evoluzione models, the Rocket Classic features a single manometer for the steam boiler and matte plastic finishes.
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The Rocket Cellini Classic offers a heavy duty stainless steel case, E-61 brew group and powerful steam functionality. Using the same technology as the Premium Plus and Evoluzione models, the Rocket Classic features a single manometer for the steam boiler and matte plastic finishes. This pared down Rocket machine can still prep an amazing espresso and offers excellent value for handcrafted machinery.

Features & Functionality of the Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

  • Copper Boiler: The 1.8 liter copper boiler has brass encaps to retain heat without additional insulation.
  • Stainless Steel Case: The stainless-steel housing is beautiful and highly durable, featuring brushed side panels.
  • Professional E-61 Brew Head: The legendary E-61 brew group features a solid, lead-free brass end plate that aids in thermal stability and heat retention.
  • Dual Pre-Infusion System: Mechanical pre-infusion system has a progressively working piston and static pre-infusion chamber, resulting in smooth coffee extraction and superior aroma, body and crema.
  • Vibratory Pump: Pump features a special device to eliminate backpressure from the boiler, preventing blocks.
  • Stainless Steel Nozzles: Steam wand with a two-hole tip and hot water wand are internally insulated so you won't burn yourself on them after use.
  • Removable Plastic Cup Rack: You can pull off the cup rack to reduce the espresso machine's height.
  • Large, Easy-Access Water Reservoir: Easily access the 98 ounce water reservoir via the separate lid — you won't have to take all the cups off the top of your espresso machine in order to refill it.
  • Low Water Sensor: A low water level warning will let you know when you need to refill.
  • Generously Dimensioned: 20 percent higher volume (compared to other machines on the market) is paired with optimum thermosyphon system to quickly heat up and provide superior extraction.
  • Handcrafted: Each machine is unique and hand crafted in Italy. Small warps in the case are normal and part of each machine's unique assembly process.
Pros
  • Copper-Plated Boiler - Increases thermal stability and gives you higher energy savings.
  • Ideal Shots - The Cellini Classic pulls an excellent shot of espresso.
  • No Burn Wands - Internally insulated steam wand and water dispenser keep the casing cool so you won't burn your hands.
Cons
  • Small Drip Tray - The drip tray is on the tiny side, so it fills up quite easily (though this could be a good thing).
Ease of Use 3
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare?

The Cellini Classic produces a great shot and steams milk like a pro, but it is not plumbable, has an uninsulated boiler, single manomenter, and a different fit and finish compared to other Rocket models.

Tips and Tricks

Please Note: The Rocket Cellini Classic now comes with a plastic tamper. Upgrade to a metal Rocket Espresso tamper for a shinier look.

Model Number RE781C3A11
Manufacturer Rocket Espresso
Width With Cup Rail: 12.0 inches | Without Cup Rail: 12.0 inches
Depth With Cup Rail: 17.0 inches | Without Cup Rail: 17.0 inches
Height With Cup Rail: 15.5 inches | Without Cup Rail: 14.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 46.3100
Watts 1200W
Volts 120 volts
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Cup Clearance 3 inches
Boiler Volume 1.8 liter
Reservoir Size 98 oz
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 25 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
NSF Certified No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic Espresso Machine
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A shopper asked: I have been back flushing my machine and there always seems to be a little coffee grain in the water (probably from insufficient scrubbing of the group?), so I would like to try to take a step up and use some shampoo as mentioned in the instruction manual (Thank you so much SeattleCoffeGear!!) . Which Shampoo should one use to clean the Group while back flushing it? Jul 4, 2013
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Teri KStaff: I'd recommend using backflushing detergent like Joe Glo or Cafiza. Instructions for backflushing can be found below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/service/tech-tips/brew-group-maintenance
Jul 6, 2013
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Peer K asked: Do I understand, that it takes 25 (!) minutes to " warm -up" - before I can brew my first cup? Jul 14, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, it is true that an E-61 brew head machine like this Rocket Cellini Classic should have between 20-30 minutes to heat up with the portafilter attached to the machine before you begin brewing. This allows both the boiler and the metal components of that external brew head to come to temperature for the best possible shot. Though the gauge will read the correct pressure sooner, allowing for a longer heat up will ensure that the water is fully circulating the brew head and all metal components are hot. Hope this helps clarify! Jul 14, 2014
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A shopper asked: Can you brew and steam at the same time? Jun 2, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, you can brew and steam at the same time with this Rocket Cellini Classic machine. Jun 2, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hi,
What is the cleaning and maintenance like on this machine?
Thanks
Mar 12, 2014
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Teri KStaff: We recommend descaling your Rocket Cellini Classic once every 2-3 months and then back flushing once every 1-4 weeks depending on your usage. I have included a few links to some instructions on those processes below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/learn/coffee-101/infographics/guide-to-backflushing
http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/learn/coffee-101/infographics/guide-to-descaling
Mar 14, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is this machine nsf rated? and can it be used in a light commercial setting? Feb 18, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, the Rocket machines are not NSF rated. For some NSF rated machines, check out the Nuova Simonelli Oscar or Musica, or the Rancilio Epoca. I have included a few links below, and call in to speak with commercial sales at 866-372-4734 if you have any questions!

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/nuova-simonelli-oscar-espresso-machine

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/nuova-simonelli-musica-espresso-machine

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/rancilio-epoca-st-semi-automatic-commercial-espresso-machine-1-group-tank
Feb 19, 2014
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A shopper asked: What grinder would you recommend for this machine? I am considering the vario. Any need to get a better grinder than the vario? Jan 8, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Vario is a great grinder option for the Rocket, and will certainly give you fantastic results. If you wanted a step less grinder for better fine tuning, and only needed to grind for espresso, then jumping up to like the Compak K3 or one of the Mazzer grinders might be worth checking out.

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/compak-k3-touch-doserless-grinder

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/mazzer-mini-electronic-grinder-type-a
Jan 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is this the same great Rocket, just on a budget? I have been eyeing a Rocket for 2 years, but just not been able to afford one. Will this give me the lattes I crave? Or should I keep saving for the Premium or the Evoluzione? Mar 2, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this is a great option if you're looking for a lower priced machine with the same great Rocket quality. There are a few differences, like the lack of two body styles, just one pressure gauge, and no option for plumbing, but the Rocket Cellini Classic will brew just as great of a shot and produce the same microfoam as the Premium Plus and Evoluzione machines! Mar 4, 2013
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Meredith A: I purchased this machine about a month ago and I am really happy with it. I had a Rancilio Silvia for 10yrs. This was a nice upgrade and makes great coffee Mar 5, 2013
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Fidel F: Yes, It is the same internally. From the outside there are some less expensive components.

It is a huge deal with such great machine.
Mar 5, 2013
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Dave E: I would call the shop and ask them. I've owned it for a month. I had a Delonghi super-auto. It is 10X better than that machine. It has plenty of steam power, and makes a great shot. Seriously, though, buy a better grinder than a more expensive machine. Otherwise, you just end up chasing a good shot. If you are buying based on a budget, buy a better grinder and the Classic. If you don't have a budget, buy better. Mar 4, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

What it Covers:

Rocket Espresso machines

Length: 2 Years
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

  • Clean the brew gasket with a cleaning brush.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
  • Perform backflush routine daily and clean the filter basket each week.
  • Keep the stainless-steel casing shiny with a microfiber cloth.

User Manuals for your Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic


Videos Featuring the Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

How to Backflush your E61 Espresso Machine

Crew Review: Rocket Espresso Accessories

Crew Review: Rocket Espresso Reservoir Filter

Nuova Simonelli Oscar vs Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

Interview with Rocket Espresso's Andrew Meo


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The Reluctant Barista: A Tale of Three Rockets

Too Tall Fix

Review by
55
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Have seen multiple comments about Rocket machines being "Too Tall" for fitting under old style kitchen cabinets.
Had same problem at a vacation home.
Our cabinets were 14 inches. Just 1/4 inch too short.
While there are no shorter replacement "feet" directly from Rocket, adjustable 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch leveling appliance feet are available.
The original feet are metric, but feet with a 3/8 inch bolt are very close. Stainless steel. Cost about $10 dollars each with shipping.
Easy to take off top of machine and replace rear ones.
Need small Phillips head screw driver and extension for socket wrench to remove/ tighten the nuts.
If you are need it today, you can make your own.
Go to any Ace Hardware that has stainless steel screws/ hardware.
Get two packs of their 2 inch furniture "sliders".
4 3/8x3/4 inch polished stainless steel bolts with the hex head
8 3/8 inch fender washers
4 3/8 inch washers
4 3/8 inch nuts
(All the above stainless steel)

To assemble you need a hex wrench to fit the bolt head, a utility knife, a small screw driver, and some glue.

Take two sliders and peel off the white adhesive layer. This leaves a black rubber gasket attached to the slider. Use utility knife to make 1/2 circle around the center of the rubber gasket. Under this you will find a small washer. Use screwdriver to pry it out.
Take one of the bolts with a washer and screw it into the existing hole. Head will settle into the hole you cut in the rubber gasket. Before set flush, put a small amount of glue under the head and washer and tighten.
Now take a second slider, remove white adhesive layer, cut out circle in gasket, and remove washer. Place glue on each black gasket and put together like a sandwich. I clamped mine together while glue dried.
I did try leaving on one layer of white adhesive and using it instead of glueing, looks like it should work as well. I just didn't want to mess with it again.
To assemble:
Put two fender washers on new foot (need this height so the electrical cord isn't pinched) and attach with washer and nut.
Took about 30 minutes to remove top of Rocket, build the feet, remove the existing feet, attach feet, and reassemble. Minus time on Internet, going to hardware store and figuring out how to assemble new feet. $32 in parts to make feet.
The sliders ake it very easy to move Rocket in and out from under the cabinet to fill the water, but you do have to hold the drip pan when tightening the head or the machine moves.

(Posted on 5/27/13)

6 years. No problems. Love it.

Review by
55
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Not much to say beyond my summary.
Use it every day.
Clean and backflush each morning.
Decalcify the tank every 3 months.
Need high quality burr grinder. Don't go cheap.
Will need to change grind with each new coffee.
Love it so much other coffee is disagreeable.
Buying an up grade so can plumb it in.
Taking old one to vacation home.
We tried going without it and failed.

(Posted on 4/14/13)

Excellent value for the money

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55
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Coming from a La Pavoni lever this machine seems too easy! I was pulling great shots in about 15 mins.

I really like the fit and finish especially given that the internals are basically the same as the V2 and Evoluzione models.

I have found that the boiler gets up to pressure in 10 minutes but would recommend that you wait 20 mins to let the heat soak the group head. Alternatively you can run some water through the group to cut a little time off, but make sure to let the machine recover.

Steaming is powerful! I am still learning how to work faster with the two hole nozzle on the wand. Additionally, I found that the machine does have the anti-burn and yes the ends do get hot.

If you're on a budget for a heat exchanger machine you can't do much better.

(Posted on 4/3/13)

So far so good

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I am still learning how to make the perfect espresso, but I have no complaints about my Rocket Classic except I keep thinking "Who do I think I am to have this machine?". So far the getting the milk right is the hardest part. I studied every good quality machine having already tried a super automatic and several other inferior types I don't need to mention. Since I like milk based drinks I decided on a heat exchange machine and it was between this one and the Oscar. The only negative comment I have is the description says it comes with a metal tamper, but only a cheap plastic one came with the unit, so I had to buy a Rattleware tamper.

(Posted on 4/2/13)

Description is not acurate

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The steam wand doesn't have the anti burn, you will get burn with this one.

Besides that is the same machine that Premium V2 and Evoluzione (less the insulated boiler and the rotary pump).

It is a great machine for the price.

[From Seattle Coffee Gear: The steam wand on this machine is the same insulated wand on all Rocket models. Please note the wand will be warm to the touch, but the steam tip will be extremely hot after use, as with all steaming tips.]

(Posted on 12/22/12)

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