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Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID

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Product Description

Sometimes the best just keeps getting better! Rocket has once again exceeded expectations by creating the Giotto Premium Plus with PID. The clear successor to the Giotto Premium Plus V2, this updated model features an integrated PID for a more precise brewing temperature. To maintain its elegant design, Rocket strategically placed the PID controller inside the drip tray. No need to constantly fuss with the temperature! Just set the controller to your ideal brewing temperature, install the drip tray and forget it.

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

  • Dual Pressure Gauges: A barometer for both the steam pump and brew boiler allows you to visibly see the amount of pressure applied while brewing or steaming.
  • Legendary E-61 Brew Head: This highly sought-after brew head is commercial grade and sure to last.
  • Pre-Infusion System: Rocket's dual pre-infusion system works to make a smooth shot of espresso with excellent body and crema.
  • Insulated Boiler: The added insulation works to increase heat retention, reducing wait time between shots.
  • Heavy Duty Boiler The 1.8 liter boiler is constructed of pure copper and made with two lead free brass end plates. The end plates, plus the added boiler insulation help increase thermal retention.
  • Cup Rack: Removable cup rack is included and is easily installed. The cup rack can also be left off if you require a little less height on your machine.
  • Integrated PID: Not so secretly hidden inside the drip tray and available for control over your brewing temperature.
  • Control Light: Located at the bottom left corner of the machine, this light illuminates green when the machine is on and flashes when the water level is low.
  • Large Water Reservoir: Via the separate lid, easily access the removable water reservoir without clearing your cups from the cup warmer.
  • Hot Water: Both the Rocket Giotto & Cellini Premium Plus with PID feature a sturdy hot water wand for instant Americanos or hot chocolate (for the sweet tooth in the house!).
  • Easy Clean Steam Wand - The internally insulated steam wand makes wiping milk off after frothing a breeze.
  • Contemporary Design - Rocket’s distinctive design may have you feeling like you’re brewing espresso on a piece of modern art.
  • Excellent Frothing Power - The Giotto's steam wand froths an ideal consistency for budding baristas to perfect their latte art.
  • Not Cool Touch - While we love how the steam wand is well insulated so milk doesn't burn on the outside, this does not mean the wand is cool touch. After frothing, be careful not to directly touch the wand as it can be hot.
  • Stiff Water Tank - The water reservoir is removable, but requires some muscle to detach from the machine.
  • Celsius Woes - This current PID model only offers celsius as a readable temperature unit on the PID controller. For those forever fahrenheit lovers, there is a nifty conversion chart included with the user manual.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 3
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? The Rocket Giotto Premium Plus with PID is essentially a Giotto Premium Plus V2, with an integrated PID for temperature control.
Tips and Tricks What Your PID Is Trying to Tell You:
  • If your PID display says "off," this also means the heating element is off and will not warm in this mode.
  • If your PID displays a dot at the bottom right corner, this means the heating element is being powered.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Rocket Espresso
Width With Cup Rail: 13.0 inches | Without Cup Rail: 13.0 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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I've been eyeing the Rocket machines to replace an old fully automatic machine mainly because of reliability, longevity and most of all quality of pull. This machine will have to sit on the counter and be partially under the cupboards which means getting to the reservoir would be a challenge. It would entail muscling this bad boy forward once a week or so (or get plumbable model), does it swivel and/or how easy is it to slide on the counter. I do lift weights but not usually first thing in the AM!???
Paul C on Dec 14, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Paul -
We also have our machine on the counter under the cabinets. The machine does not swivel. We have granite countertops, and we put those plastic easy-glide pads under the feet, which makes it easier to slide in and out. I don't think we have to move it every week, though. Seems like the water supply lasts longer than that, but we only use ours in the morning, not later in the day.


Reply · Report · Carol N on Dec 15, 2014
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What is the difference between this model (Giotto Premium Plus V3) and the Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione Espresso Machine - V2? The V3 seems to have the same features other than it is not plumbable, and a different look/design? I understand the V3 has the PID. Anything else? The V3 is quite a bit cheaper, so curious what causes the price difference to the V2. Thanks, Daniel
A shopper on Aug 25, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the features that you mentioned are the main differences between the V2 and V3 Evoluzione and Premium Plus model Rockets. The Evo models are a higher price because they are plumbable, while the V3 includes a PID but is offered in a Premium Plus model with a tank only. The Evo models offer a rotary pump that is slightly quieter, while the Premium Plus models have a vibratory pump. The two units still operate the same way, so the potential for plumbing in the Evoluzione is really what causes the jump up in cost. Hope this clarifies!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 25, 2014
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I'm floating between the Premium Plus V3 with PID, or the Evolution with rotary pump, which do you think matters most? Rotary pump or PID? Why didn't rocket do the Evolution with PID, would have been a much easier choice! :)

Thanks Scott
Scott on May 1, 2014
Best Answer: I am not sure why Rocket hasn't made that version of their machines, unfortunately! Between the rotary and vibratory pumps, the noise that the two make is not significant and won't be noticeable unless you have the two machines side by side. The two pumps will also have the potential to last about the same period of time, and so this should not effect your decision either. The deciding factors might be if you think you want to plumb your machine, or if you think you need to have a PID. Maybe in the future Rocket will have a plumbable PID heat exchanger, but for the time being you would either need to choose a heat exchanger or to go with the R58. The R58 doesn't offer the flared sides of the Giotto machines, but is plumbable with a rotary pump and a PID option. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 1, 2014
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will this unit connect to a water tap and does the drip tray connect to a drain hose like my older model?
mike l on Apr 17, 2014
Best Answer: No, the Premium Plus model of the Rocket Giotto uses a water tank only, and is not plumbable, nor can you connect drainage to the drip tray. For the ability to connect the machine to a water source and connect drainage to the drip tray, check out the Evoluzione models from Rocket.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 18, 2014
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Any chance of retrofitting an existing Rocket (Evoluzione V2) with the PID?
Andy T on Apr 4, 2014
Best Answer: The Evoluzione V2 machines are not eligible for a retrofit with a PID at this time, unfortunately. We haven't heard from Rocket if that is something that may be available in the future but will keep our site up to date with any information we may receive about that.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 5, 2014
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Does the new PID take the place of a pressurestat to control the boiler pressure by controlling the boiler's temperature?
Barbara H on Mar 24, 2014
Best Answer: No, the PID allows you to alter the steam boiler temperature on this heat exchanger machine, but the Rocket Giotto still has a gauge on the front that will be affected by changes you make to the PID temperature. You are altering the steam boiler temperature and Rocket includes a conversion chart to allow you to convert your boiler temp to brew temp. Hope this helps clarify!
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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID

What it Covers:

Rocket Espresso machines

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Rocket Espresso Giotto 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 and clean the filter basket each week.
  • Keep the stainless-steel casing shiny with a microfiber cloth.

User Manuals for your Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID


It's not Rocket ScienceReview by Melanie
We moved and had to part with our reliable Nuovel Simonelle 15 year old pro machine. The Oscar, it's foray into theoconsumer market place seemed like a great replacement. Giving up a plumbed in machine for a reservoir is always a leap of faith. I had done extensive research and the Rocket had some more uptodate features but I wasn't sure. A long talk with the experts at Seattle which features both machines convinced me. We took the Rocket. It arrived, we plugged it in, started it up and it flooded. The coffee mavens at Seattle were appalled. The replacement was on its way before we delivered the defective one to Fedex. The machine is a relevation! Coffee is tastier,milk achieves a thickness we didn't know was possible and the people at Seattle are there to answer even our dumbest questions. (Posted on 8/18/2014)
nice espresso makeReview by Valerie
Bought mine about 10 years ago. It has had no problems and makes great espresso beverages. (Posted on 6/8/2014)
Rocket Espresso Giotto V3 - Magnificent!Review by Tomasi
I was really bummed when I burned up my trusty Rancilio Silvia, though I admit I'd been thinking about upgrading her for a while. I did some research and settled on Giotto... and I'm glad I did! Of course the price tag was daunting, but the machine is just extraordinary (though SCG DID have the best price I could find). I pumped about 6oz of beans through it dialing in my grind and tamp, and I'm pulling better shots than I ever did with poor deceased Silvia. HINT: it took me a while to figure out how to actually use the pump pressure gauge to help with that dialing in process. Don't forget it's there! Could have gotten it right much faster if I'd paid attention earlier.

Steaming is great too; that boiler is a beast. And because of the heat exchanger I can now do our morning combo of a double espresso for me and latte for my wife in about 1/4 the time.

And it looks great on my countertop! (Posted on 4/14/2014)

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