Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID



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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.
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.


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
Programmability PID
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
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 58mm
Available Portafilters Bottomless, Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 11 minutes
Warm Up: Steam Time 11 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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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
Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID
Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID
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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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Is the water tank plastic bpa free ?
A shopper on Mar 4, 2015
Best Answer: BPA is only associatied with clear plastics, not the white opaque plastic that the Rocket tank is made of.
Reply · Report · Carlos D on May 8, 2015
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Hi, I have been running a gaggia espresso pure and Grinta combo for the last 3-4 years. I am looking for a more stable/ controlable espresso machine like a rocket or alternative E61 machine. Is the Grinta good enough for this higher end gear and what would be the higher you would go to pair with the Grinta?
alexandre on Feb 15, 2016
Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID
Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID
Nuova Simonelli Grinta Espresso Grinder
Nuova Simonelli Grinta Espresso Grinder
Best Answer: I have not had the Rocket Giotto too long, but improvement compared with my previous fully automatic is truly amazing. Unlike some other manual machines, where you have to work to get the correct pressure/temperature the Giotto is repeatable cup after cup. Once you determine your grind, shot size, tamp, ..... process you get wonderfully flavored consistent shots of espresso. In a way the Giotto takes the actual brewing process out of the equation and leaves you to work with the other variables that go into making the perfect espresso.
In terms of grinder, this is just as important as the brewing, so again if the Grinta gives consistent grind I am sure it will be fine partner to the Giotto.
Reply · Report · Michael W on Feb 17, 2016
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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: The feet of the machine have removable rubber rings, take them out to let the machine slide easy. Or do what I did remove the rear ones only, this leave the front stable when locking in the portafilter, while letting easily lift the front of the machine to slide on the back feet.
Reply · Report · Carlos D on May 8, 2015
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Just got our new Giotto PID but the pressure gauge is not exceeding 2 bars when we extract espresso. What could the problem be?
Sergio G on Aug 7, 2016
Best Answer: Hey Sergio!

Do you still have your blind basket? Pop that into a portafilter and watch the pressure dial, it should shoot up to 9 bars before water starts to come out of the pressure release solenoid. Also, make sure your grind is fine enough and you're getting enough tamp pressure.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Aug 10, 2016
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Where is this manufactured?
A shopper on Mar 8, 2017
Best Answer: Rocket Espresso machines are built by hand right outside of Milan, Italy.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Mar 8, 2017
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Is the rocket premium plus with pid going to remain in production or will it be replaced with a newer model?
Don M on Feb 11, 2017
Best Answer: Hey Don!

We don't know of any definite updates to the Premium Plus at this time.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Feb 21, 2017
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What are the differences between the Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus with PID and the Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2016
Best Answer: The difference between the two is purely aesthetic! The Cellini has classic, straight sides, while the Giotto has the wedge shaped sides pictured here. Otherwise, they are the same internally. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Sep 29, 2016
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Somebody mentioned to use a VST 20 g basket for coffee instead of the stock one. What does that mean? I am about to purchase the Rocket Cellini
bunky on Jul 7, 2016
Best Answer: VST baskets are precision machined to get more consistent results than the stock portafilter basket. They come in 15, 18, 20, and 22 gram sizes and each will work well with +/- 1 gram (you can put 19-21 grams of dry grounds in a 20g basket). I held off on buying one at first, but I eventually bought an 18 and 20 and saw immediate improvements in ability to dial in shots, consistency, and crema. The 15, 18, and 20 will fit the stock double portafilter, but you'd likely need a bottomless portafilter to fit the 22.
Reply · Report · Joe S on Jul 8, 2016
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Hi there, what's the different bewteen the Rocket Espresso Giotto and the Rocket Espresso Cellini?
Rita W on Mar 30, 2016
Best Answer: It's purely cosmetic. The Cellini has straight sides, while the Giotto has angled sides. The internal components and function are identical.
Reply · Report · Joe S on Apr 8, 2016
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What size tamper does it need?
Virginia H on Nov 9, 2015
Best Answer: 58mm
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Dec 6, 2015
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Hi guys, we are setting up a market stall selling coffee/snacks. I am a massive Rocket fan but unsure if this machine could handle a market environment

Just wanted your expert thoughts?
Paul M on Oct 24, 2015
Best Answer: This machine is meant for home use and is only meant to handle 20-30 shots at most per day. Even that is pushing it.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Oct 27, 2015
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Hello. Can you comment on the recovery time between shots? I will be making 2-3 double shots in a row. Also, what's the best way to determine when it is ready to go again? Thanks!
Jess W on Sep 23, 2015
Best Answer: You can keep going as fast as you can put grounds into the portafilter. It is always ready to go. You can even keep this machine on 24/7!
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Sep 25, 2015
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Rocket Giotto Plus PID, are the curved sides stainless or polymer?
Charles M on Aug 7, 2015
Best Answer: Stainless
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 8, 2015
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What are the "feet" dimensions? (for example, measured from back of back feet, to front of front feet, for example) I have a rather narrow 15.5" depth free-standing bar space and would like to know if the feet will fit and be stable. (totally ok with front/back overhang but would also be interested in the overhang measures -- from back of back feet to back of unit, and front of front feet to edge of drip tray if possible.) Are the dimensions the same for Evo V2?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2015
Best Answer: Width of feet is 9.25", depth of feet is 13.25".
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Dec 6, 2015
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What is the most reasonable grinder to pair with this machine for home use? I am strongly considering the Baratza Vario, but I'm curious if I can get away with the Preciso? Thanks!
Ben T on Jun 2, 2015
Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID
Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID
Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder
Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder
Baratza Vario Burr Grinder with Metal PortaHolder - Open Box
Baratza Vario Burr Grinder with Metal PortaHolder - Open Box
Best Answer: If you're going to spend that much on a Rocket, it would only seem right to get the Vario. You can certainly get an espresso grind with the Precise, but you will be limiting yourself.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jun 20, 2015
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Do you set up the machine, calibrate and test before you ship?
Vince L on May 12, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, as Rockets are imported from Italy, the machine is tested before it is shipped to the customer
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on May 26, 2015
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I can't decide between getting the Giotto premium plus with PID and the Giotto Evo V2
or getting the R58
can you help?
Sam84 on Apr 13, 2015
Best Answer: It really depends on what you are ultimately looking for. In terms of espresso, they will all produce great quality shots. Both Giottos are heat exchangers while the R58 is a double boiler. The Rocket Giotto Evoluzione V2 line features the same upgraded rotary pump as the R58, eliminating back pressure from the boiler and making it plumbable. The rotary pump is also quieter than the vibratory pump. I think among the 3, you'll get a little more out of the Giotto Evo V2 or the R58. This video may help you decide:
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Apr 23, 2015
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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: According to other websites, the pressurestat was indeed replaced by a PID on the Giotto Plus PID and Cellini Plus PID models. It makes sense, as you do not need two controllers to accomplish the same thing.
Reply · Report · Rocky S on Apr 3, 2015
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In loveReview by Andy
Upgraded from a Breville Dual Boiler that crapped out on me after only a year. Was looking for something more durable. I liked a lot about the Dual Boiler but it lacked consistency which was frustrating. The Rocket Giotto Premium Plus has be a godsend! Very consistent and the machine is a tank. Not to mention exceptionally good looking. I couldn't be happier and Seattle Coffee Gears videos and customer service are stellar. (Posted on 4/3/2017)
8 Months In ReviewReview by Daniel
This machine was quite the upgrade for me as I'm coming from a Breville single boiler machine.

I'm using the Compak K3 with this machine and have really enjoyed both.
*However, the single most important piece of equipment in my opinion is the $20 scale to get the consistent dose and extractions. This machine as well as the Compak grinder will make terrible coffee far easier than they will make you good coffee. Weigh your grinds, and the extraction you're brewing.*

When this machine is given the time to heat up, and really get hot, it produces some great coffee. The build quality is excellent, you notice that right away as picking this thing up requires some strength.

Anytime I'm running water through the group, I always run it straight into a little cup. The drip tray will fill up extremely quick, and with how beautiful this machine looks, it also helps keep it looking clean.

I do enjoy the steaming power. It's quite the upgrade from any machine I've had. I do however not enjoy how fast the machine runs out of steaming power. (If you're brewing and steaming simultaneously) I regularly make a double shot latte and steam my small amount of milk at the same time, and by the time I've pulled the wand out and go to purge it, the steaming power is pretty weak.

Overall if you're a home barista looking to step your game up, this machine is a great purchase.
(Posted on 8/7/2015)
Love Love Love!!!Review by Jason
Normally I don't write reviews, at least positive ones anyways, you know how usually you feel compelled to write a review when something negative happens. However, I really feel I need to put in my 2 cents on this machine. I've only been brewing my own espresso for just under a year, born from tired of paying $5 dollars for a latte and figured a with a small investment I could do something comparable on my own.

I started with a Rancilio Silvia and Rocky grinder, at the time it was more than I wanted to spend but the entry level into something that could pull decent quality. After 10 months with the Silvia, I grew tired of having to wait to steam or pull shots with the single boiler. That brought me to the Giotto. Let's be honest, this is A LOT to spend on a coffee maker for residential use. After much research, I decided that the Giotto Premium Plus was indeed the next level and would afford me the ability to steam and pull shots at the same time. That's really the main reason I went ahead with the purchase.

What I wasn't prepared for was how beautiful it is and how amazing it looks in my kitchen. This thing is solid, pretty heavy, like a luxury car. My very first shot, I used the bottomless portafilter, VST 20g basket instead of the stock one, Bar Nine beans and the quality was as good as anything at the coffee shops from the LaMarzocco machines. I truly thought the only way I would get that level of taste was if I spent 15k on a professional machine. This is as good and a fraction of the cost. I look forward to many years of use on this machine.

Skip past the Silvia and go straight to Rocket, the quality from the Silvia is good, don't get me wrong, but it's not Coffee Shop good. If this is an appliance you plan on having in your life for decades, its worth it. (Posted on 7/17/2015)
Water Tank woes solved!Review by Honey
I absolutely love my Rocket. Have had it since mid-November and use it every day. Removing the water tank however, was a big challenge. Neither my husband nor I could easily remove it for cleaning. We both pulled from each end but our fingers kept slipping off without a nudge from the water tank. Water pumps proved useful, but still were not an acceptable solution.

Then came the revelation: We put pure silicon gel around the gasket. It is the only substance we know of that could withstand the high temperatures. Voila', since doing so, the water tank can now be removed and replaced with only one human power needed! Yes, silicon is expensive, but you can purchase a very small quantity. Hope others find this tip useful. (Posted on 2/23/2015)
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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Warranty Information for the Rocket Espresso Giotto Premium Plus with PID

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 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.

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