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Product Description

Who says you need counter space for serious coffee? Rocket's newest machine brings their outstanding handcrafted quality to the urban dweller with the aptly named Appartamento Espresso Machine. Featuring Rocket's tried-and-true heat exchange boiler and E61 group head pairing, you'll be pulling shots and pouring lattes in polished style. Classic features like mechanical pre-infusion, a heated group head and articulated steam and hot water wands make it a true prosumer device. Rocket's new pint-size compatriot adds a flash of bold design inspiration with circular side-panel inserts and engraved steam and hot water spouts.

Features and Functionality of the Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine

  • Heat Exchange Boiler - A 1.8-liter heat exchange steam boiler allows you to brew espresso and froth milk at the same time.
  • Heated Group Head - A small flow of water off the boiler keeps your machine's group head warm for more consistent shot temps.
  • Small Footprint - The reduced dimensions of the Appartamento suit it for small counters and space-restricted kitchens.
  • Manual Control - Learn to brew all on your own with mechanical steam and brew controls.
  • Rocket Design - A flashy update to Rocket's (already showstopping) design, the Appartamento will draw stares from everyone who enters your kitchen.
Pros
  • Quite a Looker - The combo of mirrored steel and fun side-panel cutouts give the Appartamento a distinctly vintage appearance.
  • Heated Brew Head - Consistently hot shots in a machine this size? Yes, please.
  • So Simple - The classic Rocket Espresso knobs, levers and switches are easy to use and satisfyingly tactile.
  • Portafilters - The Appartamento comes with spouted portafilters for both single and double shot use cases.
Cons
  • Loud Pump - The vibratory pump is just as loud as on its larger brethren. We doubt apartment neighbors will appreciate the early morning wall shaking.
  • Plastic Rack - We wish the cup warmer rack was steel instead of plastic.
How Does it Compare?

The successor to the Cellini Classic, the Appartamento is thinner and flashier with its contrast side panels and engraved piping. Unlike the slightly pricier Premium Plus, the Appartamento lacks a PID.

Tips and Tricks

The Appartamento's uninsulated boiler heats up the whole machine, especially after extended use. If you are used to bracing the side of the machine when removing your portafilter, the lower half of the machine is much cooler than the top.

Additional Information

Model Number Appartamento
Manufacturer Rocket Espresso
Width 10.5 inches
Depth 17 inches
Height 14.25 inches
Watts 1300 W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Cup Clearance 3.5 inches
Boiler Volume 1.8 L
Reservoir Size 2.25 L
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 58mm
Available Portafilters Bottomless, Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Steam Time 15 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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How long is the Rocket Appartamento expected to last with proper use and care? Is it a 5, 10 0r 15+ year product?
William M on Aug 26, 2016
What is the real world "downsides" of not having a PID on this machine?

I would be the only one using it, I seldom steam milk/soy and I make 1-2 per day. I have a PID on my Crossland CC1 but am looking to a Rocket some time later this year.

Just wondering about the lack of PID and trying to figure out if my use case, and the volume I would make of espresso, would not affect me much or at all?

thx
A shopper on May 16, 2016
Best Answer: Because this is a heat exchanger machine a PID is not really necessary. All that is required is adequate warm up time (about 20 to 30 minutes) and you will want to do a brief flush through the brew head just prior to placing your portafilter and pulling your shot. I hope that helps. Victor
Reply · Report · SCG SStaff on May 21, 2016
What is the depth of the base of the Rocket Appartamento? In other words does the 17 inch figure include the handle on the portafilter or is that the depth of the base to the front of the drop tray? If it includes the portafilter, what is the depth to the front of the drop tray?
Mike H on May 18, 2016
Best Answer: The 17" figure doesn't include the portafilter handle. It's 17" from the back of the machine to the front of the drip tray.
Reply · Report · Greg I on Oct 26, 2016
Does the machine really require a 20-30 min warm up time?
A shopper on May 28, 2016
Best Answer: i just pulled a shot after a 20 minute warm-up and it was enough time. I usually turn it on first thing when I wake up for morning espresso. In the evening, I turn it on before dinner and it is all warmed up and ready to go after my meal.
Reply · Report · David R on Jun 6, 2016
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Will you recommend leaving the Appartamento ON the entire day and night (like over the weekend) or turning it ON/OFF after each morning/lunch/afternoon/evening use?
Emmanuelle P on Sep 24, 2016
Best Answer: I know that many of our customers will turn on their machines at night and turn them off when they leave for work in the morning! We haven't (yet, thanks for the idea!) done any long term testing with leaving a machine on for long periods of time.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Oct 3, 2016
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I currently have a Breville smart grinder. Would this be sufficient to use with the Rocket until I upgrade to better grinder later down the road?
Dan M on Nov 20, 2016
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Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine
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Breville Smart Grinder
Best Answer: Yep! a smart grinder will definitely go fine enough for a Rocket. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Nov 24, 2016
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Why SCG feels that Rocket Appartamento is better machine than Oscar 2, though most of the features are the same?
Nitin S on Jul 22, 2016
Best Answer: Fit and finish on the Appartamento is better throughout than on the Oscar II. For me, it's the little things like excess plastic, exposed screw holes, and mixed finishes that detract from the Oscar II.

That said, they are very different machines, and have some key differences that should be considered:
The Oscar II is a time-based automatic machine, the Appartamento is a classic semi-automatic.
Steam pressure is higher on the Oscar II, and uses a featherable steam lever instead of the Appartamento's knob.
The steam wand on the Appartamento is insulated (less scalded milk to clean up), the Oscar's wand is not.
Drip tray is bigger on the Oscar II, but plastic and wire instead of stainless steel.
The Oscar II has more cup clearance.
The Appartamento has a dedicated hot water wand.
The Appartamento comes with more accessories (2x portafilters, blind basket, tamper) and since it has an E61 group, can accept common aftermarket accessories like a brewhead thermometer, bottomless and triple portafilters etc.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 7, 2016
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What are the differences between V2 and Apartamento? Is there any tech differences or is it only the size?
A shopper on Aug 21, 2016
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Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine
Rocket Espresso Cellini Evoluzione Espresso Machine - V2
Rocket Espresso Cellini Evoluzione Espresso Machine - V2
Best Answer: The V2 has a rotary, rather than a vibratory pump, which makes it quieter and allows it to be connected directly to the water line for continuous automatic filling, If you do this, there is no need to ever refill the tank. It's also better insulated, has a pre-infusion system that brings the pressure up in two stages for improved brewing, and has an additional pressure gauge that tells you when the boiler is fully up to temperature.
Reply · Report · Laurence H on Aug 22, 2016
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How does the apartmento weighs ??
A shopper on Aug 27, 2016
Best Answer: Right around 45 pounds.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Aug 29, 2016
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Suffering from serious chrome-love with the Appartamento. But a question about grind: We buy our favorite, bricks of Lavazza Rossi, would that work OK in this machine?
A shopper on Nov 28, 2016
Best Answer: I wouldn't recommend using pre ground coffee with a machine like this - it's impossible to know if the extraction time will be correct. Expect to spend at least $300 or more on a nice grinder - some say that a nice grinder is more important than the machine (check out the $1k Rocket grinder).

Let's compare it to buying a home stereo. It would be stupid to buy really nice speakers and then hook a tape deck into it. Buying freshly roasted coffee with a nice grinder is essential to getting the most out of this machine.

Search "How To: Dialing in a Coffee Grinder" on youtube for a Seattle Coffee Gear video on how grinding beans for espresso works.

If you aren't ready to take the plunge and invest around 2k for a machine, then I would recommend an aeropress with freshly ground coffee.
Reply · Report · Brandon S on Dec 1, 2016
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can you tell me dimensions on the aparmento?..Need to measure my space
kris r on Sep 23, 2016
Best Answer: Sure thing!

The Appartamento is 10.5 inches wide, 14.5 inches high and 17 inches deep. With the portafilter in, the depth is 22.5 inches, and you'll need some extra space to get to the water tank, which pulls out from the top of the machine. I'd also recommend adding a couple inches of free space to either side of the machine to make sure you have room to operate the steam and hot water wands.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Sep 27, 2016
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Hi which would you buy the Giotto plus PID or the Appartamento? I love the look the the appartamento better, but really its about the machine. Will the PID on the Giottto really make a difference in getting the temp right comparatively?
Cremalover on Nov 6, 2016
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Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine
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Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine - Custom Black
Best Answer: I think it is entirely up to your espresso work flow! For light day-to-day home use you likely won't see much of a difference between the two machines.

Where the PID, in my opinion, truly shines is if you like to try different coffees often and want the ability to moderate boiler temperature (and thus brew temperature) to accommodate different roast types, blends or single origin beans.

It's also worth it to point out that with the Premium Plus you also get a gauge for brew pressure, whereas the Appartamento only has a boiler pressure gauge.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Nov 7, 2016
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In these machine you can regulate the boiler pressure???
Benja on Oct 30, 2016
Best Answer: The Appartamento only has one pressure gauge. It is for the boiler, and goes up to 1 bar when the temperature is sufficient to make espresso. There is no pump pressure gauge to determine if the pressure is 9 bars for proper brewing. I think the pump pressure is set at the factory.
Reply · Report · Diana L on Nov 1, 2016
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What brand of coffee grinder would be best to get for Rocket appartamento espresso machine? Aside from the rocket coffee grinders since they are very expensive.
A shopper on Oct 24, 2016
Best Answer: Many of our customers pair their Rocket with a Eureka Mignon Grinder! It has a small footprint, timed dosing, great espresso distribution, stepless bottom burr adjust (great for cleaning), and the polished version matches the case of a Rocket fantastically.

https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/eureka-mignon-burr-grinder

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Oct 25, 2016
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Please, what are the actual dimensions of the apartmento by rocket? I have the Classico, and by luck it fits with 1 inch to spare in my kitchen! All by fortuitous chance. I'd like to know the actual size differences. Thanks!
A shopper on Aug 11, 2016
Best Answer: Hello!

Measurements on the Appartamento product page are off of a real machine! Which dimensions are you looking for specifically? I'd be more than happy to confirm any measurement you need.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Aug 15, 2016
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does this machine plug into a standard outlet?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2017
Best Answer: Yep! A regular 110V plug.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 15, 2017
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Is there a way to insulate the boiler ourselves to reduce noise?
A shopper on Jan 9, 2017
Best Answer: The boiler itself doesn't make much, if any noise. What you're hearing is the vibratory pump, which is already pretty insulated by the steel case. There really isn't much in the way you can do about the sound of a vibe pump, which is pretty standard across most espresso machines. If you're worried about noise, I'd recommend a roatary pump driven machine like the R58.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 14, 2017
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We have very hard water where we live, is there a option for a filter??!
A shopper on Dec 29, 2016
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 6, 2017
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Some reviews have said this is a loud machine. How does it compare to the Cellini or Giotto?
A shopper on Dec 24, 2016
Best Answer: Same sound level as the Premium Plus line, but all three will be louder than the Evoluzione and R58/R60 (which have rotary pumps)

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 15, 2017
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I just bought a Rocket Appartamento. I am now looking for the right grinder. My budget is $500.00. I will mostly use it for the Rocket (espresso). Any suggestions?
Dan151 on Dec 17, 2016
Best Answer: Many people choose the Eureka Mignon to pair with their Rocket machine! In particular, the polished housing looks fantastic next to the Appartamento.

https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/eureka-mignon-burr-grinder

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 19, 2016
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How hot do the side of the machine get? Gail mentioned in a vid that the sides get hot and to be careful.
A shopper on Dec 17, 2016
Best Answer: The sides of the Appartamento get warm, (maybe ~100 degrees) but definitely not hot enough to burn you. You will want to be careful around the group head though, as the E61 is heated from the steam boiler and definitely gets hot enough to burn.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 19, 2016
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What is the height of the Appartamento with out the cup holder railing?
Parker F on Dec 15, 2016
Best Answer: 13.25 inches! Hope this helps
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 19, 2016
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Does this machine has a E61 brew head?
A shopper on Dec 7, 2016
Best Answer: Yep! The E61 brewhead can be identified by the 'flying saucer' shape at the front of the machine. It's designed to siphon hot water from the boiler to maintain consistent heat—and helps you pull a tastier shot!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 7, 2016
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How long do I need to wait for machine to reaches 1 bar? I have been waiting for 20min already.
Chiyan W on Dec 6, 2016
Best Answer: Rocket's heat exchanger espresso machines are calibrated at the factory by measuring water temperature at the brewhead. Each pressure stat will be set a little differently machine-to-machine for proper brewing temp. We've found that the Appartamento tends to calibrate a little lower on the spectrum, ~0.9 bars, than other machines.

We generally recommend waiting ~30 minutes for a machine to come to temp, but you're likely pretty much ready to go at the 20-minute mark after a flush.

Hope this helps!
Reply (1) · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 9, 2016
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Does this machine have an auto turn-off feature if the boiler is empty? Seems like it should but there's no info on that feature.
Ike582 on Nov 25, 2016
Best Answer: Not an auto off, but the control board will sense low water and stop the machine from heating! The green power light will flash until you refill.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Nov 25, 2016
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does this one take ESE pods? or a pod adapter or a pod basket/filter? thanks for the great videos!! Michael
A shopper on Nov 25, 2016
Best Answer: Sorry! The Appartamento doesn't work with ESE pods.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Nov 25, 2016
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Is the cup frame on top removable?
Parker F on Nov 10, 2016
Best Answer: Yep!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Dec 1, 2016
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Is there a metal cup holder bracket available ?
Scott M on Nov 6, 2016
Best Answer: Not yet! Stay tuned
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Nov 7, 2016
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Where is the Rocket Espresso Appartmento manufactured? I couldn't find it in the specs or their website for that matter.
A shopper on Oct 26, 2016
Best Answer: All Rocket espresso machines, including the Appartamento, are hand-built in Italy!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Oct 28, 2016
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Can I use pods with this machine?
A shopper on Sep 21, 2016
Best Answer: Sorry! Rocket Espresso Machines do not have any pressurized portafilter baskets, which is required for ESE pod use. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Sep 21, 2016
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What is the drip tray capacity?
Guest S on Jul 9, 2016
Best Answer: I just measured, technically it's 800 mL. I say technically because you'll definitely spill it (like I did) walking it over to the sink. I'd recommend emptying it more often than that.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jul 14, 2016
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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine

What it Covers:

Rocket Espresso machines

Length:

- Home Use: 1 year parts and labor (R60v, R58, Evolution, Premium Plus, Appartamento, Fausto Grinder)

- Commercial Equipment: 1 year parts, 3 months labor

Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes for home equipment
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine

  • Brush the brew head filter daily.
  • Perform a weekly backflush.
  • Soap out the drip tray and water reservoir weekly.

Reviews

Received my Appartamento last week and love it.Review by My New Toy
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Since 1990, I have loved espresso drinks. People would laugh, but I started with a Krups espresso/coffee machine. I moved onto a Saeco machine which wore out. I have been going to the Portland store for the last few years.
When the Appartamento was released via the web, I feel in love.

This machine does everyone one would want. I have it paired with a Eureka Mignon grinder.

I now just need to practice my milk frothing in order to create latte art in my drinks.

One thing I would say, make sure you have the room for this machine in your kitchen. It is big even though it has a small footprint. (Posted on 9/27/2016)
Buy it!Review by Hoppity Hop Espresso
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The Rocket Espresso Appartamento is my first espresso machine. I've been using this machine for about a week now, and I love it so far. I think it's the best looking machine in Rocket's lineup. I had some reservations about buying a machine without a PID or insulated boiler, but I'm glad I bought this machine since it makes great espresso, especially with the Velton's Bonsai Blend that SCG included with my order. For light home use, I don't think you can find a better HX machine for the price.

Expect for your first few shots to be horrible until you get the grind right. I'm using a Compak K3 grinder with this machine, and I had to make several adjustments before I started pulling good tasting shots. As SCG pointed out, this machine is loud, which is why I gave it four stars instead of five for quality. It sounds like a small air compressor, so expect this when you turn on the machine for the first time while the boiler fills with water. However, after the boiler fills up completely, it only makes noise for a couple seconds when you first turn it on and when you are pulling shots. Other than that, everything else is great. This machine has plenty of steam power too. It can easily froth a pitcher of milk while you are pulling a shot, but whether or not you can do that with great results takes practice. Frothing milk for latte art is difficult until you master it. I don't blame the machine for this: You just have to practice getting the microfoam just right. I expect this will take me a few more months to perfect. (Posted on 7/31/2016)
Looks wonderfulReview by JCS
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Rocket upped their game with this one. My only suggestion for improvement is to add 25 cents worth of insulation to the boiler to keep the machine at a more desirable temperature. Two thumbs up overall. (Posted on 6/14/2016)

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