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Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus - V2

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Modern and marvelous with high-end brewing capabilities, The Rocket Cellini Premium Plus (formerly the ECM Cellini) is an upgraded machine that promises heat sustainability and efficiency. With a heavy-duty polished stainless steel case, simple design, the E-61 brew group and powerful steaming, the Rocket Cellini Premium Plus is prepared to provide only the best tasting espresso. Included with the upgraded V2 model is a copper-insulated boiler, dual manometers and a high-quality plastic tamper.
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Modern and marvelous with high-end brewing capabilities, The Rocket Cellini Premium Plus (formerly the ECM Cellini) is an upgraded machine that promises heat sustainability and efficiency. With a heavy-duty polished stainless steel case, simple design, an E-61 brew group and powerful steaming, the Rocket Cellini Premium Plus is prepared to provide only the best-tasting espresso. Included with the upgraded V2 model is a copper-insulated boiler, dual manometers to sense brewhead pressure and a high-quality metal tamper.

Features & Functionality of the Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus V2

  • Insulated Boiler: Increases heat retention and thermal stability resulting in greater energy efficiency.
  • Copper Boiler: A 1.8 liter copper boiler retains the thick lead-free brass and plates and is now wrapped in a special insulating blanket. This reflects up to a 30 percent increase in thermal stability and energy savings of up to 22 percent.
  • Upgraded Tamper: These machines now include a metal tamper and are now up to par with the style and quality of the Rocket machine.
  • Stainless Steel Case: Finely crafted polished AISI 304 stainless-steel housing is beautiful and highly durable.
  • Professional-Class 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 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: Level control cuts the power circuit if water is low, with a microprocessor that automatically controls the level of the boiler and water reservoir. 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.
  • Copper-Plated Boiler - Increases thermal stability and gives you higher energy savings.
  • Ideal Shots - The Premium Plus 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.
  • Small Drip Tray - The drip tray is on the tiny side, so it fills up quite easily (though this could be a good thing).
  • Water Dispenser Design - When you turn the water dispenser inwards, it obstructs the brew lever, which is only a minor annoyance.
Ease of Use 3
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare?

The Premium Plus produces a perfect shot and steams milk like a pro, but it is not plumbable and features a vibratory pump.

Model Number RE782E3A11
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: 16.5 inches | Without Cup Rail: 15.0 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 46.3100
Watts 1200W
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Boiler Volume 1.8 liter
Reservoir Size 98 oz
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus - V2
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A shopper asked: Does the brew head manometer always have to be in the green band for the shot to be good? My machine will never hit that mark unless the machine is choking.

Apr 17, 2013
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William S: I'm not drinking straight espresso shots- mostly cappuccino so maybe my bad shots are masked by the other ingredients. But if my pressure is below the green, I grind finer or tamp tighter. Mostly I don't toss a shot unless I think I really messed it up. Low end of the green seems to be fine. Seems to match up with a 20 to 30 second extraction time. I don't start counting until the needle on the gauge starts to move off of zero. Apr 18, 2013
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Mark P: My manometer usually reads between 6 & 7 for my shots and they are great. My machine chokes at 8 and above as well. I'm not sure why they put that green mark there. It makes it seem like that would be the sweet spot for pulling a shot. I'm curious what everyone else experiences. Apr 18, 2013
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Jason B: All of my shots are in the green band between 8-9. I have to tamp decently hard to do this. Before learning this, my shots were being pulled too quickly. Try a finer grind and harder tamp. My shots are at around 25seconds for 2ozs Apr 18, 2013
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Gerald M: Not sure what you mean "machine is choking" but I don't really pay much attention to the meters unless I'm pulling more than 5 or 6 shots. I find that it works fine regardless. Apr 18, 2013
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Robert H: No it'll work fine for the shot. mine never gets in the green band and it pours great every time. Apr 19, 2013
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parker e: I have not found that to be the case. It seems to pull a good shot with any amount of pressure Apr 18, 2013
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Nick S: The answer is yes. If you want crema you need to put a lot of pressure on the coffee. If you go to a true espresso coffee house you will see the coffee come out of the machine very slowly. By the way, thanks for pointing out the green bar. I did not know it was there. The rocket is a great machine. Use mine every day, making at least 6 lattes every morning for family and friends.

Apr 21, 2013
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Aaron C: Thanks for your input guys. I'll keep dialing it in. Apr 20, 2013
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Mike F asked: Hi. I have been looking at the Cellini Premium Plus V2 for a while and really want to get it. Has anyone run a Cellini with a Baratza Virtuoso Preciso? I have this grinder and have listened and read all available Coffeegeek info on it and think it might work, but would love some insight. Thanks. Oct 2, 2013
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William P: Mike,

If I understand your question, I assume your concern is that the Preciso is not a high enough quality grinder to max out a high end espresso machine like the Cellini. If I'm wrong on that, feel free to write back and let me know what your concern is about the combination. I have a Vario, and not your grinder but I'll give you some thoughts that may or may not help.

First it may be the case that you will not have fine enough control of the grind settings to pull the best possible shot that this machine is capable of. But I will explain why I think that it doesn't necessarily matter in your situation since you own a grinder and might upgrade someday.

Conventional wisdom would have it that when buying both a grinder and a machine that you should consider the overall budget that you have. The grinder should then be a proportion of that budget (e.g. 25% or so). Under that logic, most would argue that if you were to buy a the Cellini your grinder should be more like $400-$500 minimum (e.g. a Vario on the low end like mine). Otherwise most argue that it would be better to consider a lower priced machine coupled with a higher priced grinder if your primary concern was the best shot for a fixed budget.

Since you own this grinder today, it is different if someday you might upgrade the grinder. If you never would, then the logic above applies. If you go for a better machine than needed today, you still have a path to upgrade that doesn't involve rebuying both.

This machine (+grinder) will pull a great shot and beat that massive coffee chain. Realize on those coffee sites, most of the people there are obsessed with differences that most people won't notice (i.e. your grinder is probably good enough). So you have to decide if the price is worth it, but it looks like an italian sports car on the countertop!

Also it depends on what you are making. If you are drinking only espresso straight you'll likely later want to upgrade the grinder. Hope this helps,

Oct 3, 2013
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Victor S: I just got a Cellini PP V2 about a month ago, and was rather horrified and quite depressed that all I was able to produce was just horrible sour espresso. I have a Rancilio Rocky grinder which because of it's cost, I assumed would be up to the task.

So I contacted SCG and their 1st response was that the RR was considered "entry level" for this type of machine particularly due to the fact that the RR is a step grinder and does not allow the fine tuning of a stepless grinder. That got me rather upset (especially after looking at the prices of stepless grinders) as I was relying on SCG for guidance and there is nothing on their site indicating that as a requirement. Had I known I probably would have gone with a different machine (although I do love the functionality and look of the Rocket).

Anyhow, after a few goes back and forth with SCG they recommended I replace the burrs in my RR and that since I don't have a stepless grinder I would have to play with and decide to either grind finer and tamp softer or grind coarser and tamp harder. I'm still playing with that. The new burrs did make a considerable difference, and now rather than horrible espresso I'm able to make palatable espresso. Good enough for a latte, but I still have not been able to find the right coarseness/tamp on shots where I like them straight. It looks like the Baratza you have does have a bit more adjustment (steps) than the RR grinder, so it might work just fine, but if no step quite fits then you may have to deal with the same coarse/fine tamp pressure rigmarole I have to with my RR. Also, I'm sure it would, but kind of hard to tell the size of the portafilter that that Baratza accommodates, so you may want to vet that out as well.

Also, one thing I would like to mention as I was not at all aware of this is that this machine takes ~40 minutes to get up to operating temperature which we get around with an electrical switch timer.

Good luck!
Oct 3, 2013
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Ana Maria P: Hi Mike, I have the Cellini Premium Plus with the Bartaza Vario grinder. I think that the grinder that you have will most likely do the job. The Vario has 240+ settings, which quite frankly are way more than what is needed. We actually had to get a ball park recomendation from the staff at Seattle Gear on where to start. We have found that minor adjustments are needed from bag to bag, but nothing significant. As you know the age, humidity, etc of the beans affects the grind. We are very pleased with the combination that we purchased from Seattle gear. I will say that it did take some practice to refine the technique of pulling a shot as well as steaming the milk with such a powerful machine. The on-line viideos were also a greaet resource. Oct 3, 2013
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Jonathan B: I have the Cellini Premium Plus V2 and the Baratza Preciso grinder (with the micro adjustment). The two work great together. I'm able to get great flavor and great crema most of the time. I am still mastering the art of getting the grind and tamp right when switching from one variety of bean to another. The micro adjust is great for fine tuning, though I don't think it's absolutely necessary. The grinder is very consistent, so once it's set, I don't touch it. Both the grinder and the Cellini work great. Oct 9, 2013
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Merton H: I don't have experience with the grinder about which you are asking. I bought 2 doserless Rocky Rancilio machines with which I am extremely pleased. They are only $50 more than the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso. Grinders do make a big difference.

By the way, The Cellini Premium Plus - V2 is a terrific machine.
Oct 3, 2013
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parker e: I run the V2 with a Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder and think it works great Oct 3, 2013
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Natalie asked: This may be a silly question but can you simultaneously pull a shot and steam milk on this machine? Sep 15, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this Rocket Cellini Premium Plus is a heat exchanger, and so you can brew a shot and steam milk at the same time. Sep 16, 2013
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Marcel Hatch asked: Can this machine be used in a small restaurant? How many shots per day is its capacity? Apr 28, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Rocket machines are not commercially rated, and so I would not recommend using this Cellini in even a small sized restaurant. I'd suggest looking at the machines under the "Cafe" tab on our page, or anything that is NSF rated for in your restaurant. The Epoca ST is a good choice that is commercially rated to handle the volume of a restaurant without voiding the warranty of the machine. Apr 28, 2013
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A shopper asked: Greetings,all! I have a quick question. Have a Cellini Premium Plus v 2 and *love* it. While experimenting with various espresso blends I want to adjust temps with some precision. I seem to recall that in one of the myriad of fine Seattle Coffee Works videos that featured Rockets, at some point Gail was working with a unit that had a thermometer installed. What models of thermometers should one consider adding to a Cellini? Any favorites? Jan 27, 2013
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Merton H: Hi Seattle Coffee Gear Customer,

I too remember seeing a video with a thermometer installed in the E61 group brew head.

A quick google of "brew head thermometer" came up with many hits.

Good luck to your customer. I'd like to know if the temperature makes much difference. With V2, I just try to get the grind to that the right-hand pressure gauge is between 1 and 1.5 and it seems to work great. Perhaps a digital thermometer makes more of a difference with V1? Time works too, though.


Jan 28, 2013
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Teri KStaff: In the past we did offer a few thermometers for use at the Rocket brewhead, but we found that we can actually get great shots without it, so we no longer offer any thermometers for these machines. Jan 28, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus V2

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
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 Premium Plus V2

  • 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 Premium Plus V2

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Best machine we've ever purchased

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Love this machine; I am a perfectionist when it comes to lattes. This machine enables me to make professional barista quality lattes. The machine is beautiful to look at, too, when not in use. Easy to clean as well.

(Posted on 1/26/14)

Minor product problem, major retailer problem.

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This espresso machine had an issue with the steam pressure gauge after two months. The connection to the steam pressure gauge melted causing a malfunction.

The problem was easily fixed with a part shipped from Seattle Coffee Gear in four hours and arrived in two days.

Unfortunately, I purchased my machine from Whole Latte Love who is still working on how to procure the part 4 months later.

(Posted on 1/23/14)

love it every day

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I have been thinking and planning to purchase a real good espresso makers for years. Then finally I took action and after doing some research and loving all the video demos of Gale, I decided on this machine. The only problem is, I don't like outside coffee anymore, just me own!!! Buy good beans though , luckily we have a great roasting company near where we live, there's no point in having a machine like this unless you can get great beans.

(Posted on 1/20/14)

INCREDIBLE machine!!!

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This Rocket is ,as we had hoped,THE perfect espresso machine. Pulls beautiful shots and the steam is to die, powerful, and dry steam, easily produces"wet paint" micro-foam. LOVE the lever and knob features rather than buttons to push. VERY, VERY easy machine to learn and operate. With regular cleaning and maintenance, this looks to be a long-term fixture.

(Posted on 11/16/13)

Everything I Was Looking For

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Let me start out by saying that not only do I love this machine that I just got in the mail yesterday, but I also love this website. The videos, reviews, payment options, and price match compared to other stores was the main reason I bought from Seattle Coffee Gear. Keep up the great work guys!

For the machine, it was everything I was looking for in this price range. At first, I was looking at automatics and semi-automatics. There are so many bad reviews for any brand out there, so my heart was on a manual machine like this Rocket one. Once I saw the Rocket model line, I knew I had to have a Rocket. These machines are sleek, small, metal-all-around, and just good looking machines to say the least.

I chose this machine because it came with the metal tamper included ($70 separate), the tank was insulated (better for soft-commercial use), and it looks better than the classic with the finished sides (who wants an espresso machine looking like Mr. Coffee?).

All that aside, this machine works fantastic and the second gauge helps you know if you have the right pressure in the porta-filter. As a novice in espresso making, I am on the pathway to great espresso!

The steam wand is easy to use. I also recommend a great grinder for your machine. I purchased a Baratza Preciso and I love it.

Get this machine or any Rocket model!

(Posted on 8/21/13)

Looks and works impressively

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I loved my Rancilio Silvia for 3 years, but making espresso for more than one person at a time is impossible. I was looking for good, consistent foaming performance. With the Rocket I found what I was looking for. Awesome performance, and looks fabulous in my kitchen. Super easy to use (even my husband could make espresso.) The expense stung my budget, but in the long run it will save me money, by not going to the coffee stand.
I've been shopping with SCG for many years now and purchased different machines in the past, I am impressed with their knowledge, service and selection. Love the videos Kat and Gail!

(Posted on 6/17/13)

Worth every penny!

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We loved our Silvia for five years but it took forever to make two Venti lattes. Finally bit the bullet and purchased the Cellini. Easy to use, great espresso, and fast! Still working on my latte art but this machine is worth every extra penny!

(Posted on 1/11/13)

LOVE this machine!

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I had been using the Rancilio Silvia for 4 years with little to no complaints other than the fact that it took forever to make lattes/cappuccinos.
After researching a lot of Dual Boiler and HX machines, I finally decided to settle on the Premium Plus V2 Cellini and am in LOVE this machine! Pulls a perfect shot every time. Very easy to use, clean and I always have a good amount of steam available on the fly to make micro foam for latte art. Very Beautiful machine too! Don't have any complaints yet!

(Posted on 6/14/12)


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New to espresso but I did a lot of research prior to choosing the Cellini V2. The machine is beautiful, solid and functional. I purchased it along with a Vario grinder and am having a great time learning to tamp, time and dial my shots. I have a long way to go but, even for an absolute beginner, a little bit of preparation results in espresso shots and lattes that beat a well-known chain every time on taste and consistency. My boiler appears to be set at about 0.9 bar but I have plenty of steam pressure and do minimal cooling flushes for the correct brew temperature. I'm not going to fuss over this since higher boiler pressure could mean longer cooling flushes and more steam power than I can currently handle. How is the steaming? Lots of steam but lots of operator error at the moment. I'm going to practice with soap and water until I become proficient. Some could say I should have started with a cheaper machine but, I keep things for years and know I will grow into the Cellini. I love it already.

Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean


(Posted on 5/22/12)

Some simple changes for perfection

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This machine is gorgeous and makes amazing espresso and cappuccino. I think that the accessibility of the lever is too difficult. Although I knew this when I bought the machine I think that the price of this product merrits a reconfiguration of the parts. In the age of kitchen gadgets designed by oxo and Zyliss to be beautiful and perfectly functional I think that all kitchen appliances should take into account optimum ergonomics. In short, Rocket should hire a good industrial designer. Although some features could be more focused on real behavior, rocket hits the nail on the head by creating a machine that is easily repaired with a classic beautiful design.

Great Taste, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Quiet, Design built to repair

Messy, Hard To Clean, Components are too close

(Posted on 5/12/12)

Intimidating but it is SIMPLE and EASY.

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I make 2-4 12 ounce Latte every morning, then in the afternoon before and after dinner espresso. We figure that with the equipment cost and the Rocky burr grinder and the cost of coffee etc. it will have paid itself off in 335 days based on coffee shop prices. Best milk pitcher we think is by cafelat. Storing clean empty pitcher in the freezer gives me a few more seconds to have close to velvety soy... yummmmm love this machine. To enjoy the system one thing you MUST DO is watch all the video that comes with it specially from SCG Gail covers everything you will ask about it and all the stuff. Also best customer service ever from store visit experiences we had.

Great Taste, Designed for ease of use, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Large Water Container

Tamper is not smooth, Plastic cup railing

(Posted on 4/25/12)

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