Rancilio Rocky

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Rancilio Rocky
9.1 Total Score

$355.00

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  • Wide Fineness Range
  • Easy Cleaning
  • Robust

Description and Review

Rancilio Rocky Review

Overview

We review one of the most popular coffee grinders in market from the renowned Italian manufacturer. Rancilio Rocky is available in doser and doserless version. Most of the parts and features are common for both models and obviously the main difference is the doser device. This time we take a look on the doserless model as it displays the most interest. The doserless model is more suitable for people who don’t grind massive volume of coffee and seek smaller but fresher quantity.

Enclosed mainly in a stainless steel case with some plastic parts combines style and durability. Armed with an 10.5 oz. bean hopper, 50mm flat stainless steel burrs and a slow turning but powerful 140 watt motor. Notably the hopper has a blue coating that blocks UV light and prevent the beans of going stale. Simplistic design with just a push power on at the bottom and clearly marked steps around the hopper. A lever next to the bean hopper serves as a lock for it. A removable ground tray sits at the bottom.

Testing

We filled the hopper with 4 oz. of beans and closed the lid. Adjusting the fineness is performed by pressing the lever while turning the hopper. At first we tried the coarsest setting to check if the output is suitable for French press or drip. Turning counterclockwise you meet the ending point. Next you just place the portafilter under the chute on the sturdy arms and press the push button. The output at this selection was too coarse and not the optimum for French press or drip coffee. So we had to turn the bean to a finer position. But going clockwise is not that simple.

With most of the other grinders you can adjust from coarser to finer only during running. With this one it is even more complicated. You need to hold down the lever next to the hopper and simultaneously press the power switch. It can be tricky to perform this at first but it’s absolutely feasible with the right technique. So at bout middle setting we got a nice ground for pour over.

Turning down to the finest point we got a pretty fine ground appropriate for espresso. Not suitable for Turkish coffee though. The stepped adjustment is very useful for changing frequently the output and having consistent results. So if you go from coarser to finer and then you need to return exactly where you came from you don’t have to guess.

Cleaning is straightforward too. You just turn the hopper at zero position and remove the 3 flathead screws at its bottom. From there just unscrew the top burr and by means of a clean brush you can remove the coffee residue.

Verdict

Due to its doserless version it is more suitable for home use or a low volume environment, with potential for commercial use also. Very easy to use and ideal for a wide range of grounds from French press to espresso, but not for finer kinds. A great match for Rancilio Silvia coffee maker which stands at an equal quality level. Undoubtedly a clear winner in its price range.

9.1 Total Score

Build Quality
9
Speed
9
Silence
9
Consistency
9.5
PROS
  • Wide Fineness Range
  • Easy Cleaning
  • Robust
CONS
  • Tricky Coarser to Finer Adjustment

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