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Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus with PID

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Contemporary yet classic, the Rocket Cellini Premium Plus with PID has incorporated all the high-end features of the previous V2 model, as well as cleverly including an integrated PID for additional temperature control. Adding precision without obscuring the Cellini’s beauty, the new PID controller is artfully constructed inside the Cellini’s drip tray. Prior to brewing, simply program the PID to your desired brew temperature, reattach the drip tray and be swept away to brewing bliss.
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Contemporary yet classic, the Rocket Cellini Premium Plus with PID has incorporated all the high-end features of the previous V2 model, as well as cleverly including an integrated PID for additional temperature control. Adding precision without obscuring the Cellini’s beauty, the new PID controller is artfully constructed inside the Cellini’s drip tray. Prior to brewing, simply program the PID to your desired brew temperature, reattach the drip tray and be swept away to brewing bliss.

Features & Functionality of the Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus with PID

  • Hard-Working Boiler: The insulated 1.8 liter copper boiler with two lead free end plates work to maintain thermal retention and brew your espresso at the ideal temperature every time.
  • Durable Case: The highly durable case is constructed of AISI 304 stainless steel.
  • E-61 Brew Head: Brew your favorite espresso blend on this highly sought-after brew head.
  • Pre-Infusion: Both the Rocket Cellini & Giotto Premium Plus with PID boast a dual pre-infusion system that provides a smooth espresso extraction, as well as exceptional body and crema.
  • Cup Rack: Removable cup rack is included and can be easily installed in the comfort of your own home.
  • Removable Water Reservoir: Refill the 98-ounce water tank by removing it, or simply lift the lid and refill from a pitcher.
  • Warning Light: A handy light located at the bottom left corner of the machine will let you know when the water level is low and when the machine is ready to brew.
  • PID: The masterfully hidden PID provides additional temperature control while not overshadowing the Cellini’s beauty.
  • Dual Barometers: Dual pressure gauges at the front of the machine allow you to monitor the brew and steam pressure while creating your perfect cup.
  • Anti-bake Wand - The cool-touch technology and internal insulation makes cleaning the steam wand a cinch!
  • Modern Marvel - The high grade stainless steel and sleek design may have your guests thinking you’re collecting art in your kitchen.
  • Powerful Steaming - Create excellent milk texture that any barista would be proud to call their own.
  • Heated Wand - While the anti-burn steam wand technology is ideal for cleaning leftover milk after frothing, it does not guarantee the wand will be cool to the touch. Try to avoid skin contact immediately after use.
  • Muscle Required - The water reservoir is removable, but definitely requires effort to completely detach from the machine.
  • Degree Measurement - We love the new PID, but Westerner’s may find measuring the degrees in celsius a bit confusing. Luckily, a handy temperature conversion chart is included for those partial to fahrenheit.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 3
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? The Cellini Premium Plus with PID operates and functions exactly like its V2 predecessor, but with an integrated PID for temperature control.
Tips and Tricks A few helpful hints about the PID display:
  • When the PID display indicates "off," the heating element is also off and will not heat in this mode.
  • A visible dot will display at the bottom right corner of the PID controller when the heating element is being powered.
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.) 50.0000
Watts 1350W
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Cup Clearance 3.5 inches
Boiler Volume 1.8 liter
Reservoir Size 98 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 11 minutes
Warm Up: Steam Time 11 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus - V3
Already Asked: 5 Questions, 11 Answers
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Jay D asked: Does the PID unit remember the settings if left powered off? I am interested to know if it has any kind of timer or way to save power.

Aug 11, 2014
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Manjola U: Yes, Once you program the PID to your desired temp, I have mine at 121. the machine will remember it no matter of hte machine is on or off, plugged or unplugged. To my knoweldge there is not ppower saving timer or else. Aug 13, 2014
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Taylor: Yes, once you set the PID it does not change unless you change it. The PID turns on and off with the machine. Aug 12, 2014
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Chris M: I have changed my PID to122. It stays programmed to that setting even after unplugging power to the unit. Aug 13, 2014
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Ronald A: Haven't played with PID as yet. I use a wall outlet timer to turn on unit before I wake morning Aug 13, 2014
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Paul S asked: Does this unit require a cooling shot before use? All of the videos I have seen so far don't show one being done, but many of the blogs read that all heat exchange machines require you to flush water before the first use to lower the water temperature. Thanks! Aug 18, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, if the water in the brew head has not been flushed recently then a cooling flush would lower the temperature and provide best results for this Rocket Cellini or any e-61 brew head machine. During videos we may not always show this, or sometimes just plain forget when thinking about other details! If you just brewed a shot, this detail is also not necessary, as the previous shot has cooled down the brew head a bit. I hope this clarifies! Aug 19, 2014
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Paul S: Thanks, I am still learning, but I am starting to get some pretty amazing shots from this machine. The Seattle Coffee Gear staff in Portland did a great job. I would recommend decaf when you are learning, I didn't sleep at all the night after I got my Cellini. Cheers. Aug 19, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hello! My question is about the dimensions and warm up. The advertised dimensions are 12w x 17d x 15 (without cup rails).

1. Is the 17" depth from the back of the machine to the end of the drip tray? Or does that 17" include to the end of the portafilter?

2. About 3 to 4" of the left side will have to sit under my cabinets which have a 17.75" clearance. What is access to the tank like? Is it a hinged door? A flat plate that lifts up and out? Could I fill the tank on the right side?

3. Advertised warm up is 11 minutes. I take it that is from a cold start? That is fast as I've been reading 20,30 even 45 min warm ups on other machines.

Aug 7, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Rocket Cellini is 17 inches deep from the back of the machine to the end of the drip tray, and the portafilter extends out about another 5 inches. We do recommend leaving the portafilter attached to the machine at all times to keep the brew head gasket moist, so with the portafilter the machine ends up being about 22 inches deep. The water tank is accessed from the top, and there is a small cover/lid that lifts off to allow you to pull the tank straight up to remove it. When you want to add water to the tank, you will likely be able to pour in from the right side where you don't have a cabinet above, however on occasion you would want to move the machine to pull out and clean the tank. The machine will be hot within the boiler after 11 minutes, however we recommend a 30 minute heat up time to ensure that the portafilter and brew head are also hot, so you're not running your nice hot espresso through the metal of a cold portafilter. Hope this helps! Aug 7, 2014
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William Z: Yes, thank you! With warm up, are there any issues with attaching a timer so it's ready to go in the morning? Once it is on, can it stay on all day if you wanted? Thanks again. Aug 7, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Since this machine is 1350 watts you'll need something heavy duty, but yes, as long as you are using a properly rated wall timer you can certainly have the machine turn on and begin to heat up for you in the morning. Yes, the machine can be left on throughout the day. We keep ours here in the showroom on from 7am to about 6pm, and just turn it off at night. Let me know if you have other questions! Aug 8, 2014
Forest asked: Hi Sir/Madam,

Two questions:
1) Are there temper, single filter holder, and double filter holder in the box when I buy this machine?
2) Is that a simple temper or a good metal temper?


Jun 27, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this Rocket Cellini V3 includes a tamper, along with single and double portafilters and baskets. The included tamper is an aluminum model that is a medium weight and works for most folks, so I would suggest giving it a try before you invest in an alternative option. Jun 30, 2014
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Forest: Thanks for your answer. I have bought one. It's very nice!

Jul 2, 2014
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Manjola U asked: I just got this machine today and cannot say hi excited I have been to the idea of it. I tried making espresso with already ground coffee, but it did not come out good and no cream at all and I am suspecting that the grind might have something to do with it. What do you think? What grinder, without breaking the wallet (already emptied it buying the machine), would you recommend?
I also tried frothing milk, but this also ams out without any bubbles. I have already watched the videos you have on milk frothing, but again, any further advice would be helpful
Last but not least, the PID? It was already set for 121 Celsius (I am from Europe, so this is actually the one easy thing) and reading the manual it would appear to be a good tempt for the boiler. Any further thoughts into how the temperature can impact the espresso quality (I love the velvety creamy one) or the milk frothing?

Sorry for the too many questions, it's just that the machine is quite new and there aren't many reviews and or tips about it yet.
Thanks, Manjola
May 14, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, the Rocket machines like this Cellini will absolutely require a good quality grinder for best results and will not perform well using preground coffee. At minimum, I would say to consider the Baratza Virtuoso grinder, or move up to something like the Rancilio Rocky. For milk frothing, the biggest tip is just to practice. For this machine, I would recommend using a 20 oz frothing pitcher filled about halfway full. The PID is advantageous because you are able to play around with different temperatures for best results depending on the coffee you are using. I would wait until you get a good quality grinder and get the grind dialed in (so for a double shot, look for 2 ounces of liquid to be extracted in 20-30 seconds) to adjust the temperature, though, as the coffee won't taste very good until the grind is dialed in. Keep practicing! May 16, 2014
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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus with PID

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 with PID

  • 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 with PID

Great looks, easy to use and great espresso.

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I should start this review with a disclaimer of sorts; this is my second machine. My first being a Saeco Aroma.. which I considered the equivalent of using my toes to test pool water. I may have skipped over the Rancillo and Oscar just because I knew I'd end up here anyways.

Aesthetically the Rocket series is beautiful.. unless you don't like shiny metal, but why wouldn't you? It's also easy to clean.

As far as ease of use; I had never pulled a shot with a normal portafilter before I bought this machine. I'll admit that set me behind a bit, but after a day of working on it I was doing good. SCG has some good videos as well as youtube for tips on how to do it properly.

Pay attention to the guages on the front while using the machine, it speeds up dialing in your grind and your tamp.

As I only have an Aroma to compare to.. the steam power on this unit is immense, and I've still not mastered it. I have managed to get a paint like texture twice.. I figure another 3 gallons of milk and II'll have it down.

The machine recovers fast enough that I can make 4 double shots when friends are over and not feel like I've missed out on visiting with them.

I like the PID on the machine and it is simple to use, the book had a conversion chart in it, the videos you see of this model sometimes show a loose insert.

The one thing I was not super happy with was the cup tray rail.. it's smoked Plexiglas and mine does not sit flat. The stainless steel one looks nice but on Rocket's Facebook they showed some concept pictures for a black anodized rail and a polished copper.. which I think would look very nice. I'm not really worried about it though as I don't intend to keep the one it ships with.

Overall I'm extremely happy .

(Posted on 8/2/14)

Would recommend if can afford

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Great machine, had a mid-range Breville for many years, it didn't produce great espresso, and was more of a glorified 1 serving coffee machine, an over extracted brew.

I have the Rocket on a timer to turn-on 45 min before use in the morning, I like the boiler at temp for a period of time where the entire head heats up. Produces great espresso shots and superb milk frothing. Machine is pricey, but worth it you plan having it for many years, and it keeps you out of the coffee shops.

Need a good grinder. Purchased a Baratza Forte and returned it, couldn't get it to give a consistent grind. IMO, this grinder adjustment mechanism is not a robust design. Whether something went awry in shipping, or it needed some other tweaking...what ever the issue...IMO a good design should withstand the shipping and use environment, and be easy to adjust without disassembly, and hassle, ect.

I then purchased a Mazzer Mini. Within two cycles of fine adjustment tuning was able to achieve great espresso shots. Couldn't be happier, for same price range, I would recommend this grinder over the Baratza.

(Posted on 8/1/14)

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