Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic Espresso Machine

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The Rocket Cellini Classic offers a heavy duty stainless steel case, E-61 brew group and powerful steam functionality. Using the same technology as the Premium Plus and Evoluzione models, the Rocket Classic features a single manometer for the steam boiler and matte plastic finishes. This pared down Rocket machine can still prep an amazing espresso and offers excellent value for handcrafted machinery.

Features & Functionality of the Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

  • Copper Boiler: The 1.8 liter copper boiler has brass encaps to retain heat without additional insulation.
  • Stainless Steel Case: The stainless-steel housing is beautiful and highly durable, featuring brushed side panels.
  • Professional E-61 Brew Head: The legendary E-61 brew group features a solid, lead-free brass end plate that aids in thermal stability and heat retention.
  • Dual Pre-Infusion System: Mechanical pre-infusion system has a progressively working piston and static pre-infusion chamber, resulting in smooth coffee extraction and superior aroma, body and crema.
  • Vibratory Pump: Pump features a special device to eliminate backpressure from the boiler, preventing blocks.
  • Stainless Steel Nozzles: Steam wand with a two-hole tip and hot water wand are internally insulated so you won't burn yourself on them after use.
  • Removable Plastic Cup Rack: You can pull off the cup rack to reduce the espresso machine's height.
  • Large, Easy-Access Water Reservoir: Easily access the 98 ounce water reservoir via the separate lid — you won't have to take all the cups off the top of your espresso machine in order to refill it.
  • Low Water Sensor: A low water level warning will let you know when you need to refill.
  • Generously Dimensioned: 20 percent higher volume (compared to other machines on the market) is paired with optimum thermosyphon system to quickly heat up and provide superior extraction.
  • Handcrafted: Each machine is unique and hand crafted in Italy. Small warps in the case are normal and part of each machine's unique assembly process.
  • Copper-Plated Boiler - Increases thermal stability and gives you higher energy savings.
  • Ideal Shots - The Cellini Classic pulls an excellent shot of espresso.
  • No Burn Wands - Internally insulated steam wand and water dispenser keep the casing cool so you won't burn your hands.
  • Small Drip Tray - The drip tray is on the tiny side, so it fills up quite easily (though this could be a good thing).
How Does it Compare?

The Cellini Classic produces a great shot and steams milk like a pro, but it is not plumbable, has an uninsulated boiler, single manomenter, and a different fit and finish compared to other Rocket models.

Tips and Tricks

Please Note: The Rocket Cellini Classic now comes with a plastic tamper. Upgrade to a metal Rocket Espresso tamper for a shinier look.


Model Number RE781C3A11
Manufacturer Rocket Espresso
Width With Cup Rail: 12.0 inches | Without Cup Rail: 12.0 inches
Depth With Cup Rail: 17.0 inches | Without Cup Rail: 17.0 inches
Height With Cup Rail: 15.5 inches | Without Cup Rail: 14.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 46.3100
Watts 1200W
Volts 120 volts
Volume (Decibles) No
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Cup Clearance 3 inches
Boiler Volume 1.8 liter
Reservoir Size 98 oz
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size No
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 25 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
NSF Certified No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel


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Do I understand, that it takes 25 (!) minutes to " warm -up" - before I can brew my first cup?
Peer K on Jul 14, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, it is true that an E-61 brew head machine like this Rocket Cellini Classic should have between 20-30 minutes to heat up with the portafilter attached to the machine before you begin brewing. This allows both the boiler and the metal components of that external brew head to come to temperature for the best possible shot. Though the gauge will read the correct pressure sooner, allowing for a longer heat up will ensure that the water is fully circulating the brew head and all metal components are hot. Hope this helps clarify!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 14, 2014
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Does this machine have an automatic shutoff when the water runs out? I do not trust myself to remember to shut the machine off or keep it full.
A shopper on Jan 7, 2017
Best Answer: Yep! Rocket Espresso machines use an electrical water sensor. The green power light will flash when you run out of water!

Hope this helps
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 9, 2017
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I have been back flushing my machine and there always seems to be a little coffee grain in the water (probably from insufficient scrubbing of the group?), so I would like to try to take a step up and use some shampoo as mentioned in the instruction manual (Thank you so much SeattleCoffeGear!!) . Which Shampoo should one use to clean the Group while back flushing it?
A shopper on Jul 4, 2013
Best Answer: I'd recommend using backflushing detergent like Joe Glo or Cafiza. Instructions for backflushing can be found below:
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 6, 2013
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How many cups per hour for the Cellini?
Richard F on Nov 29, 2014
Best Answer: I've had this machine for over a year and a half, and I can honestly say I've never asked myself this.

When I first got it I was chain pulling shots for experimentation purposes... since then I only pull a few shots a day from it, so I never push the limits.

Things I can attest to that might help you out:
- It recovers very quickly after a pulled shot/dispensing hot water. Within a few 10's of seconds it's back up to pressure. For the times that I pull multiple shots back to back it's always ready by the time I grind up some beans and pack/tamp the next shot.
- The reservoir lasts for quite a while. I usually pull 1-2 shots a day, and a few extra on the weekend, plus I usually make americano's when I'm making a drink to go, so that's another 5-6 oz of water, and I find myself refilling it once every ~2 weeks or so.

If you're looking to use this in a commercial setting, you may be let down by it's size especially if it is the non-plumbed version.

If pressed I'd say ~25s to pull a shot + ~1-2min grind/pack/tamp + 1-2 min cleaning/prep gives you something in the range of 15-20 shots per hour, which I believe this machine could handle just fine.
Reply · Report · Ryan D on Dec 2, 2014
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Is this the same great Rocket, just on a budget? I have been eyeing a Rocket for 2 years, but just not been able to afford one. Will this give me the lattes I crave? Or should I keep saving for the Premium or the Evoluzione?
A shopper on Mar 2, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, this is a great option if you're looking for a lower priced machine with the same great Rocket quality. There are a few differences, like the lack of two body styles, just one pressure gauge, and no option for plumbing, but the Rocket Cellini Classic will brew just as great of a shot and produce the same microfoam as the Premium Plus and Evoluzione machines!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 4, 2013
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Which type of water should I use?
Yacov B on Apr 18, 2015
Best Answer: You can use filtered water. Just be sure to not use de-ionized water as you do want SOME minerals in the water to prevent reverse osmosis (where the water will start to pull minerals from your boiler)
Reply (1) · Report · Michele BStaff on Apr 18, 2015
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While back flushing my Cellini it just stopped and green light is flashing. I've turned off, unplugged and then turned on again, green light blinks and no response when I try to back flush or pull a shot. Machine is two months old, love it, first problem. What's happening here?
Espresso Mike on Jan 31, 2015
Best Answer: I would check what kind of water you're using. If you're using very filtered, it may be right on the fringe of having enough minerals in the water to register and pull water in appropriately. If you're using very soft water, add a cupful of regular tap water to your water tank, or even a 50/50 mixture of your soft water and tap water, wait a minute or two for the water to incorporate after stirring, and you'll likely find that it pulls in water again and the blinking light goes away. While its best to keep the water as soft as possible to prevent scale buildup, if it's too low on mineral content, it won't register that you have water in the tank!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 2, 2015
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Does it have a PID controller?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2014
Best Answer: No, the Cellini Classic does not offer a PID. Check out the Rocket R58 or the Cellini and Giotto models that specify "Premium Plus with PID" for PIDs.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 8, 2014
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Can you brew and steam at the same time?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, you can brew and steam at the same time with this Rocket Cellini Classic machine.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 2, 2014
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What is the cleaning and maintenance like on this machine?
A shopper on Mar 12, 2014
Best Answer: We recommend descaling your Rocket Cellini Classic once every 2-3 months and then back flushing once every 1-4 weeks depending on your usage. I have included a few links to some instructions on those processes below:
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 14, 2014
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Is this machine nsf rated? and can it be used in a light commercial setting?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2014
Best Answer: No, the Rocket machines are not NSF rated. For some NSF rated machines, check out the Nuova Simonelli Oscar or Musica, or the Rancilio Epoca. I have included a few links below, and call in to speak with commercial sales at 866-372-4734 if you have any questions!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 19, 2014
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What grinder would you recommend for this machine? I am considering the vario. Any need to get a better grinder than the vario?
A shopper on Jan 8, 2014
Best Answer: The Vario is a great grinder option for the Rocket, and will certainly give you fantastic results. If you wanted a step less grinder for better fine tuning, and only needed to grind for espresso, then jumping up to like the Compak K3 or one of the Mazzer grinders might be worth checking out.
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6 years use, best machine available for your $, period.Review by fieldswith
Nothing more can be said. (Posted on 7/10/2016)
Buy this MachineReview by Amazing Machine
I've had this machine for two or so years. It is amazing. You will not regret this machine. We leave it on all day and use it all day (small children at home). It may last forever... (Posted on 4/30/2015)
Too Tall FixReview by Jim in GP
Have seen multiple comments about Rocket machines being "Too Tall" for fitting under old style kitchen cabinets.
Had same problem at a vacation home.
Our cabinets were 14 inches. Just 1/4 inch too short.
While there are no shorter replacement "feet" directly from Rocket, adjustable 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch leveling appliance feet are available.
The original feet are metric, but feet with a 3/8 inch bolt are very close. Stainless steel. Cost about $10 dollars each with shipping.
Easy to take off top of machine and replace rear ones.
Need small Phillips head screw driver and extension for socket wrench to remove/ tighten the nuts.
If you are need it today, you can make your own.
Go to any Ace Hardware that has stainless steel screws/ hardware.
Get two packs of their 2 inch furniture "sliders".
4 3/8x3/4 inch polished stainless steel bolts with the hex head
8 3/8 inch fender washers
4 3/8 inch washers
4 3/8 inch nuts
(All the above stainless steel)

To assemble you need a hex wrench to fit the bolt head, a utility knife, a small screw driver, and some glue.

Take two sliders and peel off the white adhesive layer. This leaves a black rubber gasket attached to the slider. Use utility knife to make 1/2 circle around the center of the rubber gasket. Under this you will find a small washer. Use screwdriver to pry it out.
Take one of the bolts with a washer and screw it into the existing hole. Head will settle into the hole you cut in the rubber gasket. Before set flush, put a small amount of glue under the head and washer and tighten.
Now take a second slider, remove white adhesive layer, cut out circle in gasket, and remove washer. Place glue on each black gasket and put together like a sandwich. I clamped mine together while glue dried.
I did try leaving on one layer of white adhesive and using it instead of glueing, looks like it should work as well. I just didn't want to mess with it again.
To assemble:
Put two fender washers on new foot (need this height so the electrical cord isn't pinched) and attach with washer and nut.
Took about 30 minutes to remove top of Rocket, build the feet, remove the existing feet, attach feet, and reassemble. Minus time on Internet, going to hardware store and figuring out how to assemble new feet. $32 in parts to make feet.
The sliders ake it very easy to move Rocket in and out from under the cabinet to fill the water, but you do have to hold the drip pan when tightening the head or the machine moves. (Posted on 5/27/2013)
6 years. No problems. Love it.Review by Jim in GP
Not much to say beyond my summary.
Use it every day.
Clean and backflush each morning.
Decalcify the tank every 3 months.
Need high quality burr grinder. Don't go cheap.
Will need to change grind with each new coffee.
Love it so much other coffee is disagreeable.
Buying an up grade so can plumb it in.
Taking old one to vacation home.
We tried going without it and failed. (Posted on 4/14/2013)
Excellent value for the moneyReview by Eric
Coming from a La Pavoni lever this machine seems too easy! I was pulling great shots in about 15 mins.

I really like the fit and finish especially given that the internals are basically the same as the V2 and Evoluzione models.

I have found that the boiler gets up to pressure in 10 minutes but would recommend that you wait 20 mins to let the heat soak the group head. Alternatively you can run some water through the group to cut a little time off, but make sure to let the machine recover.

Steaming is powerful! I am still learning how to work faster with the two hole nozzle on the wand. Additionally, I found that the machine does have the anti-burn and yes the ends do get hot.

If you're on a budget for a heat exchanger machine you can't do much better. (Posted on 4/3/2013)
So far so goodReview by Newbee
I am still learning how to make the perfect espresso, but I have no complaints about my Rocket Classic except I keep thinking "Who do I think I am to have this machine?". So far the getting the milk right is the hardest part. I studied every good quality machine having already tried a super automatic and several other inferior types I don't need to mention. Since I like milk based drinks I decided on a heat exchange machine and it was between this one and the Oscar. The only negative comment I have is the description says it comes with a metal tamper, but only a cheap plastic one came with the unit, so I had to buy a Rattleware tamper. (Posted on 4/2/2013)
Description is not acurateReview by Fidel
The steam wand doesn't have the anti burn, you will get burn with this one.

Besides that is the same machine that Premium V2 and Evoluzione (less the insulated boiler and the rotary pump).

It is a great machine for the price.

[From Seattle Coffee Gear: The steam wand on this machine is the same insulated wand on all Rocket models. Please note the wand will be warm to the touch, but the steam tip will be extremely hot after use, as with all steaming tips.]
(Posted on 12/22/2012)

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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

What it Covers: Rocket Espresso machines

Length: Home Use: 2 year parts and labor (R60v, R58, Evoluzione R, Type V, Appartamento, Fausto Grinder), Commercial Equipment: 1 year parts, 3 months labor

Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear, read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.

Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes, for home equipment only

Can SCG Repair? Yes, read more about our repair services

Caring for the Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

  • Clean the brew gasket with a cleaning brush.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
  • Perform backflush routine daily and clean the filter basket each week.
  • Keep the stainless-steel casing shiny with a microfiber cloth.

User Manuals for your Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic

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