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Thread: Living with Presso: ongoing review

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    Got my rok today :-) . Looking forward to opening her up and learning the art of pulling a nice espresso . Something about manual coffee making is appealing . Thanks heaps to stove boy and everyone else of this post that has convinced me this is a great machine and given me some prompts to get me started .
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    so I only got to use my rok twice before going back up to work , but given it a really good run this week and starting to make some really nice coffees , practice makes perfect they say haha . Only complaint so far is the plastic on my handle seems to be cracked already making it wobbly and I have used it less than a dozen times. Bugger ...

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    Well I've had my presso for near enough to a year now. I used it a few times early on with not very good results. Then my Pavoni arrived and I devoted all my time to that, soon enough getting good results.
    Presso has sat in the cupboard with me wondering how I would ever make good coffee on it using a porlex grinder, having only got fairly average results using the reliable Isomac.....

    on Tuesday we went away camping with presso, porlex, stove. The end of the story is that my coffee was preferable to the local places and just actually, well... You know.... good.

    but the moral of the story is that using the Pavoni has taught me a lot about what it takes to pull a good shot. Practise does make "perfect", but my experience was that the Pavoni , with its relatively few variables, fast tracked my ability on the presso.

    Temp stability is of course the big problem with both machines, and its particularly difficult to keep presso hot for long on a chilly mountain morning.

    but hey, there's nothing like having a good coffee in beautiful surroundings.

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    I'm making great coffee with my presso, the key is pre heating and slightly over filling, and decent beans of course.

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    I had to comment after using my Presso this week after a long time. While I liked my presso I have never really like its' poor durability. Things seems to break. From metal components to plastic.

    The worst failure I had was the threads in the main body holding the Bayonet Ring bolts fail from corrosion. I thought that was terminal initially, but I put some engineering knowledge at the problem. In aluminium why would I want small bolts? So I repaired by upsizing the bolts and used stainless steel Helicoils. To limit further corrosion I used food grade sealant to seal the threads and general exposed aluminium where the shower screen fits. This also helps to limit galvanic corrosion from occurring in a wet environment.

    I love how "reasonably" portable and lightweight the machine is. Basically you can fit it in a shopping bag. This is my backup machine for work if Combi playing up or I am off site. The machine can make good coffee, but consistency is so so. I use the machine with a hand grinder and damn is difficult to want to throw away a bad shot knowing pain of regrinding. Not needing electricity helps if your camping.

    I still have fond memories of my Presso. Apart from Mocha Pots; it was my first “espresso machine”. I wish there was more engineering thought in the design to make it more durable. It is a beautiful looking machine. I sincerely hope that the ROK design alleviates the Presso’s issues.
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    I just ordered a rok as my wife told me I could buy an espresso machine up to a certain price point for Christmas (yes, that was months ago). I have $70 left to spend, does anyone want to recommend me a grinder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brisboy View Post
    I have $70 left to spend, does anyone want to recommend me a grinder?
    At that point the only new one I can recommend from personal use is a Hario Skerton. There are other hand grinders for around the same price, but I have not used any of them.
    The other alternative is a second-hand Sunbeam EM0480 off gumtree or fleabay.

    I have an old grinder that might (or might not) grind fine enough for a ROK. I have been meaning to put on "Pay it Forward", as a freebie. If you are interested and prepared to pick it up from the South Logan area, send me a PM.

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    That's an awesome offer but I live 6.5 hours west of Brissy (confusing username, sorry) so that won't really work. Will have to look into the hario. Thanks for the recommendation.
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    My rok arrived yesterday. Oh my, what tasty coffee! My blade grinder definitely won't cut it though, so have ordered a hario.
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    Hario Skerton arrived today. Have yet to decide whether I like it or not.

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    Question for you all. Should I be able to remove the basket from the portafilter? Can't seem to do so easily so haven't forced the issue.

    Edit: Gee that was a stupid question! Just went to have about look. Put fingernails under the edge, lifted, Bob's your uncle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brisboy View Post
    Question for you all. Should I be able to remove the basket from the portafilter? Can't seem to do so easily so haven't forced the issue.

    Edit: Gee that was a stupid question! Just went to have about look. Put fingernails under the edge, lifted, Bob's your uncle.
    It's tricky to get out, hey? I slide a thin butter knife under mine. It'll get easier to remove with age.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Yes I noticed there's a little wire spring in the portafilter which is a good idea if you're transporting it or something. And I guess you have less chance of losing the basket in your knock box.

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