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Rancilio HSD-ROC-SD Rocky Espresso Coffee Grinder
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- 50mm commercial grade grinding burrs
- Grinds directly into porta filter for simple operation
- Powerful 166-watt direct drive quiet operation motor. All units are tested prior packaging which might leave a small trace of coffee residue. Please refer the video under product images for overview
- Tinted hopper with a 0.65lb capacity. Please check the FAQ section under the Product Details
- Simple variable grinder adjustment control. For Trouble Shooting Steps refer on the page 32 in the user manual
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|Sold By||Seattle Coffee Gear||SMARTHOME & TECH TAX FREE||Visions Espresso Service, Inc||Coffee Stuff||Amazon.com||Barista Lab|
|Item Dimensions||4.7 x 9.8 x 13.8 in||6.25 x 8.5 x 15.25 in||4.72 x 6.29 x 13.77 in||2.56 x 5.91 x 5.31 in||7.13 x 10.75 x 6 in||4.5 x 7.2 x 14.5 in|
|Item Weight||15.4 lbs||6.4 lbs||6.83 lbs||7.15 lbs||4.5 lbs||13.51 lbs|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Brushed satin metal, Black plastic||Stainless Steel||—|
Perfect companion to the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine. The Rocky SD is burr coffee grinder with 50mm plate grinding burrs found in entry-level commercial grinders. Capable of grinding up to 7.7lbs per hour the Rocky SD will be sure to keep up with your needs. The Rocky SD features a metal removable fork to hold your porta filter in place. Grinds directly into your porta filter. The motor of the Rocky SD is a 166-watt direct drive motor that is extremely powerful. Spinning at 1725 RPM's. This powerful grinder is quiet during operation. Rocky SD features simple controls. Change the grind setting with a simple unlock of the lever and a quick spin of the bean hopper. It can grind coffee to a fine powder or course grind in seconds. The tinted bean hopper of the Rocky SD keeps just over 1/2 a pound of whole bean coffee fresh and ready to grind on-demand.
Each unit is factory tested with real coffee beans and some coffee powder may still be present.
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This is a good prosumer grinder. It is expensive but is a large step up from higher cost consumer grinders. It seems the the high end consumer grinders have a better fit and finish but over delliver on features, e.g., over 100 grind settings, to differentiate from the lower cost variants.
A step up from here and you enter into the low end of commercial products which are aimed at the espresso brewer exclusively and are an overkill for a cup or two a day brewer like myself.
It is important to note that I brew Aeropress and thus require a fine-medium grind. The Rocky will do this grind and the espresso (fine) grind. The higher cost grinders tend to be espresso only. Also, the Rocky can grind directly into the Aeropress - convenient!
Final point, if you need a low cost grinder that will do Aeropress and French Press than you should go with the Cuisinart DBM-8. At 15% the cost of the Rocky it is a great value.
I bought this to replace my Ascaso grinder becuase I wanted a stepped adjustment to make switching brewing methods realistic. What I didn't expect was the Rocky would be so much quieter than my Ascaso. The coffee does clump up noticibly with finer grinds, but it doesn't seem to be a serious problem.
I do find the deep recesses for the screws inside the hopper to be a curious choice. Coffee beans will get trapped in there without a doubt, and while that may not bother you, it irks me since it's so unnecessary. Another minor problem is that it's quite hard to get a brush up into the grinder to clean out old grounds without removing the spout.
A bit less minor is the trouble you have to go to in order to have the grinder running when setting the adjustment finer. You have to hold the momentary grind switch, the release for the adjustment, and then rotate the hopper all at once. It's not simple, and I wish there was a better way.
A few people have mentioned the grinder arriving covered in coffee grounds and wondering if it was actually new. My grinder arrived with Rancilio-branded tape on the shipping carton, and then inside that was a second carton (also Rancilio-branded) that appeared to be the retail box. There's just no question in my mind that the grinder was new from Rancilio, but it did come complete with plenty of coffee grounds all over it. This is just what happens to a grinder when you use it (even just for factory testing).
It will not, however, handle oily beans. If you put an oily, deep roasted bean in it, it will jam constantly. Mine arrived in good shape, with no damage to the packing, but the chute was installed by someone who tightened the screws too much and is cracked on both sides and the wire that holds the portafilter underneath the chute holds it slightly to one side so my grounds tend to pile up on the right side and spill out before I have enough to fill the filter.
Over all I am mostly please with this grinder. It seems sturdy and has functioned well on a daily basis for about a year now. And, if you don't mind the drawbacks mentioned above, this grinder is probably the best grinder for the money that you can buy. If you do mind the drawbacks mentioned above (or like oily, dark roasts) be prepared to spend more money. A good grinder makes all the difference in the world to coffee, and I personally am only sorry that I waited so long to buy one.