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Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione Espresso Machine - V2

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Product Description

The Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione model goes both ways with its easily convertible water source functionality. Set the Giotto Evoluzione up to use the internal water reservoir or plumb it directly into a water source. Rounding out this upgraded semi-automatic machine's features: a quieter rotary pump, dual gauges for both boiler and brew head pressure readings, the renowned E-61 brew group and an included high-quality metal tamper. A joy to use!

Features & Functionality of the Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione

  • Insulated Boiler: This reflects up to a 30 percent increase in thermal stability and energy savings of up to 22 percent.
  • Copper Boiler: A 1.8 liter copper boiler is now wrapped in a special insulating blanket.
  • Upgraded Tamper: These machines now include a metal tamper that is up to par with the style and quality of the Rocket brand.
  • 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.
  • Rotary 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.
Pros
  • Plumbable - We love the flexibility of being able to plumb this model or simply use it as a tank model. This is a great option for those who want to start with a tank version and then later plumb it in.
  • Ideal Shots - The Giotto 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
  • 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
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare?

The Rocket Giotto Evoluzione V2 line features the same upgraded rotary pump as the R58, eliminating back pressure from the boiler and making it plumbable.

Additional Information

Model Number RE772E3A11
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.) 61.5000
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
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
Water Sources Convertible - Internal Reservoir or Plumbed in
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Well I'm looking to start a coffee stand. Would this machine work well? I'm not expected like, 200+ cups a day, just a small stand at a camp ground I will be working at throughout the summer in efforts to encourage people to stay and chill at the camp ground rather then leaving to get their coffee in the morning, and throughout the day. Would this machine be able to keep up with business if say I had a line up of people?
Cameron S on Mar 19, 2014
Best Answer: No, this Rocket machine is not NSF certified, and so I would not recommend it for commercial use. The Nuova Simonelli Musica or the Rancilio Epoca would be good choices, and you would also need a good quality grinder, perhaps one from Mazzer. For further assistance, give us a call to speak with commercial sales! 866-372-4734
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 20, 2014
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Hi there,
I'm due for a new espresso machine and am loving what I'm learning about the Rocket Giotto. My only concern is the height: my kitchen has cabinets that are 17.75" above the counter. Without the cup rail, I see the specs have the height at 15" -- is that just too tight or is it workable? Is that height adjustable at all?

I'd appreciate any thoughts, thank you!
Chris
Chris M on Apr 26, 2013
Best Answer: Unfortunately the height is not adjustable on the Rocket machines, but the height without the rail on the Giotto Evolution is exactly 15 inches. With the rail the height is 16 1/4 inches. Are you planning to plumb in the machine, or use the tank? If you plumb in the machine, there will not be an issue, but if you use the tank, the height constraight would make filling difficult unless you used a sprayer hose from you sink or something similar.Hope this helps!
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I love the Rocket,. I worked as a barrista for six years in collge and grad school using a professional Pasquini that was very hands on, so I feel right at homw with this guy.

My question: Can any one make any espresso recommendations? I've used the Veltons and Lavazza, but both taste a little sour as striaght espresso. The caps, lattes, and Americanos have been great, but I'm struggling to get a great pure espresso.
Dave A on Oct 7, 2014
Best Answer: David -

Sorry, I have no specific suggestions. I have had my Rocket for a few years now and I am still am looking for the "perfect" espresso! I travel a fair amount and always look for local roasters to taste and maybe buy a pound of beans. I found a great shop near Moab, Utah in a little town called Green River. It is Green River Coffee Company, of course. A very nice lady runs the place and is also the local EMT. In Sacramento, we are lucky to have a number of very good shops and roasters. Old Soul, Chocolate Fish, and Temple Coffee are a few favorites. You gotta shop around...

Good luck!

Mike
Reply · Report · Michael M on Oct 7, 2014
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Struggling to decide between the Giotto Evolutione v2 and the Nuova Simonelli Musica.. Both have great reviews and SCG staff reviews actually put the Musica slightly ahead. I'm relatively new to these machines in the "prosumer" space. Since you guys have purchases the Gitto, can you shed some light into why I should go for the Rocket over Nuova Simonelli model? Thanks much!!!
Will A on Nov 21, 2013
Best Answer: I think it really depends on what you're looking for. At a glance, the Musica appears to be more automatic while the Giotto-- it seems to me-- is more "hands on."

With the Giotto, I find you really have to get the grind and tamp of the coffee just right, it's a bit temperamental in that aspect. So your technique will become very important. I've also had some mechanical issues with it that were just repaired and, while still under warranty, I was very disappointed about that. All that being said, when you pull a good shot, it's absolutely among the best you'll ever have.

They look so very different too ... the Giotto is a bit more "retro" looking to me and the Musica, more contemporary.

I hope this helps or at the least, gives you more to think about.
Reply · Report · Chris M on Nov 23, 2013
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What are your options if you have hard water with this machine or any espresso machine? Is there an in tank water softener available? Or do I have to use filtered water? Thanks alot!
Sara M on Jul 29, 2013
Best Answer: Call your local water utility and ask them for Hardness in mg/L (milligrams per liter)? Normally, a number greater than 100 mg/L is considered hard. While you are on the phone with them, also see about a Consumer Confidence or Water Quality Report. New reports are due out to customers by July 1 for 2013.
To remove Hardness, an ion exchange water softener is probably your best bet. But the filter technology is advancing rapidly. Once you have all your information, check a couple of the filter/softener manufacturers websites to see what their products will remove.
Reply · Report · Terence J on Jul 30, 2013
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I've owned this product for more than two years now and I love it. I've been getting very serious on crafting my espresso shot drinks comparing to this favorite local cafe place I visit often. Till date, I still cannot get the same taste of vanilla latte that they make there. I use the same exact syrup, milk and the same beans. So obviously the problem lies in the technical part. I've made sure my grind is in perfect condition where it's not too coarse or too fine, I'm getting 4 second pause before first drip and averaging 28-30 seconds for a 28g worth of coffee in my bottomless ports filter (3 shot capacity). I know everyone uses 18-20 g for a double shot, but just thought for the triple shot portafilter it's natural to fill in 28g. Through all of my troubleshooting and fine tuning I still cannot get the coffee to taste the exact same, which led me to a final thought.

It has to be the brew temperature,

Turns out that the brew temp, or I should say post brew temp ( technically water already left grouphead) is near 175-180. And for the optimal temperature to cook coffee is around 200-203? I've been playing around with the sirki pressure temperature box inside my espresso machine, but after many clockwise turns eh water still appear to be the same temp, it's not getting any hotter..

Please help!?
HanTheCoffeeGuy on May 26, 2014
Best Answer: Hi,
I have the same machine and a couple thoughts/questions.

How good is the espresso you make? Do you and the people you serve like the drinks you make? Why are you trying so hard to duplicate exactly a drink from a cafe? Are they the absolute pinnacle latte maker?

More likely, it is a drink you enjoy and are familiar with, but without using their grinder and machine it simply may be impossible. Why not set a goal of making a better drink?

I have found that the taste of a drink is highly dependent on so many variables that it is a worthy challenge to develop the skills and process to deliver a consistent, great drink. A difference like using a triple shot portofilter vs a double could be very significant.

I sell audio/video systems and it's remarkable how some people are convinced that the speakers they own (or worse, they built) are the absolute standard and anything that sounds in any way different is flawed. Even when they are listening to far superior speakers.

I know this is not the technical advice you are looking for, but some times it worthwhile to backup and question the goal and your underlaying assumptions.
Reply · Report · Richard D on May 27, 2014
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I have just taken delivery of an Evoluzione V2, which is great. What should be the optimum brew head pressure indicated on the right hand dial? Any other comments on how to use the information on this dial would be really helpful. Thanks Roger
A shopper on Sep 13, 2013
Best Answer: It is 9 Bar on mine. Always has been since I got mine last Nov. Check out the 2 major forums CoffeeGeek and Home Barista. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people that take espresso and coffee very serious. They are very helpful.
Reply · Report · Roy H on Sep 16, 2013
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Hello!

Really thinking about this machine for home use and settings like small events. Seems to be fairly on par with the La Marzocco GS/3, which is surprising with such a drastic difference in price point.

One question I do have concerns pre-infusion. Is this just a built in pre-infusion? Can you control it or set the time yourself?

Any other additional thoughts would be great!
Will W on Mar 12, 2013
Best Answer: Will,

I've owned this machine for about 6 months now and I absolutely love it. I debated between this and a dual boiler Alex Duetto II, but I think I made the right choice. I added a brew head thermometer and the stainless cup rail, but little else. Recovery times are very fast and unless you're making back to back americanos it will easily keep up with whatever volume you desire. Draining about 8 oz of hot water will bring down the boiler pressure for maybe 60 seconds or so as the pump refills it with cold water.

Pre-infusion can be adjusted manually if the machine is plumbed in, as mine is. Line pressure will force water through the head with the brew lever half-open. The E61 grouphead pretty much handles it for you though. I've experimented with and without manual pre-infusion and to be honest I can't tell the difference. It's nice to have the option though.

I love this machine. Highly recommended, though I have no experience with the GS/3 you're also considering. The Rocket looks great sitting on the counter and the rotary pump is nice and quiet. The option to plumb in is a must-have for any machine in my opinion. Filling the water tank manually gets old fast.
Reply · Report · Brent C on Mar 13, 2013
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Do you sell and install the brew group thermometers that can be attached to this machine? thanks.
Jef S on Nov 14, 2013
Best Answer: I have a brewhead thermometer in mine. The other day, after nearly a year of daily use, the thermometer blew out of the grouphead and all the way across the kitchen while I was backflushing. I re-installed and tightened it further, but i always stand to the side now when the machine is on. The angle of it aims the thermometer directly at your face and i don't want a high pressure thermometer missile in the eye. I like it, but I'm strongly considering taking mine out before it fails again. That thing practically exploded out of the grouphead and landed about 10 feet away.
Reply · Report · Brent C on Nov 15, 2013
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Hi,

I am looking to plumb this machine into my water line, but it appears that the fittings are non-US (presumably a metric/European plumbing thread), and was wondering if anyone can suggest a source for the proper fitting to convert the supply line. The line supplied with the machine appears to be a metric equivalent of a 1/4 inch compression line (female on each end), but of course it is slightly smaller with a different thread pitch. One end fits the fitting at the bottom of the machine, but the other end will not fit a standard plumbing valve.

Can anyone help with this?

Thanks-

RM
A shopper on Oct 11, 2013
Best Answer: You're right- the fittings are all BSP (British Standard) which you won't find at any home improvement stores. I went through the same ordeal and ended up ordering from an online espresso parts retailer that's well stocked. I also hooked up an inline softener/filter from Bestmax (also BSP) so I required more fittings. If you're simply hooking directly to a water line, SCG sells an adapter fitting that should work. Others cross-thread the Euro threaded fitting onto a standard fitting with plenty of teflon tape, and while that might work I wouldn't recommend it.

I used the included braided hose to attach to the machine, then used the adapter fittings I purchased online to tie it into flexible tubing. I ended up having to use several fittings to get everything connected and converted to normal compression threads. It was a huge hassle and took me a couple of online orders before I had everything I needed, but it was definitely worth it. Plumbed in is the way to go. If you could find a local vendor that sells BSP threaded adapters it would be much easier, but unless you live in Seattle you might have a hard time finding one.
Reply · Report · Brent C on Nov 15, 2013
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Does this machine have a pid, how do one go about adjusting the temperature if needed?
A shopper on Dec 12, 2014
Best Answer: It does not have a PID, so you cannot adjust the temperature. to a specific temperature. You won't need to adjust the temperature since it is a heat exchanger, and it will keep a consistent temperature for brewing around 200-202. If the machine sits for longer than 20 minutes, it is a good idea to perform a cooling flush, so that you can clear out any overly heated water from the heat exchange portion of the machine through the brew head.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 12, 2014
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Hello! I have the Rocket Giotto, probably should be called the v1 edition, and I noticed that some of the newer models can use the the water tank or be plumbed to mains water supply. Is this something I can have retrofitted to my Giotto? I've just finished a kitchen remodel and now have a water line. It'd make a great espresso machine even better!
Thanks!
Bill S on Sep 13, 2013
Best Answer: Unfortunately there is not a retrofit we offer for changing your Rocket from the tank version to a tank/plumbable version. I am not aware of one, but there may be one available or a modification you could make. Good luck!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 13, 2013
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Does this machine come in varied mains voltage, i.e. 120-240v?
I am interested in buying one but will be relocating to Australia at some stage and the main voltage is 230v.

Thanks
MF
A shopper on Aug 31, 2013
Best Answer: All of the Rocket machines we carry run on 110v, and unfortunately they don't have the ability to to switch to a higher voltage.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 1, 2013
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i have a Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione Espresso Machine - V2 my only problem i have with this machine is the front of the machine gets so hot i can't even touch it. the same with the group head, as for the steam wond they say that you can touch while you steam man it is so hot no way can i touch it. i'm so afraid to leave the machine on to long maybe i would burn the pump out. when i turn the machine off even 2 hours later you still can't touch it. is this normal for this machice?
Dennis F on Jun 24, 2013
Best Answer: The Rocket Giotto machine does get very hot, and yes this is normal, especially for the E61 brewhead. Here in the showroom, we still have our "Caution: Hot Surface" sticker in place! This machine refills the boiler automatically, so you shouldn't worry about burning it out. Once the tank is empty, it stops heating and alerts you to refill- your green light will blink instead of being solidly lit. If the steam wand is too hot, the no burn insulation may be in need of replacement, as it can fail over time. If the machine has been left on for a period of non-use for a long length of time, then do a cooling flush before you brew- simply run some water through the portafilter with it attached to the brewhead.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 25, 2013
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I am looking at this machine to use at catered events. How many shots of espresso will it produce in an hour?
A shopper on Apr 18, 2013
Best Answer: Unfortunately this Rocket Giotto is not commercially rated, and so I would not recommend using it in that capacity. There are a few alternative machines in a similar price-point, such as the Nuova Simoneli Musica and the Rancilio Epoca. You could potentially make 30 drinks in a peak hour, provided the machine is plumbed in to a water source. If using the tank, expect closer to 20 drinks for your peak volume, and you would not want to continue this level of volume continuously. These machines and a few other options are included at the links below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/espresso-machines/semi-automatics?nsf_certified=Yes

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/rancilio-epoca-st-semi-automatic-commercial-espresso-machine-1-group-tank

Let us know if you have other questions! Support@seattlecoffeegear.com
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Resources

Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione

What it Covers:

Rocket Espresso machines

Length: 1 Year
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 Giotto Evoluzione

  • 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.

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Reviews

Great Espresso - Great Machine - One "Con" though....Review by Braticuspunk
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Let me start by saying that I love this machine. I did a LOT of research and got a LOT of advice and settled on the Rocket. It makes an amazing cup of espresso. I’m very satisfied with my purchase.

One MAJOR CON:

The drip tray. 3 issues….

1. When you put the portafilter in, you want to hold onto the machine with the other hand…just to brace or balance yourself. Although the sturdiness of the machine doesn’t require this, it just seems like I need/want to hold onto it with the other hand.

But you can’t hold onto the E61 or the upper part of the machine due to heat; the E61 will burn you. And you can’t grab the drip try because it’s not stable…it’s not fixed to the machine.


Now, I can get used to not having to place my free hand anywhere on the machine, but there are 2 more issues with the drip tray.

2. The drip tray reservoir just isn’t big enough. It fills up quickly and you have to empty it more than once if you’re making multiple drinks and are frequently purging the grouphead.

3. The drip tray screen is not substantial enough. After purging the grouphead, the hot water running into the drip tray heats up the screen and it warps!

When I pay over $2 K for an espresso machine, I expect the place where I set my espresso cups to be sturdy….not warped and shaky. After it cools down it flattens out. But seriously Rocket….would it cost much more to use a thicker gage of stainless steel???

I would suggest brining the sides of the main body of the machine out so that it’s one integrated unit and to have the removable tray set within these extensions. That way you can grip the drip tray and be able to get a firm grip. Also a thicker and more substantial drip tray screen.

Despite the fail on the drip tray, I do love this machine. The proof is in the espresso and the espresso is a crema-covered wonder. The cappuccinos are some of the best I’ve ever had.

I would give the machine a 5 star rating, it the drip-tray issues were resolved.
(Posted on 4/9/2015)
Rocket Expresso R58Review by Ron
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This machine replaced another cappuccino machine we'd had for about 10 years. I got tired of sending the machine in for various repairs every 3 years or so. The Rocket is a GREAT machine. Easy to use, easy to setup. Easy maintenance. Quiet, smooth, powerful and makes a truly wonderful cup of cappuccino. I don't know what anything else anyone could want. I've had it 2 weeks and if I had it to do all over, I'd do the same thing! (Posted on 9/7/2014)
QualityReview by Molar30
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Quality machine all around. I attempted to plumb to water jug but found that the pump had to run hard and pressure would drop more than I liked. Drip tray I ran to hidden tank b/c after pulling a couple shots it was full, but quite easy to do. The water reservoir has a really tight fit so you will struggle getting it out first time, just rock slowly back and forth. I have owned caperesso and delonghi machines before and this was quite a step up for me. Still a novice but I'm happy with this purchase despite the price. Hey, you get what you pay for. If your thinking about pulling the trigger, you must be a bean head anyways. Can't go wrong with this machine. But, get a quality grinder and use FRESH coffee. I roast my own but do these things and you won't get a better shot anywhere. SCG did outstanding job packing and promptness.!! (Posted on 6/30/2014)
Great MachineReview by Burton
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Very happy with this machine... I've own for almost two years no problems. (Posted on 5/31/2014)
Buy it!Review by gjskandy
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You get what you pay for. With the Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione Espresso Machine - V2, you get far more value for the buck! This beautiful piece of equipment is matched with a well engineered inner works that rivals the best in the industry. Espresso from this machine is absolutely amazing and it took no time to master the perfect latte. The SeattleCoffeeWorks videos are worth watching as they are the perfect training supplement to this Rocket. I am very pleased with my purchase. If you are considering the Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione Espresso Machine - V2, look no further...buy it! (Posted on 5/15/2014)
Does a great jobReview by Coffee B
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After my machine arrived, there was period of trial and error in determining the correct combination of grind and tamp pressure. Within a few days I was able to get it right. From that point forward I have been quite pleased with the results and consistency of high quality shots that I am able to pull from this machine. Additionally I really like the dense foam that is easily produced by the steam wand. I have previously not owned a machine that also has a hot water dispensing feature. While I don't use it often, it is a handy item to have. I like that both the steam and hot water wands are double wall insulated, and consequently cannot burn me. One small inconvenience I have found is that this machine seems to take longer to fully heat up as compared to previous machines I have owned. This is due to the large capacity of the boiler (I suspect). It's a minor inconvenience, and now that I am aware of it, I just plan accordingly. Overall I am extremely happy with this purchase despite the high price. (Posted on 3/7/2014)
Deliciously functional artReview by wtstuller
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This has to be the most beautiful machine I have ever seen, and one that produces delicious espresso at that! A top-notch machine that can produce top notch results. Most definitely recommended! (Posted on 5/31/2013)
After 5 months OUTSTANDINGReview by JimmyMac_Corn
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I have not tasted better espresso anywhere than what I can make on this machine. Visually it is a work of art. Functionally, easy to use, enjoyable and fun, and the results are outstanding. Everything in due time, but why did I go through 3 inexpensive plastic espresso machines before stepping up to the best. (Posted on 1/23/2013)
great machine in all respectsReview by JimCorn
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Had this Rocket about 90 days and look forward to every opportunity to make drinks with it. Even bought a stash of paper with lid coffee go cups so I could make co-workers and neighbors a drink. Beautiful machine, easy to use and maintain. Never used a double boi ler machine but don't know what could be better than this RocketGiotto Evoluzione V2. (Posted on 12/16/2012)
Great Machine!!Review by Burton
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You pay for what you get! This machine is solid! Great steam pressure,pulls a great creamy shot ever time!

I LOVE IT!! (Posted on 12/2/2012)
Great MachineReview by Mike
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We upgraded from a 5 year old Rancillio Silvia so the learning curve was not very steep. The Rocket is much more powerful especially its steam production and overall quite easy to use. The videos (SCG and Rocket supplied) were well worth watching. We picked up some little tips (e.g hardness of water) that we would not have known otherwise. As others have noted drip tray is small. Wish SCG had supplied plumbing adapter fitting (to allow direct water line connection) as part of package. Am still trying to acquire one of those. (Posted on 12/2/2012)
Going overboardReview by Keith
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I've had the machine for about 2 years. Very sturdy construction. I use it every day, but it's probably overkill to get a machine of this caliber for my daily use. Overall It's a Great Esspresso machine. We use it for steam milk to hot coco, Cappuccino & Lattes. Hot water despenser is handy for instant hot water for tea or noodle, but drains the boiler fast.

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Looks cool in the kitchen, Commercial Grade, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

Cons:
Noisy, No plumb option (Posted on 4/6/2012)
Rocket to the topReview by Craigo
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This is a fantastic espresso machine. I love my Giotto and the heavenly goodness it provides my wife and I in the morning. It took me a few days to get the hang of the Evoluzione, especially the milk steamer. But once I got it, it has been a breeze. The DVD from SeattleCoffeeGear is very informative and worth watching. Don't bother with the Rocket DVD. Not only does this machine make great espresso, but it looks good doing it!

I graduated to the Rocket from a Gaggia Classic that I used for over 10 years. The Rocket has taken my espresso to a new level of excellence.
Thank you Seattle Coffee Gear!

Pros:
Quiet, Looks cool, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

Cons:
None (Posted on 4/1/2012)
Thank you Seattle Coffee GearReview by Roy the Reverend
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I spent some time over in France where they only drink espresso. When I came back to the States, I was spoiled rotten. Furthermore, my wife is a former barista for a great little coffee shop (read: not Starbucks), and so she's really picky about her coffee. We both love this machine.

A couple of things: Do make sure you read the manual and watch the videos. Backflushing is absolutely necessary, as I found out. It needs 15 (Posted on 3/15/2012)
Great machine but a little noisyReview by Neal
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This is my first "prosumer" machine and what a difference over my "starter" machine I used for years prior. I got this machine and the Rancillo grinder - what a great combination.

The machine looks great, works great, however, there is an unfortunate "noise" every 30-60 seconds which I believe is a pressure relief valve releasing pressure. The pressure cycles a little as well. I would expect a machine like this to just site and be quiet, so in my house it's an attention getter, unfortunate at his price point but it's a great machine regardless.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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Noisy (Posted on 2/27/2012)
Impressive Tasting Espresso with StyleReview by Double Shot
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We had a small no-name brand machine for over 20 years that performed very well until recently. We spent over a year researching and agonizing over budget and machine type. We are occasionally in Europe and absolutely love their "caf (Posted on 2/10/2012)
Great Machine, Solid ValueReview by Crash
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I purchased this 2 years ago from SCG (with a two year warranty). It is plumbed into an office kitchen where it sees relatively light use - maybe 20 double shots per day. It is easy to use and clean, which are essential for this application (we use a Vario grinder from SCG, also good for use where people of varying skill are involved). It is beautiful, somewhat efficient (HX), pulls good shots, and makes microfoam forever. I like the stock tip.

The cons are few. A gauge started to leak shortly after I got it, but SCG sent me a new one under warranty and it was an easy repair. The exhaust gasket is now starting to give me trouble, but SCG had that $25 part too and that's an easy fix as well. The machine is solid.

Yes, it was pricy, but for the relatively marginal additional price over a less solid, non-plumbed, and less attractive machine -- it is well worth it.

And kudos to SCG for awesome customer service and advice, both before AND AFTER purchase!! Everyone there is so nice . . . .

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Quiet, Solid construction, Quick Brewing, Beautiful, Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy to maintain, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade

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Some break-in (Posted on 2/2/2012)
No regrets indulging on the machine.Review by Betsy the Cavalier lover
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It was a significant amount of money to put out for an espresso maker and grinder (listen to those who say you need a good grinder -- they are right!) But, once the machine arrived, and it didn't take long, it was love at first sight. We unpacked it that day and were drinking the best espresso we had ever made (had Francis,Francis before) and one of the best we'd ever had -- definitely beat Starbucks. We live in the Northeast and let me tell you a cup of morning latte by the woodstove before work is well.....heaven. If you love espresso, and love entertaining -- treat yourself to this setup and step up to one of the finest cups of espresso you will EVER have.

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Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Gorgeous, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Videos are priceless, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 1/29/2012)
Amazing MachineReview by Jesse
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What an amazing machine...I ordered the Giotto Evoluzione a few days after Christmas 2011. I received the machine less than a week later. Easy to follow setup instruction and I was making great espresso right out of the gate. I replaced a three year old Breville and what a difference between these two machines. I still have not purchased a grinder yet so I can only imagine how great the coffee will be once I acquire a quality grinder. Still makes great espresso using pre ground Illy Dark Roast. It did take some practice to master steaming milk since the steam from the Evoluzione is so much more powerful than what I was used to in the Breville. My only complaint is the small drip tray container....However the option for direct drain does come with the Rocket and would correct this drawback if you chose to hook it up.

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Small Drip Tray (Posted on 1/27/2012)
Exactly what I wantedReview by Colin
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When it comes to espresso, I'm a bit of a snob. I lived in Rome for 4 years and drank the best of the best - even the dingy hole in the wall restaurants in Italy have great espresso. When I moved back to states I couldn't find anything that came close. This machine is a big investment at [$] (let's be honest, it's coffee after all) and I did tons of research and suffered through drinking terrible espresso at cafes in Boston and Austin for 2 years before I pulled the trigger and got the Cellini for my home. It took about 5 pulls before I got things tasting right and since then it has been a dream. The only problem I have is that all my neighbors stop by for espresso on the weekends and I'm always running out of beans - which is a good problem to have. If I had to make a complaint, it would be that the pump is a little bit noisy. Not so noisy that you can't carry on a conversation over it though. Not so noisy that it will wake up our 2 year old sleeping down the hall. You will mostly notice this if you fill up a big mug for tea from the water dispenser and the pump will run for a good minute to refill from the reservoir and buzz away. Is it worth the extra $400 to get the Evoluzione that has the quieter pump? No way.If you are on the fence about getting this machine, take it from someone who talked himself out of it for 2 years before making the decision and DO IT!Mine is paired with the Vario Baratza, which I recommend highly as well.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 1/5/2012)
Terrific MachineReview by Mert the squirt
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The Cellini is the centerpiece for a wonderful coffee ceremony . . . coffee selection, grind, tamp, brew, micro foaming, tasting, and cleanup.

Kat, at Seattle Coffee Gear, responded right away to a question about care and maintenance.

Their videos are very helpful too. See them all!

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean, Beautifully finished, Nice to look at

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(Posted on 12/17/2011)
Awesome!Review by Turbodieseldave
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Seattle coffee gear was very helpful and informative with the purchase. The staff is very knowledgable and videos are fantastic! This machine is absolute perfection as far as I can see. Not only is it easy to use and makes great espresso, but it is a piece of art. Don't let the price scare you, if you truly enjoy your espresso and latte's this is the machine you must have. Right out of the box the first latte made was far better than any I have made or purchased in the past, no longer will I be a customer at my local coffee shop. The videos provided were extremely helpful and very much appreciated, thanks again.

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Quick Brewing, Quiet, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 12/5/2011)
The Evoluzione is the complete packageReview by Dave S.
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The Evoluzione is the complete package of performance, quality and style. The rotary pump is a quiet and is a big step up from the traditional vibe pump. The machine has great steaming power with short recovery time. I've been able to make several lattes back-to-back without a problem. The espresso is richer tasting compared to the Silvia I used to own.

You can tell Rocket pays attention to the details when you look at and use the machine. The knobs have a solid feel and move smoothly. The gauges are large and easy to read. The water tank is easy to fill and remove. The fit and finish is superb and the styling is awesome. Overall, the machine is very easy to use and produces great espresso.

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(Posted on 11/23/2011)
Rocket Espresso Giotto EvoluzioneReview by Happy Coffee Guy
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This machine worked right out of the box - No adjustments required. Because we are a couple of months away from a kitchen makeover, I have not yet connected the unit into the house water lines. While I would not say it is noisy, it did wake me up the first few mornings. I might attribute this as much to my being excited as the actual sounds of filling and warming of the boiler. This was my first (perhaps only) espresso machine and I will say that the very first cappuccino was at least as good as any I had in Italy. My sweetie was a bit incredulous at the price but all her head shaking and eye rolling evaporated by the end of her first cup. It's been about two months now, and my technique is continuing to improve. The SCG videos were a huge help and ultimately influenced my decision. I could not be more pleased with my purchase.

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Aesthetically pleasing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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(Posted on 11/5/2011)
The best prosumer machine on the marketReview by Louis Leakey
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If you're looking for the best machine on the market for less than $6K you have found it. I am by no means a professional barista but I love my espresso/cappuccino/latte like what is available at Starbuck or some of the even better gourmet coffee shops. I started out with a superautomatic Bosch B30 and it was nice and simple but the drink was always cold before it was even in the cup for a minute. I then spent $2300 for an Izzo Duetto II with dual boilers and PID and was miserably disappointed.

Perhaps the Izzo was defective but aside from the absolute beauty of the very shiny 304 stainless steel appearance of the Izzo the machine was poorly designed and constructed. an example: watch the brew head flex the whole machine face in the videos - that won't happen with the Rocket. I was looking for a machine that looked as much like an Italian Ferrari as the Duetto II but actually was capable of making espresso like the $6,000 La Marzocco GS3. I returned the Duetto and exchanged for the Rocket Evoluzione based on Seattle coffee video reviews. All I can say is OMG! What a machine! when I unpacked the machine the difference in the sophistication of this product over the Duetto was striking. All the surfaces were beautiful and perfectly crafted. The water reservoir and catch tank were perfectly designed for the machine (unlike the Duetto) and setting up the machine was a snap. The machine was quiet and fast (unlike the Duetto) and I was making perfect Cappuccino drinks within minutes. I have to state clearly that the Duetto II I received was likely defective but just the difference in the fit and finish or the sheer elegance of the Evoluzione is head and shoulders above the Duetto. The ease of use rivals the Superautomatic Bosch B30 Super-Automatic and of course the temperature and flexibility is far superior to the Bosch.

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Quiet, Quick Brewing, Well designed fit, Works as good as it looks, Great Taste, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean, Very robust, Commercial Grade, Stunningly beautiful

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Wish brew head was higher (Posted on 11/5/2011)
I'm in coffee heavenReview by R Klumph
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Purchased 11 months ago along with the Baratza Vario grinder. This machine consistenly pulls a perfect shot at the exact temperature for the sweetest espresso. Consistenly perfect micro-bubbles when foaming milk. I give it 5 stars - even though the finish could be better. The chrome on top warming tray has a tendency to scratch and the edges of drip tray are sharp enough to easily leave cuts on fingers (more than once). I have the unit on an auto-timer so that it is ready when we get up in the morning, since it does take about 15 min to come to full temp. However, the wait is worth it with a 1.8 liter boiler. With the right beans and grinder, the Rocket Cellini produces coffee drinks that rival any from your favorite barista.
No question that I would purchase this again.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Cool touch wands, Easy To Clean, Large Water Container, No wait from brew to foam

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(Posted on 10/6/2011)
I can't imagine a better Espresso!Review by Leslie
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I researched espresso machines for months but decided to buy a Cellini after seeing all the online videos from Seattle Coffee Gear. I was very apprehensive about making such a large purchase sight unseen, so "seeing" the machine on videos and teaching prospective buyers how to use them was huge for me. I'm thrilled with my Cellini though it is big and does take up a lot of counter space so be sure to be aware of the size before buying. Other than that, the machine is solid, beautiful and draws a great espresso. I use mine primarily for cappuccinos and lattes, but it's also fun to pull a straight shot into a glass cup and admire your perfect crema. Thanks to Gail and Cat for all the pre-sale and post-sale support. No regrets.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 8/14/2011)
Bye bye StarbucksReview by Coffee lover
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I feel like a pro , easy, fun , and great tasting coffee

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None yet (Posted on 7/4/2011)
I used to want a GS/3.Review by RoasterMan
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This machine takes me back to my coffee house owner days. Makes espresso the way it was meant to be made. Coupled with the Rocky, a full head of crema is never far away. Plumb it in, add a power line timer and it can't get any better. You will regularly invite the whole neighborhood over just so you can spend time in front of this machine.

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Nickel plated boiler, Commercial Grade, Rocket in my pocket, Rotary pump

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Guilt for waiting so long (Posted on 4/13/2011)
great machine[...]Review by T
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videos [...]were very helpful in selecting machine and grinder.easy to dial in. great espresso and cappuccino[...]

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Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Great Taste

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(Posted on 4/1/2011)
Beautiful, Amazing Machine!Review by Jimmy
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We have been making espresso/lattes at home for the last 20 years. We have used so many different machines (Gaggia, Bodum, Breville, Starbucks Estro Profi, Barista, Sirena, Rancilio Silvia) but finally coughed up the bigger money to get the most beautiful, reliable, easy to use machine on the market. We use the Rancilio Rocky grinder with it and most all beans we use the Giotto tends to make it all taste good, but... we found the most incredible beans that produce the most amazing crema possible by a Nashville roaster. It is the Malibar Gold and let me tell you, the results are amazing. We buy them at [...]. The Inside Straight is wonderful too (we found if you buy 5lbs of Malibar and 1lb of Inside straight, [...]!).

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Large Water Container

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(Posted on 3/5/2011)
WOW!Review by Steve
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So after many months of research and deliberation, it was time to make a decision.[...] Everything arrived as ordered - a good first step. Setting up the equipment was simple enough; however, the braided stainless steel hose provided is fine threaded and 1/8th inch (Euro-size) and required multi connectors to adapt to the water connection I had plumbed in (ice maker connection installed above the counter top). So I ended up taking a trip to a plumbing specialty store and getting a 1/8th to 1/4 inch adapter and tossing the Euro braided hose and getting an american standard 1/4 inch hose. Much simpler and "no leaks" at the connections. If you plan on connecting to a water line - and you should - you will need to think about all this, I would suggest waiting until your machine arrives as there is a good help video on the DVD that Seattle Coffee Gear (SCG) sends. And you will want to connect so that you are not filling the tank continuously as I was during the first few days (test driving the Cellini). The crazy thing is that I am a total newby "barista" and within 2 hours, I was brewing delicious shots (to me and my wife at least) with all three portafilters. It took some time to dial in the grinder (and that is not totally finished), but the tamp and shot technique are quite easy. I must add that I did spend a number of hours watching the videos and reading on other websites, so I did have a good idea of what was important when pulling a shot. So the first weekend I went through a full pound of coffee getting it right, and getting fully jacked up on joe!!! Note that you don't have to drink every shot you pull - but I couldn't help myself.The quality of the machine is exceptional. It is a beast that exudes robustness. There are no rinky dinky elements here - solid steel and solid construction. My wife loves how it looks on our contertop and is especially happy with the matching grinder. While it is pricey - when you consider that you will not have to ever buy another machine or grinder again, it is worth it. I am extremely satisfied with this purchase and have "zero" buyers remorse.[...] Thanks again - can't wait until tomorrow morning to get downstairs and see that green light.....

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Easy To Use, Great Taste

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(Posted on 3/2/2011)
Fantastic MachineReview by LB
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We picked up the Cellini Evo and a Mazzer Mini-E type B for Christmas and couldn't be happier. The combination works great and really cuts down on wasted grounds and time when we're on the go. The quality of espresso is what you'd expect from a prosumer machine... the same end product you'll find in a cafe bar in Italy and the machine looks the part. Very high quality.

Outfitted it with the brewgroup thermometer in the accessories section. (Highly recommeded)

Lots of thought was given to a double boiler machine, but I'm only pulling a couple shots each day and really didn't need the additional capacity. The HX is the way to go.

We couldn't be happier and would recommend this machine to any serious espresso/cappucino/latte afficianado.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Great Taste

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(Posted on 2/4/2011)
Getting closer to EuropeReview by Coffee Doc
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This machine has a large learning curve. But hey, the Europeans didn't just wake up one morning and produce a perfect cup of coffee. The beauty of this machine is that it acurately reflects all of the variables that are involved in a great cup of espresso. It just keeps getting better.

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Does just what it is told, Commercial Grade

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Small Water Container, Does just what it is told, Hard To Clean (Posted on 1/16/2011)
My New BFFReview by Drummer Dave
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We have been using our new Rocket Cellini Evoluzione since Christmas and have loved it! We make about 1-2 drinks per day (maybe more on the weekends!). With the Rocky grinder we have been able to make espresso that rivals the best coffee shops. We watched the Gail & Kat videos and took notes! This made the learning curve quick and easy. Now we're Baristas! We plumbed this in which makes it very convenient and easy to use. We have been very happy with this machine. The price is not for the faint-hearted, but it is worth it! We moved up from our Saeco Sirena and haven't looked back!

Thanks a latte Seattle Coffee Gear!

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

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Pricey (Posted on 1/15/2011)
Makes a GREAT cupReview by Badger the bean counter
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This is a great machine, certainly recommend it. A lot of money but worth it for sure. Only thing I hold against it is the finish seems to scratch and shows scratches easily. It does make a great espresso with ordinary beans!

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Quick Brewing, Good looking, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Reliable

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Scratches easily (Posted on 1/10/2011)
ImpressiveReview by mah19
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Did a great deal of research on many similar machines. Very happy I chose the Rocket Premium Plus. An awesome machine; consistent, great shots, impressive in the kitchen, better tasting espresso than any retailer. Another brand I used to have priced at $400 does not compare - broke down after four years. Boiler/heat exchanger combo is the way to go. Pricy, but worth it.

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Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 1/9/2011)
My precious!Review by Kevin W.
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The GoodWhat a good looking machine and well engineered. I have had mine for about two months or so and it something that I grow more fond of with every use. I am not a barista by far but I am able to make great coffee with this beautiful machine. I can start making my first cup in about 10-15 min (but better at 30+min).The Bad "Loose a star" Not completely ready for the USA. If you are going to plumb-in like I did, it is not going to happen unless you modify the adapter/coupler or pick one up at a specialty plumb store. I think Seattle Coffee Gear carries them too. They are sending these machines out to the USA with a 3/8 BSP (British Standard Pipe Thread) and not the 3/8 NPT. I did have another issue with one of the gauges, malfunctioned the day after it arrived. [...]

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean, My precious

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(Posted on 1/5/2011)
The perfect espressoReview by Duster
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We use the Cellini to make four lattes each day. A few friends already have been wowed by the great coffee it makes.

It is a very beautiful machine that looks good any where.

It is easy to use and made great coffee from the start. (I could not have done it without the SCG videos.) Boy does it make nice foam!

This week I have had a cappucino in Paris, Basel, Switzerland, Barcelona, and Munich, each was good but different. The coffee, machine, and the person all make each good coffee different. What I have been able to make from the first day is equal to the best in Europe.

The only thing that took some time was dialing in the Rocky grinder to get the brew time into the proper area.

I love it and my search for the right espresso machine has been met. Thanks Kat and Gail for the the crew reviews.

The only con: I eased the edges of the drip tray cover and the water tank cover as they were a little sharp.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Commercial Grade, Perfect

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Eased some of the edges (Posted on 12/29/2010)
My Life Long DreamReview by Kent
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This machine is what I've always dreamed about in my home. Its beautiful looking, impressive and I'm so excited to use it multiple times a day. The new Rancilio doser grinder is a must as well.

The learning point was frothing breve's(half&half). I have figured out the froating nipple that comes with the machine (large 2 hole) heats the milk too fast causing it not to foam. I even went out and bought a large pitcher and chilled it before use. I ordered the other 4 nipples and finally determined the "small 2 hole" nipple works great. Now I'm so extremely pleased. All is good.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Easy To Use, Looks impressive, Commercial Grade

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Learning Factor (Posted on 12/25/2010)
Amazing shots like a pro every time!Review by Tom B
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After admiring the Rocket machines for some time ... when I got an unexpected bonus I decided to take the plunge and get the best Rocket available! The Giotto style is so sexy and the Evoluzione is also full of options. It's able to be plumbed in or run off the tank. It's rotatory pump is pretty quiet and produces a great syrupy espresso shot from the E61 group head. This machine does need a full 30-45 mins to warm up fully but this isn't a problem if you place it on a heavy duty timer. Mine is set to come on before I wake up ... go off when I'm gone and comes back on again before I get home from work so it's always ready for me.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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Messy, Small Water Container (Posted on 12/20/2010)
Very NiceReview by Jan
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We have had another maker for many years and have daily lattes or mochas and Americans. The Cellini has been excellent for the weeks we have had it. The "small" improvements over the older machines, like the stay cool steam wand, are surprisingly important after experiencing the difference. Water level warnings are important in our non-plumbed model, but the inconvenience of moving cups to add water from the top would make the plumbed or dual model get greater consideration had we known. However, not plumbing the maker means that we can "adjust" the water to maximize that important element of the drinks. The only "automatic" feature of our older machine is selecting adjustable water amounts delivered for shots (short single, short double, tall single, tall double) by the push of a button and this would be a nice improvement for the Cellini as well, but only if it were a selectable addition. Overall, we are extremely satisfied with the Cellini and Seattle Coffee Gear. (The informational videos are great.)

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(Posted on 11/13/2010)
Gorgeous!Review by Perfection seeker
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Difficult to properly texture milk. More training should solve the problem.

Glossy finish shows splatters prominently.

Quick to heat up. Lots of steam. Instant texturing to shot pulling. Double wall wands prevent burning your fingers!

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Large boiler, Commercial Grade, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste

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Finish shows smudges easi (Posted on 11/11/2010)
Sweet Coffee ExperienceReview by BB
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I have been using this machine for more than a year with much joy... I can now taste the fruity part of coffee that is lost with lesser quality extraction machines. A great investment if you really love those subtle flavors of coffee. What price can we put on these special moments when we sip our morning cup...?

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Great Taste, Beautiful to look at, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 10/28/2010)
Solid Consistent MachineReview by bimmerboi03
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I use my Giotto 2-3 times per day in my home. Since I got the machine, I have produced some amazing shots. I live in a major metropolitan area that has some of the best roasters and cafes in the nation. I can honestly say I have pulled as good if not better shots then some of these cafes. This machine is one of the reasons why I am able to achieve this. The only problem I have had with the machine is the water line came unhooked from the water reservoir when I first received the machine. After doing some quick research online, I found that this has been a problem for others as well. With a simple screwdriver and 10min of my time I had it up and running in no time. [...] after hooking up the water line, I have not had a problem since. Also, be forewarned that you will have to consistently wipe the machine down as well. With the extremely nice chrome job on it, it spots easily and can be a hassle to keep clean. All in all, I am extremely happy with my purchase. I use the machine alot and pull some great shots which is the reason which is why I chose to purchase a machine of this caliber.

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Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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Messy (Posted on 10/16/2010)
Worth the expense-- really!Review by jnetti
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Like many others, I was tired of mediocre/bad espresso. After years of department store machines and other well known espresso makers, I was ready to move up. I never thought I would spend the $ I did-- but it is so worth it. The Rocket makes cup after cup of delectable espresso. It easily foams milk that the other machines could only wish for. All of this is in 40 seconds...... This is a fabulous machine.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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No cons yet (Posted on 9/27/2010)
WOW!!!Review by Eric
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I upgraded to the Rocket Cellini after having a Silvia for about a year. My reasons/needs were basically that I wanted a machine that I could whip out quality milk based drinks on quickly without having to temperature surf like you would on single boiler machines. The 1.8 liter boiler on this thing is huge, it refills itself automatically as long as water is in the tank, and the boiler gives you crazy steaming power for latte art quality micro foam.
While still good on the Silvia, the shots on the Cellini are much sweeter because temperature is more stable on this machine and because you need a finer grind on the Cellini than on some other machines. So those are the two most important things: steaming and shots...both are excellent.

Other things I love include: hot-water wand to pre-heat my cups or for Americanos, anti-burn steam and hot water wands so milk doesn't burn/stick on the wand, includes two top quality portafilters and blind basket, huge cup warming space on top the machine, EASY maintenance, heats up in 20 min, fits nicely on the counter in my small kitchen.

WHEW...So, just to reiterate why I love this machine the most for a very practical reason...when you want to make two or three quality lattes in the morning but you don't want a super-auto b/c you know the quality of the shot isn't as good as a semi auto, this machine with it's large boiler works quickly with no wait time in between steaming and brewing and the espresso and milk come out beautifully as long as you're barista skills with respect to grind, tamp, and dose are more or less on target. I'm not wealthy so making this purchase wasn't an easy decision, but I think it was worth every penny because of the time saved, money saved (by not going to a coffee shop), and the superior quality of the coffee compared to other machines.

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Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 7/25/2010)
stickshift brewingReview by shaky
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distilled water can make machine think it's out of water. add a little tap water to fool the sensor

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Large Water Container

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Noisy (Posted on 7/20/2010)
Great Espresso Machine!Review by Ben
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All of the Rocket models are beautiful. What sets the new Evoluzione apart are the dual modes (plumbed or pour-over), the second gauge, and the rotary pump. The machine is a joy to use, especially when paired with a great grinder so that you can experiment with slight changes in grind, tamping, and so on.

The hot water and steam knobs have a silky smooth feel to them, and the whole machine exudes craftsmanship and quality of design. The smooth finish of the stainless steel cabinet makes it easy to wipe down and keep free of water spots, finger prints, and so on. Also, the drip tray is well designed and generously sized.

Truly a wonderful machine.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean, Large Water Container

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None (Posted on 5/8/2010)
Worth the cost!Review by BevB - former Seattleite
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I, at first thought I was nuts for spending this much, but the Cellini is well worth the cost. It is easy to effortlessly produce a wonderful shot of espresso (with a good grinder) and steaming milk for a latte is easy and quick. The machine is also beautiful to look at.

I typically make one latte every morning (maybe more on the weekends - ok, it's a mocha on the weekends!) and love how quickly I can do it with this machine. I'm inviting my neighbors over for lattes because I love using the machine.

I look forward to many years of great espresso with my Cellini!

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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Small Drip Tray (Posted on 5/7/2010)
Celline ProfessionalReview by tsubow
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Well built and nice to look at. Quality materials which gives one confidence that the machine will last.
This machine makes me slow down and think about the process rather than just making and drinking coffee.
My wife and I both love what we have tasted thus far. We both look forward to a Saturday/Sunday morning espresso together. The machine has made a big difference in our enjoyment of coffee.

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Great Taste, Plumbed, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 5/6/2010)
Elated.Review by Drew A Shot
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In 20 years, I've gone through the full range of machine types and prices, from stove top, to steam, pump, and manual levers. This machine makes, by far, the best and most consistent cup of them all.

I was most worried about the heat up time, but it only takes about 8 minutes.

I am very glad (and very relieved) to say that this was worth the money.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 4/23/2010)
Dynamite machine!Review by BBLAKE
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I searched for months for an espresso machine -- debating between the super automatics and the semi automatics. All the reviews on super automatics talked about great convenience and good coffee (seldom great! coffee). Kat & Gail's videos really helped me sort out the options.

I just could not bring myself to pay a chunk of money on machines that were primarily plastic. If I was willing to pay a lot for the supers, what would that buy in a semi automatic? That's when I started researching the Rockets. Wow! Great solid build and outstanding espresso!

I chose the Cellini because it is a little narrower and our counter space is limited. Yes, I do possess the "bling gene" and often purchase the upscale model when a lower priced unit will do, but the Rocket is worth every penny. Couple the Cellini with Lavazza Super Crema or Dek (Lavazza's decaf) and you are in heaven.

Cons? I do have to empty the tray frequently. When the water runs out, you can't just add water to get the flashing light to go off. You have to lift the water reservoir and push it back down. Glad to hear the latest editions can be plumb in.

Pros:
Great Espresso, Great Taste, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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Noisy, Small Drip Tray (Posted on 4/12/2010)
Giro d'Italia Espresso!!Review by Scot
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I have always wanted a real home Cappuccino maker and going for this machine left me with no disappointments. I took a trip up to Seattle to see these things firsthand before I decided to get one, and saw the Limited Edition Giro d'Italia and knew I just had to have this one. I actually know who Eddy Mercx was and still have his autographed poster. If the only bicyclist you can name is Lance Armstrong then you really are not into this sport! I have always been really into bicycle racing and Motorcycling, so getting the limited edition with the race history engravings just made sense because parked next to the machine in my kitchen I keep my race bicycle and motorcycle as my passion with daily Italian cooking. This machine brews better coffee than any restaurant in L.A. has any dream of producing. My apartment is now better than any Italian restaurant in town...I should charge admission!!! The Lavazza Super Crema espresso blend has been my favorite so far. I ended up going with the Bartatza Vario grinder because I liked the look of this machine and wanted to be able to fine tune the grid which this does well once you calibrate the grinder with the recessed 2.5 mm allen bolt. At first learning to use all the gear to produce home espresso seemed like allot to learn, but it was not really that hard to figure everything out and now I brew like a pro and every morning is something to look forward to. All my friends now want to come by for dinners since they have tried this espresso and it has impressed any doubters I know that home brewing Cappuccino with one of these is totally the way to go! I should have had one of these since the 90's when I started drinking Espresso! The build quality of everything Giotto is really impressive just like a hand built Italian motorcycle, except this machine seems like it will prove to be very reliable too. I have been using it for several months now and have not had any complaints with it. Just be careful when you clean the drip tray because the steel edges underneath are sharp if you run your had in there, just use a sponge or brush and handle this piece with more respect than the other components. The finish polishes up with a microfibre clothe very nicely...this is a good tip to maintain that factory fresh look.

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Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 4/2/2010)
Cellini LoveReview by M. Anderson
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I felt a little foolish spending so much on the cellini and worried about my wife's reaction. When the big box came my heart was ponding. I took it out of the box. The machine was not as big as I had feared and it fit well on my counter. Under the watchful eyes of my wife, I quickly poured my first shot of espresso. It was perfect. Next, I offered to pour her a shot and texture her milk. That went well, too. By the end of the first day everything was as good as it could be. No apparent jealously between my wife and my cellini. And my cellini was safetly in my kitchen and not on a federal express truck heading back to Seattle. Was I really going to get away with this? Later that night, I got up and found myself in the kichen again, in front of my cellini, "if we had just met earlier", I thought with regret.

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Great Taste, Easy on the eyes, Easy To Use, Consistent, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean

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A little heavy (Posted on 3/29/2010)
Hard to improve on this machineReview by Bill
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I shopped a lot (looking at Seattle Coffee Gear videos and then talking with the staff) and selected the plumbed model of the Rocket because it had the E61 brew head and the right combination of features. The only real challenge was installing the reverse osmosis water filter (don't think of doing without this). I used a very good GE model from [@] but you might want to look at the simpler DIY approach Coffee Gear offers.I make probably 5 cups a day, both cap and black, for my wife and me and, what is there to say, it just works. The temperature seems constant and reliable, though I'm not too scientific about it.We use the hot water spout for tea, though you do have to wait for the boiler to catch up after a cup or cup and a half.

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Easy To Use, Heavily engineered, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 3/19/2010)
My wife is thrilled, uses it every dayReview by Ben
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My wife is the coffee person, I am not permitted, but I do all the roasting for her. She loves her Cellini. Takes up a lot of space in our modest kitchen but we have worked it out.
This is the top in this class and thus far very reliable. Steam capacity is outstanding and every shot has thick crema.

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Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing

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Decalcifying is tedious (Posted on 3/19/2010)
Makes great and consistant espresso.Review by honoliipali
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I bought this plumbed model so that I could install a water filter in the water supply line. It was very simple to plumb. It is very nice not needing to add filtered water into a reservoir. Keep this in mind if you are positioning the machine under cabinets and therefore have limited access to the reservoir on the non-plumbed machines.It was very easy to dial in the right grind, and tamp pressure. This machine makes consistently wonderful espresso. So good in fact, that I now have straight shots, Americano's, and my latte's. Prior to buying this machine, I only drank latte's. The smooth high crema shots make all drinks wonderful.I highly recommend Rocket as the machine to buy. Yes it will cost more but the quality is very apparent. How many low priced machines will you buy in your lifetime?The only slight negative is the manual that comes with the machine. Rocket includes the reservoir model instructions which does not address the few differences. I emailed Rocket with a few questions. They were very quick to reply and addressed all my questions.

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Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Commercial Grade, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

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None (Posted on 3/19/2010)
The best espresso I've ever hadReview by Stephen
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I attended a 1 day Barista class at Counter Culture Coffee and it really helped me to appreciate just how good this machine is. I did alot (months) of research prior to making a final decision and I am completely confident this was the right choice.

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Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 3/19/2010)
Ecstatic with this purchase. AwesomeReview by Lets Make a Deal
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This machine never misses a beat. Coffee is fabulous. The learning curve is relatively short to pull great shots. Use good espresso beans. We really like Lavazza Super Crema.You need a great grinder to get the best from this machine. The very kind and knowledgeable folks at Seattle Coffee Gear really helped me make the right choice of gear. I don't think it can get much better than this for a first class home espresso machine. Looks great too! I purchased the Macap Grinder to match the Rocket Giotto's great looks..

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 3/19/2010)

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