Rocket Espresso

  • Video Roundup: 11/1/2019

    Hello friends!

    It's time yet again for another weekly video roundup here at SCG! We've got 4 videos hot off the press for you this week, let's get started!

    First, we've got John with a review of the Rocket Espresso Boxer Timer One Group:

    Next is a much requested comparison between the Philips Carina and the Saeco Vienna, should you think about upgrading?

    Then Clementine offered up a tasty treat for this magical season:

    Last but not least, Allie provided some helpful tips and tricks for the Izzo Vivi PID Pro:

    And that's all for now! We'll be back next week with loads more to share.

  • The Importance of Timing and Weighing Your Shots

    Pulling the perfect shot of espresso is a learning experience. It's not easy to go from beginner to proficient at such a delicate process. We've talked in the past more generally about ways to improve your espresso game. Today we wanted to take a look at timing and weighing shots, two key components of brewing great espresso!

    Shot Weight

    Shot weight is important because, as with drip coffee, ratio is key. You need the right amount of water to pass through just the right amount of ground coffee. This ensures that the chemical process of coffee and water molecules bonding takes place. For drip coffee, using a 1:16 ratio of coffee to water is pretty standard. Due to espresso's more concentrated, syrupy nature and the pressure from brewing, 1:2 coffee to water is a good starting point. Using a scale to weigh your shot as it pulls is key here! While you can also use a shot pitcher that measures volume, a scale gives you more freedom. With it, you can brew to exact ratios and try different amounts of coffee and water.

    The important thing here is making sure your scale can accommodate you portafilter for weighing grounds AND be small enough to fit under the brewhead. Examples like the Acaia Lunar are small enough to fit under brew spouts and can be combined with plates to fit portafilters.

    Shot Timing

    In order to manage the perfect extraction, the amount of time a shot takes to pull is very important. Most of the time you'll be aiming for your shot to pull in 20-30 seconds. For more adventurous recipes you might use different timings. If your shot pulls very fast it could mean that you need a finer grind or a tighter tamp. Too long and you may need the opposite. In either case, without timing your shots you'll never know for sure.

    Poorly extracted shots can taste sour or bitter, just generally bad. If the timing is good and you use the right volume of coffee and water, you know that it's a problem with the bean! Many scales offer shot timers, but to truly measure down to the millisecond, try to find a brewer with one built in. Timers on machines will usually start automatically when the shot begins to pull. This ensures everything is synced up exactly. Check out this year's the Rocket Giotto for a great machine with built in timer.

    We hope this article drives home the important of adding a timer and scale to your espresso setup!

  • Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato Timer Review

    Rocket Espresso makes some of the most impressive home espresso machines on the market. This is a manufacturer that has spent decades merging machine innovation with classic Italian design, and it shows. New this year are Rocket Espresso's models with timers. Both the Type V and Type R model received this timer update. We figured this would make now the perfect time to revisit these excellent machines!

    Appearance and Usability

    Both versions of the Mozzafiato feature Rocket Espresso's stunning case design. We often hear folks comparing these machines to other Italian espresso machines, but they are really a cut above. The solid stainless steel casing, industrial dials and gauges, and tactile controls and steam wand/water dispenser are a cut above the competition in the looks department. Other simple accents like the fact that you can hide the PID controller and the integrated cup rails are nice touches. Finally, the adjustable feet will help you slide these machines under your cabinets. All of this combined makes this a stunning machine that will turn heads and excited guests to try out a latte or americano.

    The visual difference between the Type V and the Type R is pretty minimal. The Type R's gauges feature a black background, while the Type V's are white. The biggest 2019 update to these machines is the integrated shot timer. While not brewing, this unassuming cutout really blends into the machine. While brewing, it's an easy to read (and handy) tool for making sure your shots are consistent.

    Using either of these machines is a real joy. The dials for the hot water and steam feel mechanical and satisfying, and respond well. The same can be said for the brew lever. Flipping it up and down gives you full control over the pump without buttons and touchscreens getting in the way. The aforementioned shot timer will allow you to get a perfect idea of how your shot pull is faring. This allows you to ensure that your espresso is pulling in 20-30 seconds, but can help you dial in longer shots for tricky single origins as well. This works especially well when paired with a scale like the Acaia Luna.

    Powerful steaming allows you to steam perfect latte milk to go with your carefully crafted shot as well. Lastly, the PID controller allows you to set and control the temperature of the boiler, and is controller with a handy connected remote. This can be hidden under or behind the machine to keep it from clashing with the look of the rest of the machine.

    Performance

    The inside of these machines is really where they go from great to fantastic. Both the Type V and Type R versions come equipped with a 1.8 liter heat-exchanger boiler. On a basic level, this means that you'll be able to brew espresso and steam milk at the same time on these machines. The Type R even comes with an insulated boiler, helping the machine to retain heat and use power more efficiently. Either way, with PID controlled temps, hot water,  steam, and espresso are all always just a twist or flip away. Both of these machines feature an E61 grouphead, which keeps the brew unit and the portafilter heated. This means that water doesn't lose as much heat when flowing through your coffee grounds. The result is better shots, pulled at the exact right temp. This is very important for recreating café quality espresso, just don't touch the brewhead!

    Pushing the water through the grouphead and your ground coffee is a powerful pump. On the Type V, this means a vibratory pump similar to the one found in the Apartamento. This powerful pump uses a three-way solenoid valve to manage pressure, and will perform for many years. The Type R features a rotary pump, which allows you to plumb the machine as well. This plumbing option is great if you're setting up a dedicated bar in your home and don't want to fiddle with a water tank.

    As already noted, the steam on these machines is excellent, allowing you to steam milk as well as they do at your favorite café. Ultimately, this means that with enough practice, you'll be brewing up cappuccinos and lattes to rival the best baristas in town.

    Conclusion

    The Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato line is, simply put, an excellent legacy machine. You can buy a brewer like this and not have to worry about upgraded or replacing for decades with the proper care. It's hard to imagine a better offer at its price point. Shop the Mozzafiato here.

     

  • Crew Review: Rocket Espresso Mazzer Grinder

    The Rocket Espresso Mazzer Coffee Grinder is the grinder of our dreams. In case you haven't been able to tell, we are in love with our Rocket Espresso machines. From build quality to looks, Rocket makes some excellent espresso machines. So you know when they teamed up with Mazzer to created the Rocket Espresso branded Mazzer Mini Electronic Grinder we got a little giddy.Rocket Mazzer Grinder

    The Rocker Espresso Mazzer Mini Electronic Grinder Type A is a stepless grinder. It features large 64mm stainless steel flat burrs. This grinder is absolutely on the prosumer side of things. This grinder can do anything from French Press to turkish. However, because it is stepless, it can be very difficult to dial your grinder back in. Sticking with a certain type of preparation is sound advice when using this coffee grinder. You can of course switch from course to fine, just be prepared for a headache in the process!

    The hopper that comes with this grinder can hold over a pound of beans, 1.3 pounds to be exact! Because of the size of this hopper, the grinder stands particularly tall--coming in at 18 inches in height. So if you are planning on using this in a kitchen, measure your cabinet height!

    Watch our full Crew Review of this commercial style coffee grinder for all the stats and to see it in action! Click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel! 

  • Comparison: Musica vs. Premium Plus

    It's time for another head to head comparison! This week, we have the Nuova Simonelli Musica vs. Premium Plus with PID from Rocket Espresso!

    Two heat exchangers, both from an Italian company. So which is best for you? Let's take a closer look at the features and find out!

    Musica vs. Premium PlusFirst up, the Nuova Simonelli Musica. This espresso machine features a 2 liter brass and copper boiler. The water reservoir holds 3 liters of water, which is on the larger size for this type of machine. The Nuova Simonelli Musica takes about 25 minutes to heat up to brew temperature, not too bad for a 1200 Watt machine. We love the look of this machine, it features a lighted edge which can be turned off if you are not in the mood. The steam tip on this machine is the same steam tip that Nuova Simonelli uses on the machines it provides for the National Barista Championships.

    Musica vs. Premium PlusThe Premium Plus with PID from Rocket Espresso features a 1.8 liter brass and copper boiler. So the two machines are pretty comparable in that department. The Rocket Espresso Premium Plus heats up to brew temperature in just 11 minutes. The steam wand is a no burn steam wand. That means it is insulted so that the milk won't immediately burn on contact. However, you should still be wiping and purging the wand immediately after frothing milk. We do love the contemporary look that all of Rocket's machines have. It truly looks great in any environment.

    Watch our full comparison in the video below! Still want some more information? You can read about all the specs for the Musica here, and the Premium Plus here.

     

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  • Crew Review: Rocket Espresso Boxer

    The Rocket Espresso Boxer commercial espresso machines are the latest set of machines that have impressed us. The Rocket Espresso Boxer comes in a one group version and a two group version, perfectly suited for any volume.

    Rocket Espresso takes pride in their finished design, keeping with their iconic contemporary look for these machines. The stainless steel and aluminum finish will look great in any environment and truly give your customers something to look at.

    Both machines come with two cooltouch stainless steel steam wands. Something you won't find on many one group machines. The steaming power on these machines won't disappoint either. Be sure to check out the Crew Review videos below for a demonstration of the steaming capabilities!

    Both Rocket Espresso Boxer models have microprocessor controlled electronics, allowing you to program your drinks volumetrically. The Boxer 1 group allows for four individual volumes to be programmed, while the Boxer 2 group allows for up to eight different volumes. The Rocket Espresso Boxer also has a manual switch to bypass all the electronic programming. This is a great feature that will keep your down time to minimum, should your electronics ever fail.

    Be sure to watch the full Crew Reviews below! Have any questions? Connect with our commercial team here.

     

     

  • Comparison: 3 Different Espresso Machines

    So 3 different espresso machines walk into a coffee bar. A semiautomatic, a superautomatic, and a hybrid. The barista asks, "What's so special about you?" (referring to the hybrid).  To which Gail responds, let me tell you!

    Ok, maybe we should stick to just drinking coffee and leave the jokes to the professionals. Either way, in our quest to demystify the Breville Oracle, the hybrid espresso machine, we decided to compare it to a semiautomatic and a superautomatic so that we can show off what it encompasses from both families.

    3 different espresso machinesThe Rocket Giotto Premium Plus with PID is our semiautomatic in this comparison. A classic heat exchanger machine with an E-61 brew head. The steam power on this machine is excellent, but the home barista will need to practice in order to get the perfect milk for their lattes.

    3 different espresso machinesThe Breville Oracle is similar to the Rocket Giotto in that they both have a full sized 58mm portafilter. But what makes the Oracle more like a superautomatic is the internal grinder and tamper. The oracle allows you to adjust the tamp pressure and dosage, but the control you have is still limited when compared to the Rocket.

    The Saeco Exprelia Evo, our superautomatic in the lineup, features 3 different espresso machinesboth an auto milk system and a traditional steam wand. The Oracle also has an auto milk system, but we think it acts more like a traditional steam wand than anything. On the Oracle, you can adjust the temperature you want your milk to get to as well as your desired foam amount.

    Watch our full comparison video below to learn more about these three espresso machines. Which one is the best fit for you?

     

     

  • Unboxing A Rocket Espresso Machine

    Rocket EspressoWe love our Rocket Espresso Machines. We really do. They are powerhouse machines that look amazing on your counter.

    Rocket Espresso has recently changed their packaging and as a result Gail wanted to open one up! So we gave her a box cutter and said "have at it!"

    We let her open up a Cellini Evoluzione, but no matter the model you personally get this is what it will look like when you get to open it up yourself.

    Watch as Gail shows you all the accessories and some helpful hints on how to get your brand new espresso machine out of the box and pulling espresso shots!

     

     

  • Ask Andrew From Rocket: Tight Water Tank?

    rocket water tankWe had Andrew from Rocket Espresso take over our Ask Gail segment! Since we had a few questions specifically about the Rocket machines we thought it would be best to ask him directly!

    On this episode we had Andrew give us an explanation as to why on some of the newer machines the water tank feels more snug. It turns out they changed a rubber gasket to make the water tank more impervious to leaks!

    Andrew shows us the change and gives us a few tips for getting the water tank out of the machine. So be sure to check out the video below!

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  • SCG In Portland: Rocket Machines

    Continuing our trip to Portland, Gail took a moment to look at all the Rocket Machines. Rocket has some of the best looking machines on the market, clean and traditional are a couple of words that come to mind.

    The top of the line is the double boiler machine, the R58. It is Rocket Machinesplumbable or you can run it off the water tank that comes with, the choice is truly yours! And boy can this machine steam milk! The service boiler (as it is called in Italy) is very powerful and something to get used to when you first open up your machine.

    Next up in the Rocket Machine line up is the Evoluzione model. This model is available to both the Cellini look or the Giotto look (straight or beveled sides). The Evoluzione is a single boiler machine but also has the ability to be plumbed if you are looking to get rid of your water tank.

    AnRocket Machined finally you have the Rocket Premium Plus with PID. The Premium Plus with PID also comes in both the Cellini or Giotto look, but is not able to be plumbed in. But, like the name suggests, it comes with a PID. The PID allows you to set the water temperature so you can really dial in your espresso shots.

    Watch the video to see each of these machines side by side... by side! And if you haven't already, subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here!

     

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