Simply the best? We think so. The Rocket Giotto Premium Plus V2 is the pinnacle of the prosumer class of semi-automatic espresso machines. Giotto features a polished stainless steel and simple design, plus the E-61 brew group and powerful steaming capability to make ideal espresso shots. The upgraded Giotto Premium Plus V2 includes a copper-insulated boiler for efficient heat stability, dual manometers to sense brewhead pressure and a high-quality metal tamper.
Features & Functionality of the Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus
- 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.
- Twin Manometers: A display for both pump and boiler pressure allows you to fully understand the extraction parameters.
- 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.
|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.|
|Width||With Cup Rail: 13.0 inches | Without Cup Rail: 13.0 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|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Boiler Volume||1.8 liter|
|Reservoir Size||98 oz|
|Boiler Design||Heat Exchanger|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus
|What it Covers:||
Rocket Espresso machines
|Who Supports the Warranty:||Seattle Coffee Gear|
|Warranty Contact Information:||866-372-4734 or email us at [email protected]|
|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 Giotto Premium Plus
- Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
- Clean the brew gasket with a cleaning brush.
- Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
- Optional: Perform backflush routine and clean the filter basket each week.
- Keep the stainless-steel casing shiny with a microfiber cloth.
User Manuals for your Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus
Professional Grade MachineReview by Marty
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I have had the Giotto for about 3 months now and I love it. It took me a few tries to figure out the grind, coffee amount and tamping pressure but now that I have it figured out, I am making superb shots of espresso. And the steamer is quite powerful, too.
All in all, I am quite happy with this machine.
(Posted on 8/27/12)
Wow, just Wow....Review by Richard
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First, I hope it's legal to put my review here, since I actually have the previous, Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus (v1) machine, purchased right before this one came out....darn it. :-) That said, I hardly think they could take a step backward based on my two month's experience with ours, and I bet the guts are 95% the same, with the v2 adding only the extra pressure gauge for the brewhead and some boiler insulation.
My wife and I are fairly new to *real* espresso, and this is our second machine. Our first was an Illy x1 (for ground or pods), which we thought was impressive when we first bought but rapidly began to experience problems with. We kept it for almost 2 years, having to swap it out for a recondition under warranty in the first 6 months, and then just used it until it died. It would leak out around the brewhead if overfilled or grind was too fine, the needle valve to shut off steam was very rapidly galled and leaky, it took a fair amount of time to go from steam to brew temps, etc. etc. I considered trying to Frankenstein it with a replacement needle valve once the leaking became a pour out the steam side of the machine during brewing, but it fried its electronics before I finished sourcing parts. Oh well....whip out the credit card....
So, the Rocket. First off this thing is a beast. I'm only guessing but I think the main difference between the Giotto and the Cellini is just the extra angled side panels? If that's the only difference, then the Cellini might be a bit sleeker purchase, but otherwise I bet they're exactly the same height and internals. The finish is excellent, glowing, perfectly polished stainless, and you will find yourself polishing it with the supplied microfiber like an aging midlife-crisis bald male with his sportscar and a clean diaper...ahem. Sorry. Anyway, if I have any complaint about the overall finish and aesthetics its that I wish the huge Rocket engraved badge on the back were perhaps on the side or something, since our machine backs up to the backsplash on our countertop so it's wasted, and perhaps that there is a little discoloration on the corners of the drip tray where they spot-weld the sheet metal edges. Don't know how they could get away from this without a different forming technique, but those slight discolorations (barely visible beneath the grill) keep making me think we didn't clean the drip tray perfectly.
If you gather that a minor aesthetic quibble like that is my main complaint, indicating either I'm shallow or the machine is otherwise awesome, they you'd be right. More on the latter part. My wife actually still uses preground Illy dark and gets a thick rich crema every time. I use a locally medium-roast espresso blend (Oak Cliff Coffee, out of Dallas, that I can get usually within 2-3 days of roasting), although I confess we don't have a grinder and I still grind it at the store. It took a little experimenting to get the right cut, and I'm always paranoid that Central Market's grinder won't hold that level, but so far any variations can easily be compensated for with tamp pressure, once I got dialed in on their machines (3.625 on a scale of 10, for this particular one... ;-) ).
Using it is a breeze. Turn it on. Wait about 6 min and the boiler is hot and at full steam pressure of 1 bar. (You can hear it heating, then the boiler sealing as it hits temp...maybe it's some kind of pressure release valve like in a pressure cooker, because you may see a tiny bit of steam escaping around the cups on the warming tray up top just before this happens). If you want you can wait a few minutes longer to make sure the brewhead metal is all up to temp, but my wife (who tends to lattes where I do just espresso or sometimes americanos with a little of the hot water) just goes straight into steaming at this point.
Doublesleeved wand is great, you can touch it (before using at least...after, it's been in hot milk and even doublewalling doesn't keep it cool). Blow a little steam out to make sure there's no drips, then dip in your milk. She doesn't even seem to bother with the right surfing technique, just puts the pitcher down on the drip screen and starts to prep the portafilter for her shot, and goes by sound for the milk texture. There's lots of pressure and even a full pitcher has no issues steaming (except perhaps for overflowing as it puffs up). Steam off, quick wipe outside, blast a little steam to clean out the interior, mount the portafilter, and flip the lever. NO WAITING. Now we only have the v1 as I said above so we don't have the pressure gauge for the brewhead, only for the boiler, but I've watched and rarely see the boiler pressure drop. You can tell if your grind and tamp are right by the flow, a nice even but thin rat-tail with 25 or so seconds to make a shot. Lever down and the brewhead releases pressure to the drip tray - here it does spray just a little bit, requiring wipedowns on the bottom face of the machine - and then we release, smack the puck into our composter can, and run a little water again into a clean wide cup before wiping down the screen with a clean damp towel. We will brush up around the oring occasionally but rarely if ever find much up there, just squishing the rag in and doing a twist around usually gets out any muck. The supplied baskets seem to be very high quality and might have some sort of nonstick coating on them (?) If not they're just really well finished, they don't seem to build oil residue at all. We do clean regularly just to be sure, and we will finish each day with a couple backflushes with the supplied blank filter. One last tip, I also think it's a good idea to run a good sized cup of water out the hot water dispense each day, just in case any milk gets back up the nozzle from steaming. This is probably just safety on my part.
So we've had it for 2 months now, and have cleaned about every 2 weeks using a little Cafiza in the backflush, which will generate some brown icky...but I suspect much of that is in the down tube from the brewhead, since the filter screen always seems very clean from just wiping, and running just water into a cup with no fillter handle engaged rarely if ever has any visible debris. We have also been diligent about descaling twice now (TX water can be fairly hard with all the limestone), and the one tip here is make sure to run a LOT of water thru the hot water wand, since that's what really connects to the boiler interior (the water for the brew goes thru a tubing that threads inside the boiler, but doesn't really 'collect' as much). If you dont your next Americano after cleaning will have some nice citric sourness (ick). We do also make sure to run a little water thru the brewhead before making a shot if the machine has been sitting 'on' but idle for more than 10-15 min...the water in that tubing inside the boiler will get 'too' hot if its left to sit, unlike the fresh water from the reservoir that heats up to just the right temp as it makes its way during shot-pull.
-- This thing never seems to need to 'wait'. The only time I can get the pressure in the boiler to drop significantly is if I run a big cup of hot water out the right wand for oatmeal or something...even then pressure is back up in a few seconds. This indicates that boiler's got a lot of heat capacity, so if the v2 adds insulation to what's there already, whoa mama.
-- Reservoir is huge, and has nice plastic handles for lifting out. The little needle that feeds the machine has a seal so you can lift it out even if partially full for cleaning. Do suggest cleaning the reservoir fairly regularly.....it will get a little 'warm' just from being inside the machine, and bacteria love warm standing water.
-- Filters seem very nicely coated and finished, and the handle and pour spouts are integrated and solid metal, not some sort of plastic jobbie like on the Illy that always broke if you dared to just tamp with it on a counter.
--Warming tray does indeed get warm, significantly more so than on the little Illy
--Coming from the Illy's horribly weak needle valve seal for the steam, I have to say the Rocket's big easy-turn knobs and excellent valve hardware for both hot water and steam are top notch. You don't have to crank anything down to get it to seal...it's never leaked from the steam wand, not once. But when you open it a turn or two you sure get plenty out.
--Even on 120v it doesn't seem to have any issues with keeping temp and running the pump like the Illy did. Again, probably because it's got a good size, high-heat-capacity boiler so it takes a LOT of flow before it really needs to reheat, once it's up to temp.
-- I wish the big badge on the back showed. Maybe I need a new kitchen layout so we can put it out on the island...
-- This isn't a cheap machine. I know, I know, quality costs. I have to judge it a good value, although it was costly. It's nearly three times what we paid for the Illy, but clearly built way way better, and has none of the wait or leak or inconsistency issues, and twice the warranty which we hope never to have to take advantage of
-- That little bit of weld discoloration down inside the drip tray. Very minor, but since the rest of the machine's finish is so perfect it does tend to attract my eye.
-- I can't take it to work. It's too big. Seriously.
(Posted on 8/4/12)