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Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus with PID

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Product Description

Contemporary yet classic, the Rocket Cellini Premium Plus with PID has incorporated all the high-end features of the previous V2 model, as well as cleverly including an integrated PID for additional temperature control. Adding precision without obscuring the Cellini’s beauty, the new PID controller is artfully constructed inside the Cellini’s drip tray. Prior to brewing, simply program the PID to your desired brew temperature, reattach the drip tray and be swept away to brewing bliss.

Features & Functionality of the Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus with PID

  • Hard-Working Boiler: The insulated 1.8 liter copper boiler with two lead free end plates work to maintain thermal retention and brew your espresso at the ideal temperature every time.
  • Durable Case: The highly durable case is constructed of AISI 304 stainless steel.
  • E-61 Brew Head: Brew your favorite espresso blend on this highly sought-after brew head.
  • Pre-Infusion: Both the Rocket Cellini & Giotto Premium Plus with PID boast a dual pre-infusion system that provides a smooth espresso extraction, as well as exceptional body and crema.
  • Cup Rack: Removable cup rack is included and can be easily installed in the comfort of your own home.
  • Removable Water Reservoir: Refill the 98-ounce water tank by removing it, or simply lift the lid and refill from a pitcher.
  • Warning Light: A handy light located at the bottom left corner of the machine will let you know when the water level is low and when the machine is ready to brew.
  • PID: The masterfully hidden PID provides additional temperature control while not overshadowing the Cellini’s beauty.
  • Dual Barometers: Dual pressure gauges at the front of the machine allow you to monitor the brew and steam pressure while creating your perfect cup.
  • Anti-bake Wand - The cool-touch technology and internal insulation makes cleaning the steam wand a cinch!
  • Modern Marvel - The high grade stainless steel and sleek design may have your guests thinking you’re collecting art in your kitchen.
  • Powerful Steaming - Create excellent milk texture that any barista would be proud to call their own.
  • Heated Wand - While the anti-burn steam wand technology is ideal for cleaning leftover milk after frothing, it does not guarantee the wand will be cool to the touch. Try to avoid skin contact immediately after use.
  • Muscle Required - The water reservoir is removable, but definitely requires effort to completely detach from the machine.
  • Degree Measurement - We love the new PID, but Westerner’s may find measuring the degrees in celsius a bit confusing. Luckily, a handy temperature conversion chart is included for those partial to fahrenheit.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 3
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? The Cellini Premium Plus with PID operates and functions exactly like its V2 predecessor, but with an integrated PID for temperature control.
Tips and Tricks A few helpful hints about the PID display:
  • When the PID display indicates "off," the heating element is also off and will not heat in this mode.
  • A visible dot will display at the bottom right corner of the PID controller when the heating element is being powered.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Rocket Espresso
Width With Cup Rail: 12.0 inches | Without Cup Rail: 12.0 inches
Depth With Cup Rail: 17.0 inches | Without Cup Rail: 17.0 inches
Height With Cup Rail: 16.5 inches | Without Cup Rail: 15.0 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 50.0000
Watts 1350W
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Cup Clearance 3.5 inches
Boiler Volume 1.8 liter
Reservoir Size 98 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 11 minutes
Warm Up: Steam Time 11 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Does the PID unit remember the settings if left powered off? I am interested to know if it has any kind of timer or way to save power.

Jay D on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, Once you program the PID to your desired temp, I have mine at 121. the machine will remember it no matter of hte machine is on or off, plugged or unplugged. To my knoweldge there is not ppower saving timer or else.
Reply · Report · Manjola U on Aug 13, 2014
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I just got this machine today and cannot say hi excited I have been to the idea of it. I tried making espresso with already ground coffee, but it did not come out good and no cream at all and I am suspecting that the grind might have something to do with it. What do you think? What grinder, without breaking the wallet (already emptied it buying the machine), would you recommend?
I also tried frothing milk, but this also ams out without any bubbles. I have already watched the videos you have on milk frothing, but again, any further advice would be helpful
Last but not least, the PID? It was already set for 121 Celsius (I am from Europe, so this is actually the one easy thing) and reading the manual it would appear to be a good tempt for the boiler. Any further thoughts into how the temperature can impact the espresso quality (I love the velvety creamy one) or the milk frothing?

Sorry for the too many questions, it's just that the machine is quite new and there aren't many reviews and or tips about it yet.
Thanks, Manjola
Manjola U on May 14, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the Rocket machines like this Cellini will absolutely require a good quality grinder for best results and will not perform well using preground coffee. At minimum, I would say to consider the Baratza Virtuoso grinder, or move up to something like the Rancilio Rocky. For milk frothing, the biggest tip is just to practice. For this machine, I would recommend using a 20 oz frothing pitcher filled about halfway full. The PID is advantageous because you are able to play around with different temperatures for best results depending on the coffee you are using. I would wait until you get a good quality grinder and get the grind dialed in (so for a double shot, look for 2 ounces of liquid to be extracted in 20-30 seconds) to adjust the temperature, though, as the coffee won't taste very good until the grind is dialed in. Keep practicing!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 16, 2014
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Does this unit require a cooling shot before use? All of the videos I have seen so far don't show one being done, but many of the blogs read that all heat exchange machines require you to flush water before the first use to lower the water temperature. Thanks!
Paul S on Aug 18, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, if the water in the brew head has not been flushed recently then a cooling flush would lower the temperature and provide best results for this Rocket Cellini or any e-61 brew head machine. During videos we may not always show this, or sometimes just plain forget when thinking about other details! If you just brewed a shot, this detail is also not necessary, as the previous shot has cooled down the brew head a bit. I hope this clarifies!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 19, 2014
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Hello! My question is about the dimensions and warm up. The advertised dimensions are 12w x 17d x 15 (without cup rails).

1. Is the 17" depth from the back of the machine to the end of the drip tray? Or does that 17" include to the end of the portafilter?

2. About 3 to 4" of the left side will have to sit under my cabinets which have a 17.75" clearance. What is access to the tank like? Is it a hinged door? A flat plate that lifts up and out? Could I fill the tank on the right side?

3. Advertised warm up is 11 minutes. I take it that is from a cold start? That is fast as I've been reading 20,30 even 45 min warm ups on other machines.

A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
Best Answer: The Rocket Cellini is 17 inches deep from the back of the machine to the end of the drip tray, and the portafilter extends out about another 5 inches. We do recommend leaving the portafilter attached to the machine at all times to keep the brew head gasket moist, so with the portafilter the machine ends up being about 22 inches deep. The water tank is accessed from the top, and there is a small cover/lid that lifts off to allow you to pull the tank straight up to remove it. When you want to add water to the tank, you will likely be able to pour in from the right side where you don't have a cabinet above, however on occasion you would want to move the machine to pull out and clean the tank. The machine will be hot within the boiler after 11 minutes, however we recommend a 30 minute heat up time to ensure that the portafilter and brew head are also hot, so you're not running your nice hot espresso through the metal of a cold portafilter. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 7, 2014
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Hi Sir/Madam,

Two questions:
1) Are there temper, single filter holder, and double filter holder in the box when I buy this machine?
2) Is that a simple temper or a good metal temper?


Forest on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, this Rocket Cellini V3 includes a tamper, along with single and double portafilters and baskets. The included tamper is an aluminum model that is a medium weight and works for most folks, so I would suggest giving it a try before you invest in an alternative option.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 30, 2014
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Is the Cellini Premium plumb-able?
Rick on Oct 20, 2015
Best Answer: No
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Oct 23, 2015
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Can you brew and steam at the same time?
Sam L on Jun 22, 2015
Best Answer: Yes! That's the beauty of a heat exchanger.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Jul 31, 2015
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I don't understand the benefit of adding a PID to a heat exchange machine. The way I understand a heat exchange machine is the boiler is set at the steam temperature (higher than brew temp) and cold water from the reservoir passes through the boiler bringing the temperature up to the brew temperature and recirculates from the E61 grouphead back into the boiler. A cooling flush is necessary as the recirculating water is too hot the brew. The PID will control the temperature of the boiler, but that's the steam temperature, not the brew temperature and the whole point of a PID is to control the brew temperature. Even if the steam temperature is held constant by the PID, the water in the reservoir can fluctuate and you still don't have precise control over the brew temperature and still need to do a cooling flush.
I understand a PID for a single boiler or dual boiler machine as you're controlling the temperature of the brew water (which is the whole point of a PID), but it doesn't make sense for a heat exchanger. What am I missing?
Rob L on Apr 30, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, the PID does control the steam boiler temperature, but that also, in turn, affects the temperature in the tube that the brew water will get to.? Heat Exchangers in general will keep the brew water pretty consistent at about 200-202, but by altering the temperature that the steam portion is at, then more heat will be transferred to the water in the brew tube quicker, so you can adjust up or down accordingly for how you would like to brew at what temperature.? While it is definitely true that you want to pull out the overheated water, that generally just applies when the machine has been sitting for about 1/2 hour, as the water in the brew tube would have been sitting and absorbing heat for a longer period of time, rising above the ideal brewing temperature.? By purging, you're now incorporating new cold water into the brew tube, that then absorbs heat from the steam portion.? Historically, if you wanted to change the temperature that the brew water would come out with, you would need to get into the machine itself, altering the temperature that the boiler was keeping the steam temp at.? This is a fragile way of doing it though, as small adjustments mean big changes to the brew temperature, and it is easy to go too far unknowingly.? We do not recommend getting into the machine to adjust the steam temperature.? A PID helps to find that middle ground, offering a bit more temperature control, but since it is on a HE, it won't be quite as precise as on a single or double boiler, where it is directly measuring and keeping the exact brew temperature.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on May 26, 2015
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Does the brew pressure guage on the Cellini measure pump pressure or pressure at the brewhead?
Matt D on Apr 16, 2015
Best Answer: The brew pressure gauge on the Cellini Premium Plus with PID measures the pump pressure.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on May 6, 2015
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Do you have a recommended temperature setting for the PID when using Velton's Bonzai Blend?
Rocky S on Mar 13, 2015
Best Answer: No, no set recommendation. It all comes down to preference! Try playing around with the temperature until you find what you like best.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Mar 28, 2015
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Are there any other differences between this machine and the Cellini Evoluzione V2 other than the PID, different pump, and not being plumable?
Rocky S on Mar 8, 2015
Best Answer: Those are the big differences! The other difference will be that the gauges on the front will be white on the Premium Plus, and black on the Evoluzione.
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Mar 9, 2015
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Is this a vibration or rotary machine?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2015
Best Answer: This has a vibratory pump, as it only has a tank and you cannot plumb in the machine.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 2, 2015
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What size tamp do u recommend for this machine? I need a new one and purchased this model from you a few years back.
Nathan L on Dec 18, 2014
Best Answer: This uses a 58mm portafilter, so you will need a 58mm tamper.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 22, 2014
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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus with PID

What it Covers:

Rocket Espresso machines


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

- 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
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 Cellini Premium Plus with PID

  • 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 Premium Plus with PID


Worth The PremiumReview by Gabe
First I would like to just put it out there that this thing is ultra expensive. My philosophy has always been that price does not matter if you plan on actually using the machine often. I had a Rancilio Sylvia V3 for 4 years now and not one day went by that I did not pull a shot from it so, at least in my head :P, I could justify the purchase.

That said, for the price, this thing is very well crafted and incredibly beautiful. It is stunning to look at and will make any kitchen pop. I've only had it for 2 days, so I am sure that the appeal will eventually wear off, but I can't say I was that impressed with the way the Sylvia looked. I'll have to update this review in a year or so (if I remember) to comment on durability. It feels like a tank... but only time will tell.

So thank goodness that looks are not the ONLY thing that defines the Rocket. It pulls shots better then MOST cafes I have been to here in Texas with the exception of a couple of cafes that it actually MATCHES in the quality of espresso. We are talking about cafes with 20K+ Marzoccos and even with the American built Slayer!!! Though I will say that you should go bottom-less if you really want the best shot possible. There were notes in my espresso that was very difficult to get from the Sylvia. A dear friend, who is also a coffee aficionado, came by to taste test it and he swore I added some sort of sweetener to the latte. I've only had to dial in the shot once and I was already getting sweet, rich, golden, and velvety crema.

Steam power on this machine is in a league of its own. I thought the Rancilio was quick, but this thing will heat up your milk so fast that you will quickly find yourself running out of time to texture your milk (so don't mess up :P). It's not really a con... as who can complain about good steam power... but the Rancilio did give you just enough time to texture the milk and fix any mistakes (like large bubbles) before the milk became too hot. With the Rocket, you gotta steam properly from the get-go. There is little room for error. That said... I did get latte art by the 2nd drink.

In the end, I have to give it 5 stars on quality and 4 on price and value. If I drank a latte at a good cafe every day, it would take me nearly 2 years to make up for the value of the machine. That's a bit much as with the Sylvia it took like 9 months :P. I don't know if I will be back to update this review in a year or 2... but I do know that if this thing goes 3 years or more... then in my book, it deserves 5 stars for both price and value as you are getting world class coffee in your home and at your convenience for less then what you will be paying at a cafe. (Posted on 11/22/2014)
Great Machine!Review by Javalou
I love my Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus with PID,it pulls a wonderful shot and steams like a dream.A real pleasure to have! (Posted on 11/17/2014)
Great looks, easy to use and great espresso. Review by NICK
I should start this review with a disclaimer of sorts; this is my second machine. My first being a Saeco Aroma.. which I considered the equivalent of using my toes to test pool water. I may have skipped over the Rancillo and Oscar just because I knew I'd end up here anyways.

Aesthetically the Rocket series is beautiful.. unless you don't like shiny metal, but why wouldn't you? It's also easy to clean.

As far as ease of use; I had never pulled a shot with a normal portafilter before I bought this machine. I'll admit that set me behind a bit, but after a day of working on it I was doing good. SCG has some good videos as well as youtube for tips on how to do it properly.

Pay attention to the guages on the front while using the machine, it speeds up dialing in your grind and your tamp.

As I only have an Aroma to compare to.. the steam power on this unit is immense, and I've still not mastered it. I have managed to get a paint like texture twice.. I figure another 3 gallons of milk and II'll have it down.

The machine recovers fast enough that I can make 4 double shots when friends are over and not feel like I've missed out on visiting with them.

I like the PID on the machine and it is simple to use, the book had a conversion chart in it, the videos you see of this model sometimes show a loose insert.

The one thing I was not super happy with was the cup tray rail.. it's smoked Plexiglas and mine does not sit flat. The stainless steel one looks nice but on Rocket's Facebook they showed some concept pictures for a black anodized rail and a polished copper.. which I think would look very nice. I'm not really worried about it though as I don't intend to keep the one it ships with.

Overall I'm extremely happy . (Posted on 8/2/2014)
Would recommend if can affordReview by lovealatte
Great machine, had a mid-range Breville for many years, it didn't produce great espresso, and was more of a glorified 1 serving coffee machine, an over extracted brew.

I have the Rocket on a timer to turn-on 45 min before use in the morning, I like the boiler at temp for a period of time where the entire head heats up. Produces great espresso shots and superb milk frothing. Machine is pricey, but worth it you plan having it for many years, and it keeps you out of the coffee shops.

Need a good grinder. Purchased a Baratza Forte and returned it, couldn't get it to give a consistent grind. IMO, this grinder adjustment mechanism is not a robust design. Whether something went awry in shipping, or it needed some other tweaking...what ever the issue...IMO a good design should withstand the shipping and use environment, and be easy to adjust without disassembly, and hassle, ect.

I then purchased a Mazzer Mini. Within two cycles of fine adjustment tuning was able to achieve great espresso shots. Couldn't be happier, for same price range, I would recommend this grinder over the Baratza. (Posted on 8/1/2014)

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