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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2006
I have had my Rocky doserless grinder for nearly nine months and I have never regretted the purchase. This is one of the premier prosumer grade coffee grinders and delivers consistent quality for espresso through drip and (almost) up to press pot. It is solid, relatively quiet - I use mine in my office at a small university and do close my door to muffle the noise a little more - and a great option for grinding for each individual shot of espresso. Plus, its compact form factor and mechanical-cool look mean Rocky can sit on the corner of my desk, next to the Gaggia Factory lever machine that it serves.

The highlights of the Rocky are its solidity and quality, its ease of adjustment, and in the case of this doserless model, its ability to grind for each dose of espresso or brew with minimal holdover of grounds. Because the path from burrs to chute is so short and unobstructed, I can rap the side when I am done and dislodge any leftover grounds, or simply remove the two screws holding in the chute to use a brush to clear it. The metal hoop below is perfect for holding a Gaggia or Pavoni portafilter when grinding, and can be removed with one quick tug to allow you to grind into a filter, press pot, or bag. Rocky's weight keeps it steady - it is no flimsy lightweight - and I personally like that the power switch and grind switch are separated on the doserless model. Having the grind switch on the front is convenient.

The only things keeping Rocky from getting five stars have to do with the grind settings. On the coarse end of the adjustment, Rocky just doesn't quite make it to a real french press grind. This is an issue that was noted on coffeegeek reviews and which I didn't care about when I bought the machine, but which I now wish I had considered. Also, and this is a niggling point, the grind adjustments are stepped, not stepless. In a perfect world, I like to think that all grinders should be stepless like the Mazzer Mini that I occasionally get to play with. That said, the steps are close enough that I have not found a problem in getting the grind I desire, and the system of a release button on the collar that adjusts the burrs is slick and simple.

If you are in the market for a top end consumer coffee grinder, take a good long look at the doserless Rocky. When a Mazzer Mini would be overkill (and overpriced), but you want something closer to commercial grade than a Solis Maestro, Rocky hits the sweet spot.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
It's funny that the Italians should have a reputation for building mechanical equipment that is, shall we say, quirky. This thing is built like a tank, and beautifully designed.

We are coffee hobbyists and have been roasting our own for several years. But we have been making do with a cheap burr grinder that I thought was "good enough". When it finally started to seem like it was on its last legs I decided to step up and buy a serious grinder.

Wow, what a difference! The grind is absolutely even, and the machine is very quiet (for a coffee grinder). But what is really amazing is how much of a difference it has made in our coffee. In fact, we get so much more extraction that I had to cut our "dose" by about 30% per pot. Subtleties of roast variations are also much more pronounced now. This machine really has reinvented our coffee experience.

For drip, we do have to run the grinder at almost its coarsest setting and even at that I wouldn't call it super-coarse. So if your preparation method requires a very coarse grind, keep that in mind.

If you don't use one of those dosing wands you're probably looking askance at that chrome bar under the spout. No worries, a firm tug pulls it out, no tools required. You will need to provide some sort of container to put under the spout. A medium beaker or coffee cup would be about the right size. We actually use the grind container from our old grinder.

I wanted to write this review to let people know that this is a great machine for coffee, not just espresso. Highly Recommended!
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2006
I have had my Rocky doserless grinder for nearly nine months and I have never regretted the purchase. This is one of the premier prosumer grade coffee grinders and delivers consistent quality for espresso through drip and (almost) up to press pot. It is solid, relatively quiet - I use mine in my office at a small university and do close my door to muffle the noise a little more - and a great option for grinding for each individual shot of espresso. Plus, its compact form factor and mechanical-cool look mean Rocky can sit on the corner of my desk, next to the Gaggia Factory lever machine that it serves.

The highlights of the Rocky are its solidity and quality, its ease of adjustment, and in the case of this doserless model, its ability to grind for each dose of espresso or brew with minimal holdover of grounds. Because the path from burrs to chute is so short and unobstructed, I can rap the side when I am done and dislodge any leftover grounds, or simply remove the two screws holding in the chute to use a brush to clear it. The metal hoop below is perfect for holding a Gaggia or Pavoni portafilter when grinding, and can be removed with one quick tug to allow you to grind into a filter, press pot, or bag. Rocky's weight keeps it steady - it is no flimsy lightweight - and I personally like that the power switch and grind switch are separated on the doserless model. Having the grind switch on the front is convenient.

The only things keeping Rocky from getting five stars have to do with the grind settings. On the coarse end of the adjustment, Rocky just doesn't quite make it to a real french press grind. This is an issue that was noted on coffeegeek reviews and which I didn't care about when I bought the machine, but which I now wish I had considered. Also, and this is a niggling point, the grind adjustments are stepped, not stepless. In a perfect world, I like to think that all grinders should be stepless like the Mazzer Mini that I occasionally get to play with. That said, the steps are close enough that I have not found a problem in getting the grind I desire, and the system of a release button on the collar that adjusts the burrs is slick and simple.

If you are in the market for a top end consumer coffee grinder, take a good long look at the doserless Rocky. When a Mazzer Mini would be overkill (and overpriced), but you want something closer to commercial grade than a Solis Maestro, Rocky hits the sweet spot.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2009
I'm super happy with the Rocky. I've had mine for over five years and the thing works extremely well. I've taken it apart a few times to give it a good thorough cleaning and the parts on the inside all appear to be very well made. I recommend this grinder all the time and I give it a hearty thumbs up to anybody who cares about a quality cup of coffee.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2009
Over a period of five years, I perfected my espresso shots using a La Pavoni conical burr grinder and a La Pavoni lever espresso machine. Went all the way around the bases by buying a coffee roaster and perfecting the blend and roast.

Then the bearings on my old La Pavoni burr grinder burned out. I replaced it with an $80 Capresso grinder that got great reviews.

Big mistake. Tried using the Capresso for several months, and knew I wasn't where I needed to be when my barista son was here for a visit earlier this summer. All I had to see was the look on his face when I served him a shot with large, white bubbles instead of thich, rust-red crema. The shot was over-extracted and bitter.

So I got a Rancillio Rocky, and I CELEBRATE it every morning when the shots I spent five years learning to pull are reappearing in my cup.

This thing, as others have noted, is built like a tank. It's very quiet. It took me all of four shots to dial in the perfect grind for an everage day, and it's a snap to go one click or one click down if the weather gets drier or more humid.

You can feel the quality of the grind in the lever on the La Pavoni. Pulling a good shot is more about what you feel in your arm and what you see and hear going into the cup than anything else. This machine makes getting exactly the right texture a snap.

Given its industrial appearance, if your kitchen is more about having great looking appliances on display on your counters than it is about using them, this grinder's not for you. But if your morning revolves around perfect blend, perfect roast, perfect grind, perfect pull, perfect shot - this is the grinder to toss into your workflow.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2007
The grinder makes a huge difference in espresso, when you take advantage of its precision. On my last lot of beans, a grinder setting of 12 produced something like brewed coffee, while 10 justified the price of this machine. For me, anyway, it takes time to find the right balance of coffee amount, grind, tamping, and extraction time. New beans need a new balance.

As to the doser: If you usually grind for one espresso at a time then you seriously do not want the doser getting in your way.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2007
Even if you can't afford this, please do yourself a favor and find a way to buy this. I am so pleased with it. It is quiet and very efficient. It somehow makes the coffee beans smell better, and coffee taste better than other grinders I have tried. Very precise control of the grinds. Well built, strong and quiet. I highly recommend this grinder. Don't pay twice and buy something cheaper, you will regret it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2009
I am very satisfied with this grinder -- which says a lot as I had previously purchased and returned 2 others in the $140 - $200 price range. The lesson I learned was that cheap grinders just won't produce a fine enough grind for espresso. Not a problem with the Rocky which will grind your beans to a very fine powder.
There is a rule that says spend more for the grinder than for the espresso machine, and it took me a while to learn it. I'm very happy with my Rocky -- highly recommended.

Update -- Feb 2012
1. Rocky is still going strong and I expect many more years of use from it. It has needed disassembly for cleaning and recalibration of the burrs just once. Both of these tasks were easily done by me and didn't require any service from Rancilio. There are YouTube videos out there to show you how.
2. There is one criticism I have read about this grinder is that is true -- the ground coffee discharge passageway retains about a half a portafilter of ground coffee. Thus, if you grind your coffee daily and directly into your portafilter, you will get about half fresh and half of yesterday's grind.
This is not a problem for me as I grind about a weeks worth of coffee at a time (and so I won't deduct any stars for it), but someone who insists on the absolute freshest grind might be disappointed.

For me, the most important features of this grinder are its rock-solid construction and its ability to produce a fine enough grind for espresso. Five stars.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2014
I've been using the Rocky daily now for a few months. I had previously used a Barzata Maestro, actually the original Solis Maestro, for years which was a workhorse but had 2 fatal flaws: 1- couldn't grind fine enough for good espresso & 2- the grind adjustment ring got stuck from fine grind powder & the cheap plastic adjustment ring collar broke when trying to work it out, luckily it got stuck right at an acceptable drip grind which I used for years. Barzata does have excellent support & supplies inexpensive parts to fix this but I couldn't get it to work correctly again.

Anybody who is handy want to buy an reliable grinder with new replacement parts? :)

I recently got a new espresso machine at a deep discount so soon I realized I needed a grinder that also could do a more acceptable fine grind. I also recently retired so I want to save my $$$ by making my own daily quality coffee fix at home. By most accounts the Rocky is the best cheapest machine for this. Most of the others are more expensive (Mazza) & a lot don't do drip grind which is my preference 90% of the time. The Rocky does a good job for both grinds so I will give all props for that, if you get a good bean that has been freshly roasted & find your correct grind number on the hopper grind adjustment collar you will start your day off very nicely indeed.

But I have some real issues with this machine. There are 3 recessed screw holes in the hopper that are the exact size of the beans so they get stuck inside. You either ignore & let the holes fill up & dislodge randomly in future grinds of fresher beans or you get to practice some microsurgery trying to dislodge smooth round beans with fine needles or something. More serious is the major PITA of the grinder retaining almost a full TABLESPOON of grounds in the chute dump process: I have to tilt the machine & bang forcefully on the back of it every time to cough up this tbsp of grinds stuck inside... really? If I don't perform a daily CPR on this grinder I will have to live with a full tbsp of stale beans being spit out for my next pot? That is unacceptable for a machine at this price point I feel.

And then the grind adjustment on the hopper gets jammed after every use, I need to work the hopper back & forth several times to finally free it to being able to fully calibrate again. After every use. I suspect the fine grinds get into the adjustment threads & clog them. (I alternate between drip & espresso grinds, if you only did one type of grind this may not be as big of an issue, but the fact I do mainly a coarser drip grind 90% of the time doesn't portend well for those that grind finer most of the time.)

So to sum up, with every grind I not only have to load the hopper with beans & fill my portafilter/drip cone, but I also have to fish out the 1-4 beans stuck in the holes in the hopper, tilt the entire machine at a 45 degree angle & forcefully bang the back for the additional tbsp of grounds left in the machine to fall into a cup on my counter ( & praying the plastic ledge at the bottom of the Rocky bearing the weight of this heavy unit + my banging doesn't break) & then work the partially paralyzed hopper adjustment back & forth several times until the full range of grind is made available again.

These are all design flaws that could be very easily fixed but obviously Rancilio can't be bothered. I'm not saying that this is a bad grinder, it just is more of a hassle to use than anyone should expect after paying $350+. I can't pay anymore, hey... I've already invested around $800 in coffee appliances & that's quite enough thank you! Don't tell me I need to spend $200 more just so a machine will empty out all of the grounds or that I should lown 2 grinders. These would be easy fixes for Rancilio's design group if they really cared.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
The threads on the housing of the burrs have chipped away and thus I can no longer adjust the coarseness of my grinds or even move the dial at all. It took a lot of effort to finally get the product apart. I clean the item regularly so that's not the issue. I have two very detailed pictures I'd attach but not sure how to do so. My Rancillo never came with a warranty card (doesn't appear this exists) and after reading all the reviews on here and seeing the quality of the machine I didn't expect to ever need one.

It looks like I must have just got a machine that somehow fell thru the gaps of quality control. I now have a very expensive $350 pound paperweight sitting on my counter that I can do nothing with after less than 8 weeks of use, so frustrating.

I hope amazon / seller come thru ASAP as I also have very expensive fresh ground beans sitting at my house going to waste and an expensive Espresso machine begging to be fed....

sad amazon junky today....

UPDATE - Amazon refunded me the cost due to this product being faulty so my overall experience is a 3 out of 5, the product still leaves something to be desired, Amazon customer service for me 5 stars
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