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Product Description

Rancilio. It's the most recognized name in commercial quality espresso machines and grinders. And now, the company has packaged all the professional features and functionality that they're famous for into its latest line of Rocky grinders. The Rocky Coffee Grinder is ideal for the coffee enthusiast looking for better control over grinding. Featuring 50mm burr grinding plates crafted of the finest tempered steel, the Rocky is designed to deliver 55 different types of quality grounds at the press of a button, all without imparting additional heat during the process. As for its functionality, it comes in a doser or doserless variety. With the doserless, you'll have more manual control over the amount of grounds you deliver to your chosen filter or carafe. And with a doser, you'll have the ability to tap out the right amount of grounds into the portafilter and then go straight to your espresso machine in mere seconds.

Features & Functionality of the Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder

  • Commercial Quality Grinding Burrs: The tempered steel grinding plates rotate at super slow speeds to prevent heat build-up, which can ruin your perfectly roasted beans. The hugely productive motor is also insulated to prevent overheating.
  • Excellent Home Hopper: The compact hopper is blue tinted for UV protection of your beans, but still easily see-through for monitoring of your bean level. The hopper holds over a half pound of beans, and lifts off for easy cleaning.
  • 55 Ways to Grind: A twist of the grind dial on the Rocky gives you 55 levels of control over the output of the grinder. The ultra-fine threading allows you the versatility of going from espresso to drip to French press coffee brewing, and every other type between!
  • Quiet, Powerful and Safe: Rancilio designs for commercial use, and that means creating motors and grinders that emit as little noise as possible. The Rocky Grinder is no exception, and is one of the quietest available. Safety is just as important, with the balance of the grinding elements designed to prevent rocking and torque. Should the grinding mechanism jam or become overheated, a thermal protection devise shuts it down to prevent damage to the motor or the grinding mechanisms.
Pros
  • Commercial-Grade Burr Grinder - The 50mm steel grinding plates are the same construction and quality as Rancilio's other commercial grinders.
  • Perfect Capacity - Smaller than the big commercial grinders, this machine still handles a little more than a half pound of beans at a time.
Cons
  • Too Much Machine? - This is a high quality, high output commercial style grinder. Make sure the features fit your home needs.
  • Power Switch - Some users have complained about the placement of the power switch on the Rocky. Its location may make it difficult to handle the portafilter and operate the machine at the same time.
  • Large - The Rocky weighs 18 pounds and the motor makes up 11 of them. This will certainly take center stage in a small kitchen so make sure to measure your space prior to purchasing.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 5
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

The doserless style where you grind into the portafilter can be a little messier than a model with a doser, however it still seems like for casual use that the doserless style will win for freshness.

Tips and Tricks Our experiments with Turkish coffee grinds on the Rocky have been hit or miss. Every other grind has been super consistent.
Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over
Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 20 to 30 seconds

Additional Information

Manufacturer Rancilio
Width 4.7 inches
Depth 9.8 inches
Height 14.0 inches
Volts 120V
RPM of Burrs 1725 RPM
Case Material Stainless Steel
Bean Hopper Capacity 8 oz
Dosing Options Doser or Doserless Versions Available
Adjustment Configuration Stepped - Macro and Micro Settings
Grinder Style Burr - Flat Steel
Burr Diameter 50mm
Material Metal and Plastic

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I feel silly for asking this, but I cant seem to find the proper setting for the Rocky Dozerless when making DRIP coffee in my Technivorm MochaMaster Machine. Ive been using 30, but someone said I could drop down to 25. Im aware this is all relatively variable, but can I get some suggestions on what setting I should use on my Rocky for making great DRIP coffee on my machine?
ZJDSanFrancisco on Sep 4, 2013
Best Answer: I currently use a setting of 30 on my Doserless for coffee I am brewing in my Technivorm MochaMaster machine. I tried 25, but it didn't taste as good as it does on 30. I have used this many different coffees and find 30 works best.
Reply · Report · John B on Mar 1, 2015
I am at a crossroads on which grinder to buy, either the Vario the Rocky. I will be using it for drip coffee with my Moccamaster and I will be purchasing a Nuova Simonelli Musica. I think the Rocky may be a better built machine overall but I am also thinking it may be easier to switch back and forth between drip and espresso. Thoughts and suggestions?
Nathaniel H on Mar 5, 2014
Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder
Baratza Vario Burr Grinder
Baratza Vario Burr Grinder
Best Answer: Nathan, as someone who owned both machines, I can unequivocally say Vario. I kept Rocky for almost three years and finally grown frustrated with the necessity to weigh my coffee every single time, its coarse settings changes (inability to fine-tune the grind) and the amount of coffee that gets stuck in the shoot. I bought Vario just about two weeks ago as a result of having one at work and cannot be happier. It is well built, do not think that it is flimsy. It is precise, consistent, and easy to operate. You do have to tune it to both grinds by using scales and measurements, but once you do, you never have to use your scale unless you change your beans. Even then you can keep records of all the settings, and simply change to them. Push the button, and it grinds just the right amount. No fuss, no coffee stuck in the shoot, no problems. To me, it was well worth the $100 extra, no doubt about it.
Reply (1) · Report · Greg S on Mar 6, 2014
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Is it worth spending the extra money for the Rocky, over the Breville Smart Grinder or Baratza Virtuoso? 95% of the time I make use a drip coffee maker, and only occasionally make espresso or use a French press, but I want a grinder that produces an even, consistent grind and will have a long, trouble-free life. Any advice or experience is appreciated!
BART H on Mar 6, 2014
Best Answer: I was in the same boat, but I was only looking to use it for drip. Now that I have a Technivorm Moccamaster, I wanted a good burr grinder to replace my blade grinder. I talked to the folks at SCG and other places and everyone started with the Baratzas, but I was hesitant after reading many reviews on many sites about the build quality, After much anguish, I decided to go with the Rocky Doserless, which I received a couple of days ago, due to the glowing reviews on quality and discussions with SCG. So far it has improved the coffee, is quiet and does a nice grind. The only minor issue I have found is that the switch would be better if it was on the side instead of the front. I put the filter in the filter basket and stick that under the snout and grind right into that.
Reply · Report · John B on Mar 7, 2014
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Has anyone used this to grind coffee for a French Press? I am considering this grinder or a Baratza Vario. Thanks
Mark M on Feb 4, 2014
Best Answer: I've had both and the rancillio is far better constructed. Baratzas fall apart after a year or so... or at leas they did with me, I went through 3 on warranty within 2 years before I just decided to get the rancillio. Also, it grinds far better than the vario, although, the vario was easier to clean.
Reply (1) · Report · Robert F on Feb 4, 2014
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I am considering the Paquini Lux and the Rocky. Seems like Rocky has a much larger user base, but I am curious about grind consistency, ease of cleaning and maintenance and overall user satisfaction with the product?
I make about 6 double shots per day, once a week 18 to 25.
I have a Silvia and have been using a Solis (Baratza) Maestro grinder (Ok at best, not happy with grind consistency).
Thanks
Peter
A shopper on Jun 19, 2013
Best Answer: I bought the Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder with doser for my boyfriend about a year ago. We love it! We both love espresso and have at least two each daily. It will depend on your espresso machine, but we find the grind setting at 9 perfect for espresso. We also brew coffee via the pour over method and we found that setting it at 25 is great for this application. My only complaint is that it is a little messy even with the doser and we actually had to take off the plastic cupping under the doser so that our portafilter would fit underneath (the plastic prongs were too narrow for it to fit under the machine. It was easy to remove and now it works great! We clean our grinder once a month with Full Circle grinder cleaner and this seems to work really well, just buy some cheap whole beans to run through the machine after cleaning. Good luck!
Reply · Report · Emily H on Jun 19, 2013
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I purchased this grinder few years ago. Ever since, I haven't been able to set the grinder to a number lower than 10 or higher than 30. Any advice you can provide to resolved this problem?

Thanks in advaced..
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
Best Answer: When I was looking at purchasing a Rocky I did research on what settings to use for my four coffee makers. All I found was "trial and error".

Evidently, the scale on the bottom of the hopper is merely a taped on scale, which is not calibrated to any standard.

My particular Rocky will advance a little above 30; but, it is reluctant to be set much, if any, below the number 15.

But, it sure does a fine job for espresso as well as the large grind for cold press style coffee.
Reply · Report · William F on Jun 19, 2014
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DISCLAIMER: I'm completely new to espresso all together. That being said, I received my Breville Dual Boiler and Rancilio Rocky yesterday with the veltons bonsai blend and am having the hardest time locking in the grind for the above machine. Please can someone steer me in the general direction? I'm new at this and keep getting a sour/bitter cup.
MGraves on Jun 19, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Marisol,

I have the same grinder and it has plenty of room for grind adjustment. I would make certain that the grind/tamp combination results in a 25-30 seconds to pull your shot of espresso (actually that is the time I use for a triple shot, but everything I read says it's about the same for a single or double--the portafilter basket sizes differ but not the time of the pulled shot). I have no experience with your coffee maker since I have Rocket machines--however, too coarse or too fine a grind greatly affect the taste. Timing counts.

With that said, I too went through about 1/2 a pound of "Bonsai" when my machines first arrived. Now I can dial in the adjustments for various coffees quite quickly--just be patient.

Good luck.
Reply · Report · Merton H on Jun 20, 2013
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I am have a problem with my rocky. Suddenly it stopped grinding. I made a mistake in not cleaning it since I got it like 3 years ago. I took it apart and it was coated with coffee residue. I cleaned it real good and put it back together like the video says to do on this page. But it will wont work. Only a little trickle comes out.
Any ideas?
A shopper on Feb 3, 2013
Best Answer: I bought Rocky end of December last year (1.5 months ago). We are using it every day and have re-filled it with coffee beans 4 times. Last re-fill was of an almost completely empty grinder. The first grinding after the re-fill - nothing coming out. I mixed the beans and still nothing. I emptied the grinder and added a small amount of beans and made sure that they are actually entering the area where the burr is. Then I added a bit more. The grinding was smooth after that. It seems that coffee beans just do not enter the burr area as "naturally" as they should. Seems that it is better to re-fill the grinder when there are already some beans in it. Of course, this is not ideal when changing types of coffee you are using. Have no idea what cleaning may do.... My grinder is still brand new.
Reply · Report · Dragana A on Feb 5, 2013
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I just received my Chemex and I'm trying to calibrate a good starting grind for it with my Rancilio Rocky. Using 50g of coffee and a Chemex filter, roughly what brew duration should I target for 800ml at 200° F? I know tastes vary, but am just trying to create a good baseline for now without expending too many beans. :-)
Eric H on Sep 21, 2014
Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder
Chemex Classic Series Coffeemaker
Chemex Classic Series Coffeemaker
Best Answer: For a Chemex I would probably suggest grinding at around 45 or so on your Rocky. I use 44 grams of coffee and pour about 100 grams of water every 30 seconds for a total of 700 grams of water. The total brewing time should take about 4-5 minutes. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 25, 2014
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I've used the Rancilio Rocky about 4 times a week for nearly 9 months and now I can't adjust the coarse setting. I took apart the grinder and found that coffee grounds and worked their way into the threads of the grinding head. That grinding head is what moves to adjust the coarseness, the plastic hopper is attached to this grinding head (screw in for finer grind and unthread or loosen for coarser grind). I'm just curious if anybody else has had this problem with the grinder?

I completely took apart the grinder and had to use a large pipe wrench to remove the grinder head because it was so tight. Once I removed it I could clean off the threads and then I put it all back together. It works better for now but after I took apart the unit to me it looks like an engineering flaw in the design of grinder because there is no way to keep coffee grounds from getting up into the threads of that main grinder head. let me know if you've had this problem before or how you fixed it. I also run cleaning beans every couple of weeks through the machine.
Andy D. on Sep 2, 2013
Best Answer: The same thing happened to me. It wasn't as hard for me to get the head off though. I just took a toothpick and got the grounds out of the threads. It was really easy. Probably not much of a way to avoid it. I use my grinder 6 times a day and have had it for 2 years. Have only cleaned it once. If it's happening more to you I would check what side of your machine you have the grinder on. If it sits near the steam wand of your machine, it's possible there is more moisture getting into the machine (making the grounds more moist) than if it were on the other side on your machine.
Reply · Report · Jacob H on Sep 11, 2013
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Decisions, decisions! I just purchased a Technivorm Moccamaster KB741 coffee maker and have been enjoying the accompanying (pre-ground) Velton's coffee - in fact, I awake every morning anticipating that first cup of coffee. As my supply of perfectly ground coffee dwindles, I'm considering retiring my 23-year old Krups blade grinder (it will serve as a decent spice grinder) and upgrading to a burr grinder. I've narrowed it down to Rancilio Rocky Doserless, Baratza Vario and Baratza Preciso. I'm somewhat partial to beans locally roasted in Sandpoint, ID by Evans Brothers Coffee, so fresh beans won't be a problem. And while I'm at it, I'm tempted to include a Saeco Via Venezia espresso machine. Am I on the right track? Any opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Betsy H on May 13, 2014
Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder
Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Machine
Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Machine
Best Answer: I have the Rancilio Rocky Coffee grinder and love it! It replaced a good burr grinder that I purchased from Starbucks about 15 years ago. When I upgraded to the Rocky, it made a huge difference in the quality of espresso. My advice is to stay away from the Saeco Via Venezia if you plan to make lattes. I also had that model (which replaced a Starbucks version of the same machine). The problem is with the milk frother. It makes huge foam bubbles and not the smooth version I was used to when I had the earlier version that Starbucks marketed. I now have a Silva Rancilio espresso maker and love it. I had the temperature regulator installed (PID) but would skip that if I were to order it again. I am a daily maker of lattes (either hot or cold depending on the season) and have done this since 1995. I started with a Krups (it died after three years), then purchased the Starbucks Barrista (worked great for 17 years and had the steam wand with a pinhole), then purchased the Saeco which I could only stand to use for a year. Since then I have been in love with the Silva Rancillio. I purchased the Rocky grinder after a year and the quality of my espresso went up even higher. Best of luck!
Reply · Report · Kathy S on May 13, 2014
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I have been looking for a good grinder for some time, and have come down to the Rancilio for both quality and aesthetics (usability). I use an AeroPress almost exclusively, and the Rancilio would allow me to grind directly into the aeropress filter, but....is this just totally overkill? Will I have a different taste experience is I used, say, a Krups or Encore, or some other entry-level grinder? I currently use a Hario Mini for grinding (which I have been doing for two years now) and am getting tired of hand-grinding. I live alone, and only grind on a per-cup basis (double-shot, or ~22g for Aeropress).
MKnox on Mar 25, 2013
Best Answer: Hi there -

I've had the Rocky for about a month now, and have been quite happy with it. I use it with a Pavoni Europiccola, and though I'm still getting the hang of that machine, the Rocky has improved my shots dramatically. I am the only one in the house who uses it, and typically have a couple of espressos in the morning. I also grind directly into the portafilter - it's doserless. My only issue with it is that a small amount of grounds remains at the top of the spout, and the only way I can find to get that out is to lets some grounds run through and spill onto the counter before putting the portafilter in place.

I can't speak to your other questions, though I did switch from using a cheap Cuisinart burr grinder that left tons and tons of fines along with a Chemex. I still love the Chemex, though am in more of an espresso mood these days, but in retrospect, the Cuisinart grinder was junk, though I didn't realize that until I used the Rocky. Maybe it's overkill, but I am very happy with it, and also feel like it will last for years - the thing is built like a tank.
Reply · Report · Anne G on Mar 26, 2013
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what setting is best for a french press?
Bert H on Aug 4, 2014
Best Answer: i stopped using a french press. i was tired of the grit. for a hario paper filter drip system i set it on 20. for a french press start with 20 and see if the grit level is acceptable. move to coarser or finer to adjust to your taste.

french presses get cold quickly. i would remove the glass carafe from the metal holder and put it into a pot of hot (175+ degree) water to keep the coffee hot. use a pot holder or towel to pour into a hot (not cold) cup. be careful and have a spare bodum glass carafe in case of breakage.

make sure your grinder blades are sharp. if the grind is inconsistent, it's time to have them sharpened or buy new ones.

the rocky is the best grinder for the money. it's heavy but stays put. the question is whether you want a doser or doserless machine. doser only if you do multiple espresso shots at one time, all the time.
Reply · Report · larry i on Aug 4, 2014
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How often should the burrs be changed on the Rocky Doserless - once every 100 lbs ground, 200 lbs?
John B on Mar 3, 2014
Best Answer: We have generally found replacing the burrs on the Rocky is only necessary once every 5 years or so with normal home usage.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 3, 2014
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Seattle Coffee Gear recommends cleaning burrs on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, either with a cleaning brush or a burr grinder-specific cleaning product, such as Grindz. In order to access the burrs on the Rocky you must remove the bean hopper. This is not identified in the owners manual as a standard practice. Are any of you removing the bean hopper, and if so are there any special issues to be aware of before you start? There is a black plastic plate, with three screws, holding down the hopper. If you remove this is there a special sequence or protocol so that you don't cause any problems with the grinding output control?
A shopper on Jun 11, 2012
Best Answer: Here is a video that might help answer your question about cleaning the Rocky grinder: http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/learn/videos-home/ask-the-experts/cleaning-rancilio-rocky
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Jun 12, 2012
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I see there "HSD-ROC-SS" and "-SD" models online. What's the difference, please, and which is yours on offer? Thanks
A shopper on Dec 20, 2014
Best Answer: The -SS version is the Doser, and the -SD is the doserless option. We carry both versions, just choose the one you want from the drop down menu. We generally suggest the doserless option for a home situation, but both are very popular!
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Dec 22, 2014
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Do you recommend the Rocky doser or doserless? It's for home use but I have noticed that with the doserless you can get a lot of slumps.
EJ B on Sep 27, 2014
Best Answer: We generally recommend Doserless grinders for home use so that you can grind right into your portafilter, but yes, there will be some clumping with this Rocky (and many grinders). As long as you keep the Doser clean and free of older grounds so that what you're grinding is fresh you can certainly avoid clumps with the Doser model. With the Doserless model you can use a toothpick or skewer to break up clumps before you level and tamp your grounds in your portafilter. Either model would work just fine, it just depends on which solution to eliminating clumping you would prefer!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 29, 2014
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How high is the chute on the Rocky doserless? Wondering if I would be able to grind directly into a french press that's about 7 1/2" tall?
A shopper on Jun 1, 2014
Best Answer: The grind chute on the Rocky Doserless is 5 3/4 inches high from the base to the bottom of the chute, but depending on your french press you may be able to tilt it to fit underneath. For example, I am able to fit the 8 Cup Bodum French Press found at the link below under it just fine by tilting. Hope this helps!

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/bodum-brazil-french-press-8-cup-polycarbonate
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 2, 2014
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How do I get a courser grind from my machine?
Gabrielle W on May 13, 2014
Best Answer: The larger numbers indicate a larger grind size on the Rancilio Rocky grinder. You could theoretically recalibrate this grinder and move the burrs apart, but our technicians don't really recommend this, and then you would lose the very finest grind settings that this unit offers. We would instead advise purchasing another grinder like the the Baratza Encore if you require coarser grinding than the Rocky.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 13, 2014
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What's the doser option? I use a grinder for both drip, and then espresso for my read eye. Which do I need? Thanks!
Jonnie E on Oct 8, 2013
Best Answer: The Doser option of the Rocky is shown on the left, while the Doserless is shown on the right. We generally suggest Doserless for home use, as a Doser is essentially a container that you grind in to and then "dose" out portions of grounds into a portafilter. The Doserless model allows you to grind right into either a container or the portafilter via a chute on the front of the machine. This grinder is not the easiest to change grinder settings on, however, so if you plan to use it for both espresso and drip, it can be frustrating to dial back in to espresso. Also, you may waste beans because you always need to have the grinder running as you dial the unit back down to a finer grind. Hope this helps, but let me know if you have any other questions!
Reply (1) · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 11, 2013
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After much use, it is still unclear to me whether the finest or most coarse grind is 0. Anyone have a quick answer?
Audry W on Jul 8, 2013
Best Answer: The Rocky grinder is on the finest setting at zero, while larger numbers represent a courser grind. Be sure to dial the grind down to a finer setting only while the unit is running, in order to prevent the machine from compressing on grounds between the two burrs.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 8, 2013
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I use Rancilio espresso machine, and was wondering what's the proper adjustment for Rocky Grinder? Using Lavazza Coffee beans.
Mike K on Dec 15, 2012
Best Answer: Every grinder is different and every machine is different, so there will not be one setting that is absolutely going to work for your set-up without experimentation. Here in the showroom, our Silvia uses about an 8 on the Rocky, but even depending on the age of your beans, the settings can change. I'd suggest starting there and then timing your shots, to get the 2 ounces of liquid for a double shot extracted in the 20-30 seconds when tamped with 30# of pressure.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 19, 2012
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The cabinets in my kitchen are 14" - 14 1/2 above the counter. The Silvia fits under the cabinet. Is the height of the Rocky grinder 14" with the coffee bean holder? Are there other alternatives that may fit better? Is there a smaller coffee holder available?

Thanks!

Paul
Paul T on Nov 3, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, the total height for the Rocky is 14" with the hopper. There is not another hopper available for this grinder.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 20, 2012
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I am considering the purchase of a Rancilio Rocky Grinder. I have noted that most reviewers use the grinder for espresso grinds. I intend to use mine for a medium/courser grind as I have a Chemex pot, using the thicker filter papers. Also, I get coffee beans at Costco - the ones custom roasted by Starbucks, and they are a bit oily. Would the Rocky Grinder be good just for this type of use, or should I consider another grinder?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, you can use the Rocky for your coarse applications, such as French Press or Chemex. Any beans can be ground in this machine, but I would suggest using a product like Grindz more often if your beans are super oily, as it has an additive that helps remove oils from the grinder and is food safe.
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Resources

Warranty Information for the Rancilio Rocky Grinder

What it Covers:

Rancilio espresso machines and grinders

Length:

- 1 Year (Silvia & Rocky Grinders)

- 1 Year (Commercial-class machines and grinders)

Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes:

The Silvia and Rocky are eligible for SCG's standard warranty support and service. Learn more about what's covered.

All other espresso machines and grinders are covered by a limited, commercial-class warranty. For more information on service and support, please discuss with your commercial sales rep.

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Silvia only).
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Rancilio Rocky Grinder

  • Clean burrs on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, either with a cleaning brush or a burr grinder-specific cleaning product, such as Grindz.
  • Remove and hand wash bean hopper and lid with warm soap and water as needed.

User Manuals for your Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder


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Reviews

Why Did I Wait?Review by Jeff
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Absolutely loving this grinder. I soldiered on with my Solis (from Baratza) until after 12 years, kaput. Hmmm, maybe this is two endorsements in one.

The one issue I had with the Solis was that if I was working through several shots for friends or dialing in that custom blend, boy, that thing would vary. Really made it a challenge to pull consistent shots.

Fast forward to the new addition to my coffee station, the Rocky doserless. Silvia has never worked better. Even if the shot is a little long or short, the one thing I can count on is consistency. There are a number of variables to getting your grind, but the grinder shouldn't be it.

The Rocky is every bit as stout as the Silvia. Grinds quick, cool, quiet -- probably no point in comparing the noise to a discontinued model (the Solis), but a good bit quieter.

The grind is very consistent. That extra finesse in the burrs pays off big in pulling the shot. Who needs volumetric metering in an espresso machine when you pretty well know what you're going to get counting it off? OK, maybe overstating it, but really, the impact is almost as if I had picked up a new espresso machine.

Espresso Heaven! (Posted on 1/19/2015)
Clogs constantly and jamsReview by Micheal
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Seems built heavy,BUT POOR QUALITY= What I mean,I have been making home Espressos for OVER 12 yrs and have NEVER had a grinder that plugged up every 3-4th espresso. It is a poor design where the ground leave the grinder through the shoot. I would NOT recommend this head ache to anyone. Micheal (Posted on 1/18/2015)
Great GrinderReview by Bill
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I am not a coffee expert but this grinder does make a difference in the taste of coffee. Used the same beans in an old blade grinder we had and this one and the Rocky is well worth the money spent.
Build solid and does a great job in grinding the beans.

If the manufacturer could put plugs in the screw holes that hold the plastic grinder cover on in the bean container it would save the end user from digging out the beans after each use. (Posted on 1/16/2015)
Quality at the right priceReview by Carl
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Mine is the doserless model. Like others have stated, it delivers coffee in clumps & leaves I don't know how much behind. I count off 8 seconds after hearing the beans have been ground (it's quite audible). After those 8 seconds, nothing comes out. Having had a year's experience grinding beans in my Starbucks Barista, I know it takes 1 1/4 Tbs to properly fill my 58mm portafilter, so 1 1/4 Tbs is all I place in the hopper. Doing this assures me I'm getting most, if not, all the coffee out the dispenser that I put in the hopper.
I've 15" clearance to park Rocky between uses, so anything taller than that would never fit. In a small kitchen, space IS important so do measure.
I use the number 10 setting for my Nuova Oscar. A smaller number was too fine a ground.
If you're hedging between this & a lesser-priced make because of budget, don't. Get Rocky. I've read the reviews of the grinder that replaced my Starbuck's Barista. It definitely lacks the quality mine had & may very well not last the 11 years mine has let alone it's first. Make do with what you have while saving the coins to buy Rocky. If yours is busted & you MUST have something, good luck! (Posted on 1/2/2015)
Very reliable grinderReview by Tequila Monster
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If you want a grinder for home use that has every setting you will ever need this machine will perform well. I have had mine for seven years and have never had an issue. I would give it six stars for price and value because I don't think you can get another machine of this quality in the same price range. (Posted on 12/2/2014)
Excellent espresso grinder but poor chute and doser design.Review by Mauro
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This product is worth 5 stars in terms of espresso grind. You "only" have 9-10 settings for espresso (1 through 10) depending on what kind of beans you have and it does a very good job. The unit as a whole is built like a tank yet has a small footprint which is a plus in a home kitchen. I've tested the Rocky for a week now and I am very happy with the purchase overall. Unfortunately the grinder has three major flaws. First, the chute design relies on momentum from the burr motion to get the grounds down to the doser. This is of no importance if you pull dozens of shots a day but if you only pull 3 or 4 then that means you are leaving somewhere between 2-3 grams of coffee in the chute. I use a small brush to clean this up every time and it takes 30 secs of so but you must be aware of this. Second, the grounds come up clumpy (something others online have commented on) so you need the doser to remove the clumps, which brings me to the third design flaw. The doser works well but has two issues. First, it shoots the grounds to the left. Not sure why but it does. So I basically never use the portafilter directly to avoid making a mess. If you don't care about messy grounds then this is not an issue. Second, the doser blades appear to be 1/8" too short in diameter which means you leave behind a rind of coffee in the doser that could get moldy over time. Again, with my little brush after I clean the chute I also clean the doser around. All of the stuff above is a 45-60 sec inconvenience (hence the 4 stars) but overall this is a good espresso grinder at a good price. (Posted on 11/30/2014)
Best grinder for espresso machineReview by Bikegirl
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After 1 month of ownership, we are thrilled with this grinder. The grind has been consistently perfect for our Rancillio espresso machine. It was hit or miss with our previous Kitchen Aid burr grinder. (We've had beans get stuck a couple of times, causing the machine to stop grinding. Emptying the machine, and reloading solves the problem.) (Posted on 10/24/2014)
Great ProductReview by coffee snob
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My first expensive coffee grinder, but well worth the $. Well built and solid, it gives consistently good grinds for every espresso I make and I make a lot. Have not had any issue with clumping at all as mentioned in one other review. Great little machine! (Posted on 10/5/2014)
Not all burr grinders are equalReview by Clint
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I have owned this grinder for almost a year. I came from using a Krups burr grinder. There is no comparison. Believe the hype about a good grinder. I was struggling to get a good shot with my Saeco Poemia, until I purchased this grinder. I ordered the doserless version and removed the portafilter holder railing. To mitigate any clumping i use the WDT method, which is using a cup or old yogurt container and cutting it so it fits in your portafilter. Dose, then take a bamboo skewer or the like and swirl the coffee. Finish by removing the cup and leveling off any excess coffee. I have not done any microscopic measurements but the bottom of my cup has no powder, which indicates a very consistent grind. I clean my grinder every two months and is easy to do. I paid twice as much for my grinder as I did my espresso machine and would do it again.

(Posted on 9/18/2014)
Perfect grindsReview by Pamela
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IMO, a great grinder is more important than an expensive espresso maker. I will HIGHLY recommend you buy a QUALITY grinder like the Rancilio Rocky to go along with any espresso or coffee machine you own (I have the Saeco Aroma, which is fantastic). You will be amazed how a precise, freshly ground bean will make any coffee/espresso maker taste like a coffee shop brew. (I bought the doserless model and took off the wire bail.) (Posted on 9/8/2014)
Best value grinderReview by David
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I have used the "Rocky" for 3 years. Extremely well built to last, consistent and flawless. You don't need to spend more. This is by far the best value in a grinder and I expect that it will outlast me. (Posted on 8/23/2014)
Built solid but, not enough adjustment for espresso Review by Americano
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I owned the Rancilio Rocky (for 2 weeks), before returning it. Between the extra bad clumping, lack of fine-tuning the grind, and gobs of grinds left in the grinder I found it inadequate for espresso…but it’s built so well your kids and grand kids will be able use it to pull pitiable shots too. (Posted on 7/26/2014)
Great so far! And Excellent Ordering support from SCG.Review by Richard
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So, like everyone else I'd read that fresh grind matters, but contented myself for a couple years with our Rocket Giotto buying good medium-roast espresso beans from a local roaster (can usually get w/in 2 days of roasting at our local Central Market), and grinding at the store. Sure, I didn't always get the grind I want with the store grinders seeing all the use they do, but I always thought I pulled a pretty good shot, adjusting for varying coarseness with my tamp pressure.

I was so, so wrong. With the Rocky, the little double-walled bodum glass shots are foam from top to bottom as the shot develops, that resolves after the shot finishes and the bubbles rise to 1/4" of crema or so. Wow. And if I overgrind one morning and use what was left in a day or two I can clearly see the difference as the crema depth reduces to what I thought was 'good', before. Fresh grind *really* matters, I get it now.

Anyway, debated long and longer before getting a grinder; we spent for the espresso machine so I told myself it was worth the money for a good grinder to accompany it, still I had a hard time justifying >$500, which pretty much narrowed it down to the Rocky and a couple of the Baratza models. Got the Rocky (doserless) despite the stepped settings and metal burrs because it was a metal housing, pretty easy (one setting method, one on switch, one momentary grind switch), and got good reviews here.

Oddly our order showed up with the hopper plastic wall shattered outward - I mean literally, a giant chunk of about 1/3 the diameter was blasted out, although the Rocky box and the external shipping box were pristine - so this was not shipping damage but happened at the factory. I can only imagine that the lid to the hopper wasn't quite on level when the boxing equipment at the factory pushed the lid down and stapled it, so the offcenter lid shattered the hopper. SGC were on top of it - only asked for a photo and gave me the option of a full return or a new hopper, with the suggestion that the new hopper would be quicker, so I went that route and got it inside a week. It let me see how the grind adjustment is zero-ed out since I had to screw the new internal base and hopper back onto the top grind plate, plus affix a new label.

With the doserless I removed the metal bail almost immediately and we grind into a small tupperware from which we transfer to our portafilter, esp. since my wife and I prefer different beans (she prefers really dark, I prefer more N. Italian medium/dark) and we're still getting a feel for how much to toss into the hopper each morning.

On the upside the metal housing is clearly sturdy as heck and the thing weighs a ton for its size, which means fairly low noise. Grinding with the hopper lid on vs. off is clearly also quieter. Grind is consistent, and the stepped adjustment couldn't be simpler with the way it locks into place. Tray base beneath the snout is a good backup for any bean spray (although per above we're not using the bail and grinding right into the portafilter, which I imagine could tend to get a bit "flingy").

Comments/Complaints are very minimal - the 3 screw holes in the little domed cover inside the hopper hold one bean each that you're never getting rid of short of keeping tweezers handy or inverting the whole thing. Seriously considering 3D printing some small plastic caps but afraid they might end up in the grind with vibrations. The 'snout' does sort of tend to collect a pile every now and then that will puke back out at you if you slide the grinder across the countertop and it kind of vibrates/bounces on its rubber feet, but shoving a bendy-straw up there and fishing around gets it out. The snout is plastic, ground beans can be static-charged, and/or oily beans can clump in humidity....that's life.

Oddly I read a lot of other posts here using settings from 8-12 for their espresso; I've not gone below 18 yet and am getting 20-30second small shots. I guess I tamp too hard? Slowly dropping the grind but so far the espresso is amazing even with more 'standard' beans (e.g. canned Illy whole beans) than the locally roasted ones I was buying. I might eventually drop down to 15-16 but I kind of doubt I'll end up much below that.

Only had about 3 weeks now, long enough to drop a few settings on grind and to get a feel for consistency, not long enough to have an opinion about long-term reliability, cleaning aspects, etc. yet, hence not going overboard giving "5's" anywhere, but might edit as time goes on if the site allows.

SCG's service on our order however deserves a 5-star, but that's not available on the review format. :-) (Posted on 5/11/2014)
Very HappyReview by Jim
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I have been using a spice grinder and heard that with a burr grinder I would get much better results. The Rocky delivers that and more. Very easy to use although I had to alter the filter holder to accomodate the one I have, mine would not fit.

All in all though I'm impressed with the grind and it has definitely changed the flavor of my espresso for the better. (Posted on 4/15/2014)
quite happy (with the doserless model)Review by Scot
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This machine is easy to use and extremely well built. Love it, I've had no issues. (Posted on 4/9/2014)
Me Likey!Review by Allen
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Before the Rocky doserless i used a Cuisenart blade grinder, so this is my first burr grinder. I wasn't positive how much of a difference it would make, but all the reviews say grinding is an important aspect of quality coffee. I take pride in my coffee I served to family & friends so I decided to give it a try.

I did a lot of research. I wanted quality, but did not want to break the bank either. Frankly, the Rocky cost more than I really wanted to spend, but I decided it was the best grinder with the performance and build quality I wanted at the lowest cost.
I'm not disappointed. My wife is not a coffee drinker, so when she heard the price she wasn't thrilled. After she got used to the idea, she kidded (really) me saying "This is grounds for divorce!"

I was not impressed with the directions that came with machine, but figured it was not exactly a rocket ship and started to experiment.

The Rocky is easy enough to use daily. With the blade grinder I was grinding once every 4-5 days. I am pleasantly surprised at the taste difference. The only con (and I know it happens with all grinders, including the blade grinder) is the static electricity that causes a few grinds to spread on the counter. I'm surprised they cannot engineer a solution, but not a huge problem.

My experience with the Rocky has encouraged me to try different coffees. Now I am broadening my barista skills to coffees from different countries.

The Rocky seems to be a good quality grinder! I recommend it!


(Posted on 3/28/2014)
Welcome Back Rocky!Review by Todd B
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Love the Rancilio Rocky coffee grinder! Commercial quality with pro components. Brass burr is easy to get on and off and the grind is always consistent.

This is actually my second Rocky. I switched to the new Baratza Forte earlier this year (just because it was the latest and greatest) And even with all the hype, it couldn't compete with Rocky! I sold the Forte and purchased my second Rocky and am never going back! (Posted on 3/20/2014)
works well with a forgiving espresso machineReview by tlh
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I had a Barataza Solis Plus which gave up the ghost and wanting to upgrade we chose the Rocky with flat heads. It grinds fast, quiet and is easy to fine tune enough for most mid grade espresso machines. We have paired it with the Gaggia Classic and it does quite well. We have been able to adjust to different roasts and have no complaints. Yet I think a medium roast is the best for the Rocky.
The only item I would change is to lower the holder down a bit so the grinds in the doserless can fill the holder without going back after a slight tamp. (Posted on 3/11/2014)
It is all about the grinderReview by Tom
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I have a saeco via venizia with a non pressurized portafilter. I had been hesitant to spend more money on a grinder than my machine. Now I wish that I didn't wait so long. I love drinking espesso straight or machiattos now. This will let me wait a year or two till I need to upgrade the machine.
Mine came calibrated so that it grinds best for espresso around number 12 to 14. This allows me for esy adjustments for the roast etc. However, the way it's set makes a muddy french press at the coarsest setting. Maybe I'll keep my old krups for that. (Posted on 3/2/2014)
Great MachineReview by Elliott
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Solid machine. This grinder has some heft to it. Runs quiet with little vibration. Quickly dials in for a grind giving a shot in 30 seconds. I really like this machine. (Posted on 1/21/2014)
disappointedReview by CC
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I have wasted so much money on coffee beans that the Rocky simply cannot grind. I push the grind button only to hear the motor, with nothing happening, so I have to turn the machine upside down to empty the bean container and keep experimenting the other coffee beans. The beans do not appear to be oily, and you can't judge the oiliness of packaged beans anyway. I am really disappointed and frustrated that it's a toss-up when you buy beans to not know in advance if the machine will even grind them! (Posted on 1/19/2014)
Great choice for my first espresso grinderReview by BlazinBob
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I ordered the Rocky Doserless grinder along with the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine. It's been a great combo! The grinder works very well. The first grinder I received was damaged, however. SCG was prompt in getting me a return label after I provided some photos and a description of the damage. I'm satisfied with their service, especially considering it was on a Saturday morning when I called regarding the matter. The Rocky looks great and does seem to be well made. I'm hoping to get many years of service out of it. (Posted on 12/7/2013)
good with reservationsReview by Carol
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My only complaint is that it is a bit messy, in that the coffee grounds seem to sprinkle around and don't catch neatly in the portafilter. In every other respect it's great. (Posted on 11/4/2013)
Great grinder, just a bit clumpyReview by Ben
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The rocky is a fantsatic grinder, i have had the doserless for alomst a year now and it makes the perfect espresso grounds, however i never grind directly into the portafilter because the clumps just spoil it, with the rocky you will need to grind into a cup and then give it a shake/stire then pour into the portafilter so you get a consistant density of coffee. othereise the water won't flow through evenly and it won't make a good tasting espresso :) although, i love my rocky and this method also saves on getting coffee all over the countertop :) (Posted on 8/10/2013)
Should have got the Rocky to begin withReview by 2birdlover3
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I just bought the Rancilio Rocky, after my (second) Baratza Preciso died beyond repair after only having it for a year and a half.
What a difference in grind! I dialed 8 for espresso on the Rocky and got superfine, powdery espresso grounds. My Rocket Cellini pulled a perfect shot with this grind!
I just wish I had purchased the Rocky from the get-go, would have saved myself money. Get the Rocky, I believe it is the best for the price you can find. (Posted on 7/30/2013)
Rocky -- my first higher end grinderReview by Peter
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The ladies at SCG are correct': the doserless is far better - even for espresso. So glad i do not have the doser to clean, etc. Nothing to clean up with doserless. Cannot imagine a better home-level grinder - its built like a tank. is it the best grinder, of course not. and its not plastic and not from china (Posted on 7/18/2013)
Outstanding Review by Coffee Novice
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Outstanding quality! Here to stay and a heirloom to be!

Enought said (Posted on 7/6/2013)
It's worth every penny!!!Review by CindyG
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I used a low end burr grinder for about 10 years to make drip and press coffee. The coffee was OK, but I was never entirely satisfied with it. And the thing that was crazy making about the cheap coffee grinder was the mess it made. Even though I don't intend to use this expensive piece of equipment for expresso, it was worth every penny I spent on it. The flavor of my drip and press coffee are excellent. The grind for press coffee is a bit small, but it's not a problem for me. It's beautiful to look at, there's little or no mess, and the coffee is excellent. I couldn't be happier with it. (Posted on 6/20/2013)
FantasticReview by Michael
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Finally purchased the Rocky. I had originally acquired a used MD40 It worked great for espresso, but was hard to adjust and a bit much for one person. My Rocky is doserless, which is much better for my needs (one person who also likes brewed coffee on occasion).

I love the Rocky. It is fantastic. And I had to buy from SCG since I learned all about espresso from your videos. (Posted on 6/8/2013)
Much Improved from other grindersReview by Ward
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Much better and more consistent grind. So much quieter than the Baratza I had. I was worried about mess that reviewers on another site complained of but this is so much cleaner than my two other grinders. I'm very happy with it and love the matching between it and my Silvia. (Posted on 5/12/2013)
This is the best grinderReview by StevieD
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After reviewing many grinders online including the videos at Seattle Coffee Gear, I decided to call them. The help at Seattle Coffee Gear was fantastic and they were right - the Rancilio Rocky coffee grinder is fabulous. Although some of the reviews commented on the lack of fine tuning of the grind, that has not been an issue. It is easy to use, grinds just the amount of beans that I add and with no mess. Buy this! (Posted on 5/10/2013)
Best Product I have bought to enhance my home brewingReview by Johann
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I cannot believe how much of a difference a good grinder makes in my espresso production. This is truly a worthwhile investment. I've been stalling from buying this for a while I I did not believe that it would make that much difference - but it truly does. I am now drawing 2 oz shots in 23 secs, with superb taste and crema. I am able to now quickly dial in my settings as I change beans, with few wasted shots.
I drink a few shots per day, and several more on weekends. My highest load is when we have guests over - and this makes production easy.
It is literally unbelievable the difference this grinder makes. In the past, I've used a hand grinder (burr), pre ground premium coffee, and coffee shop grinds, this grinder has made the best espresso from my machine to date. Grinding just before brewing make such a difference. If you are in doubt, go ahead and get one - you will be astounded.
As for some of the other reviews, I don't find it that messy - few grounds on the collection plate, but none all over the counter. It is not that loud either, I can grind coffee without waking up the rest of the house.

Excellent value, great service from SCG
(Posted on 5/9/2013)
Great step up from basic conical burr grinderReview by sfbombayite
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Upgraded to this from a Capresso Infinity, which is really not able to grind fine or consistently enough for espresso. This was a substantial upgrade, both in price as well as quality. The Rocky produces consistent and much finer grinds, which makes a difference with even a basic espresso machine/brewing setup. The price is high, but reflects the commercial-grade components. Compared to Baratza grinders, this doesn't have a grounds container or timer, making it a bit less user friendly. It's also a lot less easy to clean up the burrs (requires some disassembly/careful reassembly), and the machine doesn't really come with any useful instructions. However, if high quality grinding for espresso is the main criterion, this machine is an excellent buy. (Posted on 5/1/2013)
Great GrinderReview by Tom
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I bought the doserless Rancilio Rocky after reading a bunch of reviews. This replaces a Baratza that died on me. I'm very pleased with the Rancilio. It produces a little static but that's okay. The Baratza did too and it claimed to be anti-static. The removable portafilter holder is a great feature for when I want to place a Hario #2 filter basket under the spout. Some reviewers complained that the blue coffee holder was ugly. I think it's great. Some complained about the noise. It's not bad at all, much more pleasant grinding tone than the Baratza. Some folks complained about the placement of the grinding switch and the fact that you have to hold it down. Personally, I like those features. Finally, some folks complained that it isn't stepless. I've tried the two different methods today that I use most often - espresso for the La Pavoni and pour over coffee. Both turned out perfectly. I'm a happy camper with this grinder. (Posted on 4/23/2013)
works very well, with a few minor caveatsReview by Laura
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This is my third burr grinder, after a cheap one I forget the name of and a KitchenAid pro line. It took me some time to find the right setting for espresso -- I ruined a couple of perfectly good shots with too fine a grind (sad day when your machine labors and hums and no coffee ever comes out....) Start highish, 15-20, and work down from there.

As others have mentioned, the switch is in an awkward place at the front of the machine, and since I'm left handed its especially annoying. It works fine, it's just a little wierd to use.

I had not had the problem of beans getting stuck in the slots of the feeder, but I rarely grind really dark oily beans. I do wish it was easier to get the beans out of the hopper so that I could swap in decaf for those afternoons when I've already had four shots.... :) (Posted on 3/24/2013)
love itReview by mark
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out of the gate...it was the best coffee I have made with my Rancillio esspresso machine.....worth every penny. (Posted on 2/8/2013)
Rancilio Rocky--It made a difference I could taste!Review by Earle
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I’m extremely pleased with the Rocky grinder. To be honest, I didn’t believe a grinder could make such a difference in espresso. About a year ago the Rocket Premium Plus espresso machine became part of the family dining ceremony and prior to that we had been enjoying French press coffee ground in a Capresso Infinity. Being a scientist (and skeptical of “taste tests” which are not scientifically designed—and are abundant on the internet), I figured that one of the best of the inexpensive burr grinders (see Gail and Kat’s comparison video at SeattleCoffeeGear.com) must be very nearly as good as a more expensive grinder. For me, a relatively new espresso aficionado, the difference in coffee flavor produced would probably be minor—especially since I was still learning to be consistent with grind relative to tamping. But the Seattle Coffee Gear videos went so far to say that the grinder was perhaps even more important that the espresso machine. After extensive Internet research I finally purchased the Rocky. What a surprise. Even I could taste the difference. Better grind consistency produced better crème and flavor. My tamp consistency improved markedly (due to a more uniform grind?). Perhaps uniform-sized coffee grounds increase the porosity of the coffee and therefore the surface area in contact with the water. Is this what improves the espresso?

I purchased the doserless Rocky and highly recommend it. The only drawback is the position of the on/off switch located at the lower left-hand corner of the front. Since our Rocky is positioned right next to the Rocket, the switch is awkward to push. There is probably a design reason for its position but for my purposes a more convenient location would be above rather than below the coffee dispenser. That way coffee grounds would not spill on my hand holding the switch “on”. The machine lacks a timer and the addition of one would obviate the switch position issue.

My family is so pleased with the Rocket/Rocky combination that we are about to buy the pair for another home.
(Posted on 12/11/2012)
Rancilio's Rocky Coffee Grinder is FantasticReview by Eric
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I ,too, had a Virtuoso Preciso and could not obtain a fine enough grind for my Rocket Espresso machine. However, the Rancilio took minutes to dial in -- perfect crema!! It's worth the money. (Posted on 10/4/2012)
Great grinder for a great cup of espresso ristretoReview by Gene
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I had a Virtuoso Preciso, but was not happy with the finess of the grind for my taste in espresso (ristreto) even though I had the settings as fine as possible. The Rocky does a great job! I have the grind set at 10 and any lower would be too fine! Yes its noisy, but heck ITS A GRINDER! (Posted on 9/26/2012)
Pretty solid machine but a little priceyReview by Jb
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Grinds fine enough for espresso
Grinds consistently for espresso and drip
Motor handles grinding throughout the grind range

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Pricey
Pretty large steps between each grind setting. Would like finer adjustments.
At fine grind settings beans periodically Stick in hopper and dont grind without a gentle tap.

Pretty solid machine
Fine grind is a little clumpy
Residual grind sticks in delivery spout after grinding
(Posted on 7/30/2012)
Rancilio's Rocky Coffee Grinder is OutstandingReview by Jim
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The Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder is outstanding. Using it in place of a hand grinder, I am now able to make a consistently robust, yet not muddy, cup of coffee. I use the coarsest grind setting (turning the setting counterclockwise as far as it will go) on a modestly priced medium roast bean.

Others have complained about not being able to grind all the beans unless they have a load in the bean hopper. I have not had this problem. I just load what I need into the hopper.

Regarding the problem of beans getting into the slots where the screws are (for removing the plastic grinder cover inside the bean hopper for cleaning the grinders), all I do is lift up the grinder and tip it upside down. The grinder may be a bit heavy, but this is the fastest way to remove beans stuck in those slots.

For me, this is a fantastic grinder! (Posted on 7/21/2012)
Great grinderReview by Ray the Polak
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Great grinder! It took me 10 minutes to dial it in and I am getting consistently good espresso shots.

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Easy To Use

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None (Posted on 5/28/2012)
Tried and TrueReview by Older Gent
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Rocky is 10 years old this year. It has been used every day and sadly doesn't get cleaned very often and I have used oily looking beans many times. Never had a problem with any part of it. I get a great constant espresso shot every time. Generally I will just grind enough for us in the morning; with guests over I will fill up the hopper somewhat and my guests don't have to hear the grinder. When we entertain everyone wants coffee because ours is very good.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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Messy (Posted on 5/15/2012)
Worthy purchase exceed my expectationsReview by James loves espresso
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Great purchase, it has made an incredible difference in the quality of coffee. It is quite a leap to make a purchase for a grinder at this price, but we use it everyday and I would recommend you find a high-quality grinder such as this one. One weird quirk was no instructions were provided. We did find some videos and online information that helped.

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Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Use

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Great grinderReview by toad
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Perfect

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

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Great Grinder with one hiccup.Review by Jed
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This grinder is easy to use and has great fineness resolution with many setting notches. It really picked up my coffee game.

The only qualm I have is that the doser doesn't *quite* match the portafilter baskets. One dose in the single shot, or two in the double, mean the 58mm tamper will hit the basket edges and stop well before you've put 30 lbs of pressure on the coffee. I have to put just a bit more coffee in the basket to get that compression. With that said I've loved the machine.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use

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Awesome grinder!Review by SB Coffee
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Have used this every day for a month. It was easy to dial in. Easy to adjust (although I use it primarily for espresso). Consistent grind every time, Had a Gaggia MD unit before this one. Like the doserless much better.

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Easy To Use, Consistent Grind, Great Taste, Easy to dial in

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Awesome grinderReview by Linus Franklin
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Awesome grinder, easy to use, easy to setup, removal portafilter holder makes it easy to grind drip coffee, mostly metal construction and plastic used is antistatic. The only comment is finer grinds tend to clump a little. Very little wasted grinds, not much is held inside feeder so when changing grind settings not much is wasted between changes.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Solid build, Commercial Grade, Anti static feeder

Cons:
Finer grinds are clumpy (Posted on 2/27/2012)
Great GrinderReview by Cindy
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Great grinder...use for espresso, press and drip...like all burr grinders, it does not switch instantly between grinds, but no complaints. It is amazingly "not messy", coffee goes right in the portafilter!

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Easy To Use, Not messy, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 2/23/2012)
will never go back to a coffee grinderReview by Miskenpm
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Since using the burr grinder, I can tell a huge difference in the taste of my coffee. Before I started using the burr, my coffee would taste bitter and now I am enjoying my cups of coffee. My husband thought I was nuts to spend so much money on a grinder and now he has admitted that he too can tell the difference! I am very happy with my purchase. Now it is time to update my $20 coffee pot to the espresso machine I just ordered.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 2/12/2012)
Excellent resultsReview by Peter
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Does a great job once it's dialed in.

Ground coffee spills around the portafilter, and has to be wiped up. But this is not a major inconvenience.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use

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Messy (Posted on 2/12/2012)
Good Grinder, But ExpensiveReview by Avid Coffee drinker
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I purchased the Rocky Mountain doserless Grinder as part of a package with the Rancilio Silvia. Other, less expensive, grinders were also paired with the Silvia, but on the advice of my local barista, I purchased the Rocky Mountain. I've had it about a month and am happy with it so far. It is noisy and messy, but what grinder isn't? The container holds about a half a pound of beans. I made the mistake of letting it get a little too low, and although there were beans in the hopper, there wasn't enough "weight" to push them through the burrs. I will keep the hopper filled now. One minor detail is that you have to hold the grind button with one hand; it stops grinding if you release it. Overall, this is a good, well-made grinder.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use

Cons:
Noisy (Posted on 2/2/2012)
My new loveReview by Paco
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The word that comes to mind is "quality". It is heavy, powerful, quiet and not partularly messy. Just perfect for both my wife and me. She started using it to grind coffee daily for her whimpy french press. I am very impressed and satisfied with our purchase.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Quiet, Not messy, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 2/2/2012)
Nice Match!!Review by SpressOhead
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I upgraded from the I-2 mini. (Ascaso) The stepless mini was just too much hassle for dialing back and forth. Since I just bought a new Bezzera BZ07 DE (volumetric) I thought I'd give the highly-acclaimed Rocky a shot as it has "click-in" settings. Wow! I got a near perfect dial on the first click at 15! (I use home-roast exclusively) We'll see how it pans out in the future, but right now, I'm lovin' it! My only complaints are the no-seal lid, which I fixed with a rubber band, and the switch positions aren't so perfectly positioned. But I can live with that. Those two things aside, I'd go five stars. The machine as fairly quiet and smooth. I was amazed at how fine it will go without bogging-down. Anyone who can't make espresso with this is gonna have to give up . . . . party rock it!! (not sorry)

Pros:
Easy dial-in, Price vs quality, Quiet

Cons:
Bad switch positions, Non-sealed hopper lid (Posted on 1/30/2012)
Fantastic!!! Best Grinder I ownedReview by Carlos
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Great for any use specially Home.

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Quiet, Commercial Grade, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 12/19/2011)
What A GREAT Machine!Review by Ed
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I am truly amazed at the difference a high performance grinder makes in the quality of my shots. I have it 'dialed in' and now have totally consistent shots!

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 12/13/2011)
Love the RockyReview by Alaskan Girl
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Bought the Rocky and love it. Have never had any problems, knock on wood. Only use it for the Silvia, but only because I don't like switching the beans back and forth. Use my old grinder for regular coffee. Heavy, but solid.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 11/20/2011)
Grinder without spending a $1,000.Review by irvinj
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Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder - Open Box; For the price I paid I cannot complain. But... you must keep in mind this grinder is for home use and now and then requires a "jiggle" to dislodge a bean or two which clog's the burrs. I might add it can be messy but then one does not get into espresso and its associated drinks without a mess. That is just the wonderful way coffee is. Once calibrated (dialed in) the grind is always consistent. I can honestly say I enjoy this machine and the pleasure of the coffee drink(s) it permits me to produce. Yes, I would purchase again.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste

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Messy (Posted on 11/18/2011)
Great grinderReview by Big E
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I bought a Ranchillo espresso machine last year and decided to save a little money and not purchase the grinder at the same time. This grinder is really a better quality than my old burr grinder and it really made a difference. Wish I had purchased both at the same time.

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Easy To Use, Quiet

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(Posted on 11/7/2011)
As good as they sayReview by BonBon
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I use this every day, paired with Rancilio Silvia, they work fabulously together, Rocky is considerably quiet, super easy to use, and fabulous looking I have to say. I am completely head over heels for this machine! If you really are particular about your coffee/espresso and it's a bit of a hobby, then this is the machine for you.

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Quiet, Easy To Use, Large variety of grind, Looks Great, Perfect grind every time

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Expensive (Posted on 10/12/2011)
Nice grinder. I use it with oscar.Review by MZ
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basically enough for home use. and if u have a good espresso machine and you're an experienced user, this should be enough. there's only one problem: the doser is too close to the supporter underneath.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use

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Doser is too low (Posted on 9/29/2011)
As Expected!Review by rcph
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The machine performs as advertised; it is very good with no dissappointments.

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Machine is as advertised

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No Cons it's good (Posted on 9/28/2011)
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee GrinderReview by Madmax
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Perfect addition for the Rancilio Silvia Espresso maker. These two products go hand in hand for a great cup of coffee. Doserless grinder was a great choice after reading all the posts & then actual usage of this product.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 7/27/2011)
Perfect match for Silvia machineReview by Boris
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My friend has it and he's mastered latte creation almost to perfection. I've just purchased Rancilio Silvia machine and was using it with my old KitchenAid ProLine burr grinder quite successfully or so I thought.

It is absolutely true when people say: grinder is the most important part of your espresso preparation. From exactly the same coffee beans my espresso tastes 100x better after I've started using Rancilio Rocky.

Simply no comparison. Buy it - you won't regret it.

P.S. machine came with coffee grounds stuck all over it. I first thought what the hell -- I don't want a used machine. Then I found a label from manufacturer that they test every machine with real coffee beans. So, don't be alarmed if you see coffee grounds with your new grinder (apparently it is normal).

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Quiet, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 7/24/2011)
Solid Grinder with One Annoying HabitReview by Teebs
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Everyone says it, and it's true: the Rocky is a great grinder. But it has one annoying habit. Rocky doesn't like oily beans and after a bit of grinding, will spin without grinding even though there are beans in the hopper. Simply emptying the hopper and then scooping the beans back in seems to work, but it's annoying to do that frequently. If you're in the habit of using Starbucks espressos or other fairly oily beans, Rocky might not be the best choice for you.

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(Posted on 5/30/2011)
Transformation!Review by John
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I use the grinder for making espresso. I had a burr grinder, but my shots took less than 10 seconds no matter how I tamped them. The taste was so-so also. With this grinder, the difference in grind was like night and day - unbelievable. I had been thinking I needed a new espresso maker, but didn't have the fortitude to spend $1,700. But would an expensive grinder help? After watching many videos, I held my breathe and took the plunge, and now know it was worth every cent. After re-learning tamping, the shots take 20 or so seconds with beautiful crema on top, and a full rich taste - a real transformation.

My only suggestion for improvement is at least for my portafilter, it would be better to have a little more space between the chute and the rest bar to allow more coffee to settle in.

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Quiet for a grinder, Easy To Use, Perfect grind

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(Posted on 5/13/2011)
just as promisedReview by Sandy
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This open box Rocky seems as good as a new product. Gives me a chance to enter the world of home espresso making at a reduced price. I have a lot to learn but the Rocky can make tiny changes in the grind consistency enabling me to hone my shot pulling skills. So far so good. The Rocky replaces a Cuisinart burr grinder which was just awful.

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Great as good as new

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Not a great manual (Posted on 3/19/2011)
A solid machine that does the job!Review by caferunner
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Love this grinder; it is a huge step up from what I was using before. I use it in conjunction with my Rancillo Silva. It is rock solid, easy to use and delivers consistant results.Right after I got the Rocky, I noticed that the dispensing chute was cracked on the left side. It turns out that this was a production problem that Rancillo was having for a while. I called Seattle Coffee Gear on a Monday morning and the warranty replacement part was in my mailbox two days later. I have no complaints about SCG [..service.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste

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Hard To Clean (Posted on 2/28/2011)
love itReview by Jim the Runner
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i have been using the rocky doserless just about every day since it arrived for both espresso (with a gaggia espresso machine) and for pour over. it's been consistently great for both, no major complaints or flaws i can think of. i really like that there is a removable tray beneath the grind chute and that the filter holder is removable. the UV-resistant blue plastic is a nice touch to the otherwise plain stainless steel. have not tried to clean it yet so i can't really comment on that. a few quirky comments:

-the grinds can get a little messy on the counter top after each use but i can't think of a burr grinder that wouldn't have the same problem
-i do wish the filter holder was a tad bit lower so i could let the grinds pile up higher as they come out of the chute before tamping
-the screw holes inside the bean hopper trap a few beans inside- pretty insignificant but still strange
-wish it weren't so expensive!

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Easy To Use

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Messy (Posted on 2/22/2011)
Excellent grind [...]Review by Bobby B
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We have the Rancilio Sylvia and have enjoyed this for 2 years. However, we could not get a consistent grind from our favorite coffee shops or with other grinders. The Rocky doserless was the perfect companion to the Sylvia but we struggled with the price point. After 2 years of inconsistent shots, we took the plunge and it is well worth it! This grinder is consistent and predictable and has a history of reliability. With 55 settings, you are sure to be able to dial in to the grind you need for your machine. [...] Life is too short for bad espresso and there is plenty of it out there. Don't waste $ on a bad grind and a bad shot.

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Predictable grind, Reliable, Industrial strength, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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Static with fine grind (Posted on 12/31/2010)
gotta have itReview by mn
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If you have a high end espresso machine, you CANNOT use pre-ground coffee. The pre-ground coffee from a coffee shop or (gasp!) the market loses its flavor almost immediately. A serious coffee drinker simply must grind their own coffee on a per need basis. Here is where the Rocky comes in. OK, not exactly cheap at but it works great. Just figure out what your grind is, (a little trial and error) and you will pull a shot of aromatic espresso with a beautiful thick crema with no problem. great investment if you're into coffee

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 11/18/2010)
Best Grinder We Have OwnedReview by wired in the Arctic
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Consistent grind and commercial build. Easy to use and very clean (no more static charge in the grind with ground coffee spilled on the counter). Measured discharge with the pull of the arm.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 11/16/2010)
A great inexpensive espresso grinderReview by Ditt7
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The 'Rocky' performs very well as my first espresso grinder. We also have a French Press brewer in the house and the Rocky makes it easy to change the grind as needed. The motor is VERY solid and shows no signs of fatigue when grinding larger amounts for a crowd.

My one complaint is that Rocky can be messy. The ground coffee comes out of the far right side of the chute and is a bit clumpy making it easy to miss the portafilter when using the attached portafilter holder. On my unit, the sleeves used to attach the portafilter holder were lose from the manufacturer. Getting inside the unit to tighten them up was less than pleasant, but nonetheless a minor issue.

Overall, the Rocky has performed very well.

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Easy To Use, Quiet as grinders go, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade

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Messy (Posted on 11/9/2010)
Great Purchase!Review by Rolaids
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We purchased this to go with our new Saeco Xelsis at our small business. We use it to grind decaf and one dose is the exact amount for the Saeco. It is very quiet and very well built!

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Quiet

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(Posted on 11/4/2010)
A Dramatic Jump into Serious EspressoReview by Garrett L.
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I began my hunt for a grinder with the infamous Capresso Infinity and after two weeks of solid testing, I was shocked at the "top notch" reviews it was receiving. As Kat and Gail mention in their "Choosing a Grinder" video, it couldn't grind fine enough. I never thought I would spend [$] on a grinder but after receiving my Rocky, I can safely say this was a purchase to last and am very happy. The grind quality is leaps and bounds over the Capresso and it feels like a machine and not a toy.I did run into a normal concern when the unit arrived, it being covered in coffee grinds as they do test each machine at the factory before shipping out. The only comments I can make on this is that the 2010 model (current) has a black plastic base versus the older style stainless base. Also, the lid on the Rocky is a very loose style plastic top and I ended up going out and purchasing a Click Clak lid which helps seal the hopper and push grinds through the chute to prevent stale grinds sitting.All in all, for someone who enjoys Italian quality and takes espresso seriously, this is a great start. From here it just goes up in price heading into stepless models.

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Good Noise Level, Consistent Grind, Solid Build Quality

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Top Lid is Loose (Posted on 11/2/2010)
Best Bang for the BuckReview by Embs
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GET the doser model. Despite what others say, it's nice to have a place to scrape your portafilter off before tamping. A great grinder overall, we keep ours on about setting 4 or 5 for perfect shots of lavazza super crema from the quickmill anita.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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No cons so far (Posted on 10/11/2010)
Best for the Price?Review by Verne
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This is a fine machine, well built, well designed, with easy grind adjust and quick action. Frankly I don't see why you would need anything more expensive. ALSO..no waste! Unlike other grinders I have had that do now allow you to put excess grinds back into the holding chamber. Highly recommended.

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

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(Posted on 10/6/2010)
better than expectedReview by Nick
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better than expected. I love this grinder. it gives a very consistent grind. I am only using it for espresso. I love the doserless and the removable tray.
The only Con i can see from this grinder is that its not stepless. otherwise its a great grinder.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Great Taste

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Not stepless (Posted on 10/4/2010)
I simply love it!Review by Orts
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I use this as my primary grinder for espresso-based drinks. I dont switch bean types often (always caffeinated, usually espresso roast) so build quality, noise levels, and grind control were my primary objectives.

My wife bought a Rancilio Silvia for my birthday and the cheap conical burr grinder I had been using with my previous (pressurized filter) machine caused my draws to be very quick (<10sec) and thin, and had little crema. I realized the grind was simply too coarse (Silvia is notoriously finicky) so I ordered the Rocky. Now I get amazing shots that taste far better than could ever have imagined - it really does make a huge difference!!!

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- The construction of the Rocky is really impressive, the motor is rather quiet, and the light blue plastic (for UV protection of the beans, apparenltly) looks less silly than I had feared.
- I like the doserless as the grounds are always very fresh since they go straight to the filter basket. The Silvia basket sits perfectly in the holder while grinding.
- It's also fairly easy to adjust grind with the rotating collar (both up and down).

The only drawback (and this is a nit) is that it can get sloppy as you near a full basket. The grounds seems to accumulate on the right side of the filter basket and spill over; however, this can be easily remedied by pausing when about 3/4 full, gently tapping the basket to even the grinds, and then resuming operation.

Caveat emptor: If you wish to use this grinder to switch bean types frequently it could be a problem as it is a bit difficult to empty unused beans from the funnel. However I do not often switch back&forth on bean types, so this is not a problem for me.

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Great Taste, Commercial Grade

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Messy (Posted on 9/18/2010)
Rancilio Rocky: still getting acquaintedReview by cinichol
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I'm sinking deeper into my coffee obsession daily, and so finally sprang for a really good grinder. This thing is what everyone says it is: a serious hunk of metal, well-made, small footprint, simple to adjust (once initial kinks are worked out). I took it apart to examine things (as shown at a website or two), and love its simplicity. Very refreshing to see an appliance that isn't a cheap piece of plastic junk. Am still getting it calibrated, though. The instructions are awful, and it's hard piecing together all the info available around the web. The cleaning is kind of a pain; you have to UNSCREW the hopper and, to REALLY get it free of sticking grounds, even unscrew the burr thing. It's not very easy to just brush or blow out the old grounds. I really don't want stale coffee slipping into the fresh stuff I'm grinding, so this is an issue for me. Why get such an expensive and serious grinder if stale grinds are going to wind up in your brew? Maybe they don't; maybe they just sort of accumulate in the spaces down around the burrs; I'm still figuring it out. In any case[...]video which covers calibration and cleaning, as well as more details on adjusting for fine. (The three-handed operation I keep hearing about is confusing!) Otherwise, I am fond of the thing, and hope to have it all figured out soon. Oh, and a couple other important facts: the grind range is GREAT, and the coffee I've made so far has been terrific. Very even grinds, which of course is critical to controlling the brew.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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Hard To Clean (Posted on 9/14/2010)
one sturdy machineReview by steve
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works great, very precise

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 9/9/2010)
Fast, simple, & quietReview by skeeterbait
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Perfect companion to the Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine. Vastly better than my former Kitchen Aid Pro grinder - much finer & consistent grind. (I was counseled my the folks at SCG to upgrade 2 years ago but resisted b/c I thought I had a very good grinder already). The portafilter is easily supported while grinding, no scooping or measuring required. As others have pointed out subtle coffee flavors are not revealed unless the grind is just right with a machine like this. Worth the $$ if you going to buy good coffee. I have no problem with the placement of the power switch as some have said - my left hand slides easily beneath the portafilter. Easy daily clean up but weekly maintenance is a bit challenging due to screw location.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste

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(Posted on 8/27/2010)
Solid & SteadyReview by Joe P.
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I upgraded form a Virtuoso. This unit is great, quiet and grinds like a champ. It is built solid. I change the grind daily from drip in the am and espresso in the evening. The adjustment works perfectly and does not feel weak or like it will break like my former grinder.

Minor quirks are the 1) switch placement not optimal-- need two hands to operate, 2)no timer function to grind a pot of coffee, must hold & stay there, 2) Screws inside hopper fill with beans, obviously not a big deal but a design glitch that has not been addressed

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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Small Quirks (Posted on 8/20/2010)
Great GrinderReview by mizelti
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Though purchasing this grinder wasn't one of the quickest decisions I've ever made, it may have been one of the best. It hasn't taken long for "rocky" to become my favorite kitchen appliance--no, machine. I have used other burr grinders from the 25-200 dollar range; they are all louder and more complicated, with more moving parts. All "rocky" requires is: remove the lid, drop beans into the hopper, replace the lid, press the button, and catch the gorgeous grounds in the container of your choice (portafilter, paper filter, french press...). It is so simple and easy it makes perfect sense, and perfect coffee. I'll condense the words of the blogger who convinced me to buy a high quality grinder--when it comes to making great coffee/espresso, the grinder is the main ingredient. Along with this great grinder, I have also found a retailer (SCG) with whom I couldn't be more pleased.

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

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(Posted on 7/31/2010)
The Best Espresso machine I had!Review by Gianni the real Italian
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I purchase several months ago an espresso maker from [...], the brand was Cuisinart. The Cusinart was OK but my wife did not like it and I returned. Then I purchased the Rancilio Silvia 3, and now we all enjoy the best espresso and cappuccino in our lives.

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

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(Posted on 7/28/2010)
So THAT'S what coffee tastes like!Review by M
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The Rancilio Rocky Doserless Grinder is a coffee connoisseur's must-have machine. It grinds quickly, evenly, beautifully. Furthermore, it is sturdy, simple, and relatively quiet. The price caused me to procrastinate, but was forgotten as quickly as the bitter taste of blade grinder brew. I would most certainly recommend this grinder (and this retailer) to a friend.

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

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(Posted on 7/28/2010)
Voted "Most Helpful Review"Review by Latte Da!
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Although I have been drinking coffee for years, I have only just begun tasting it. I am thoroughly enjoying my Rancilio Rocky Doserless grinder. It grinds beautifully, evenly. Furthermore, it is sturdy, easy to use, and relatively quiet. The pricetag is a little frightening, but don't let it deter you; you will certainly get everything for which you pay. I would definitely recommend this grinder to a friend.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 7/26/2010)
Great Grinder Imperfect DesignReview by FuzzyTeeth
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[...]. After using it for about a week, I have to say that it is a night and day difference from my now, broken Solis Maestro grinder. For espresso, I have a Rancilio Silvia and I use an AeroPress for coffee. The only complaint that I have is in the design. The deep recessed screws in the hopper always catch a few beans. Also, the button used to dial the setting is a bit flimsy. Other than these minor annoyances, I would highly recommend this grinder. [...].

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Easy To Use, Great Taste

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Design (Posted on 6/3/2010)
Gonna Fly NowReview by WiredAndReady
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This is all it is cracked up to be. Takes awhile to get but worth the wait. I have owned several grinders over the years, many with adjustable grinds and most at around 100 bucks. They didn't stand up to daily use and the expression 'you get what you pay for' apply applied. This is not only a piece of fine craftmanship, it is a piece of art. Grind setup and cleaning could not be easier and I am confident that it will serve us well for years to come. If you like a fine espresso, bite the bullet and drop the coin; it is worth every penny.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 5/23/2010)
So far, so goodReview by Highly Caffeinated
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After many years of using cheap machines I recently purchased a Silvia. Made due with my cheap burr grinder for a while then decided to upgrade. Did allot of research and for the price vs. quality decided on a Rocky. The general consensus out there is to go with a doserless. Personally I decided to buck that trend and get the doser model. I like being able to turn it on and let it grind while I do other things as opposed to being glued there with my portafilter. The main trade off is you may have some ground coffee in the doser from your previous grind. I do not believe my senses are that in tune to be able to call this a serious design flaw. If you are the kind of person that obsesses over every aspect of your espresso process, the doser may not be for you. If you are serious about your espresso but realistic about your ability to discern the country of origin of the bean and what day of the week it was roasted on I would recommend the doser model.[...]

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(Posted on 4/24/2010)
Good Basic GrinderReview by E61
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Good value for the money. If you're unable to spend more this is a good choice. The main draw back for home use is the relatively limited number of grinding steps. For some beans the grind fineness seems to be between steps.

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Easy To Use

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Messy (Posted on 3/30/2010)
Rancilio Rocky doserless grinderReview by GregW / Oregon
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I purchased this to replace an older inexpensive burr grinder for use with both my ECM Giotto Plus Premium expresso machine and Technivorm Moccamaster drip machine. It has impressed me for both. The grind settings are easy to change between the two.

It is relatively quiet, very contemporary and good looking and fits under most standard upper cabinetss. Highly recommended.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 3/28/2010)
Purchased to replace commercial grinderReview by Aaron
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Purchased to replace commercial grinder taking up way too much space on kitchen counter. The Rocky doserless has a small footprint and it fits nicely under the kitchen cabinets. Much to my surprise, it is LESS messy than the commercial grinder with doser. The grind is uniform and perfect for my Astra Gourmet. My wife is happy to get "That Beast" off of the kitchen counter, and I am totally satisfied with the grind from the Rocky.

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Easy To Use, Relatively quiet, Perfect size, Excellent grind, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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Small bean hopper (Posted on 3/22/2010)
Well worth the cost.Review by Ben
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The improvement in the taste of my moka brew is fantastic.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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A little messy (Posted on 3/21/2010)
Great machine, very consistent.Review by billsalt
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Works very well paired with the Ascaso UNO with PID.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Consistent, Commercial Grade

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Noisy (Posted on 3/20/2010)
good but messyReview by Tom
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The unit does a good job grinding. Few issues:

1. The coffee that comes out kind of sprays here and there. We solved this by grinding the coffee into a larger plastic container.

2. The coffee we are currently using is a little more oily and we find that from time to time the unit plugs up and i have to give it a slight shake to get the coffee grinding again. I'm assuming this is more of a coffee issue and not the grinder but I guess its worth mentioning because after all the grinder should grind all types of coffee. Overall we are very happy with it and I would recommend it. The other day I ground a pound for a friend in a few minutes. Mu wife and I use it daily. Its also a good looking unit so its not an eye sore in our kitchen.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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Messy (Posted on 3/20/2010)
Good product for the moneyReview by Beth
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Initially I was extremely frustrated because it continually jammed and I had to pick up this heavy grinder and tip it over to clear it out. Then I spoke to someone who told me to stop using starbucks and instead use our local roaster(I didn't even know we had a local roaster). Made all the difference. Hasn't jammed since. Love it!

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Easy To Use

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(Posted on 3/19/2010)
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I can't see how you'd ever need to improve on this for a single user-or even an apartment full of roomates.

I am pretty picky but I can't find much of anything wrong with it. Really.

And you buy this...and you never have to move up later. And the ones in the price point below the Rocky are incomparably lamer and much more loud and flimsy. One purchase, instead of 2 or 3. Save planet by buying less stuff. One machine, one purchase forever.

Built to last.

So don't question the price point unless your totally cheap. And if you really like coffee and espresso, doserless allows nicely for both obsessions.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade, Reasonably quiet

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(Posted on 3/19/2010)

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