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Thread: Rocket Fausto

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    Rocket Fausto

    After a quick search I couldn't find a discussion thread on the Rocket Fausto so I thought why not now given, the Rocket has landed........today!

    First impression was simply WOW!

    Lifting it out of the box needed a second grip, I knew it was an 11kg unit but it took me by surprise.

    It's strikingly beautiful and looks the business! Whilst this baby is targeted to the upper end of the domestic market I suspect it would certainly do well in a cafe environment.

    It hasn't yet seen a single bean, best to time these moments to coincide with mornings so will send an update later.

    My 9 year old and trusty EM480 will move on to greener pastures (passing it and the 6910 to a cousin in the hope he and his wife catch the bug).

    I know you can't compare a machine such as this with a dept store appliance like the EM480 but wow, what a difference.

    Some images are attached including some with the Fausta side by side with the old EM for size comparison.

    I'll send some pics when the Leva arrives next week!
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    Bet you're champing at the bit to give this beauty a try-out Richard...

    Will really look the part next to your new Leva...

    Mal.

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    Ah I no the feeling of new gear excitement, well done. Look forward to seeing and hearing about the Leva when it turns up!

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    Hi Mal, Logga

    I've had some time to play with it and I have to say it's just everything I thought it would be.

    Everything about it just sings. It grinds almost effortlessly, it's very quiet (as quiet as a grinder can be) and it's very fast but most of all very accurate. There's nothing else you need a good grinder to do.

    Looking forward to many years of hopefully issue free service.

    I would certainly recommend it to anyone in the market for a quality who can stretch the budget just that little bit further.

    Richard
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    That's cool Richard, nothing better than making coffee on gear you love to make it with.

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    Does anybody get 8 second grind time for a double? I'm finding i need about 13 seconds to get 20 grams out and a nice 50-60ml pour

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickm View Post
    Does anybody get 8 second grind time for a double? I'm finding i need about 13 seconds to get 20 grams out and a nice 50-60ml pour
    Wouldn't 20g be closer to a "triple"; 14g being double the traditional dose. I use ~21g in my triple basket.

    If so, sounds about right as (13s/20g)*14g = 9.1s
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardC View Post
    I've had some time to play with it and I have to say it's just everything I thought it would be.
    Great stuff Richard. I'm sure you will get many years of excellent service from your new Fausto...

    Happy brewing mate...
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    I've upgraded both my espresso machine (from a 9-year-old Giotto to a Profitec Pro 700) and grinder (from a Mazzer manual to a Fausto) in the past few weeks. I wanted a doserless grinder and had been considering the Mazzer electronic. I think I'm allowed to mention on the forum that I got advice from Renzo at DiBartoli (a CoffeeSnobs advertiser/sponsor) in Sydney. Renzo suggested the Fausto and took me through its specs. I also consulted Professor YouTube and found a nice Mazzer v Fausto review in which the Fausto was favoured by a smidgeon.

    I made my grinder purchase today after Renzo and I had a play on it in the shot. My first impressions are the same as previous comments here in terms of build quality, speed, accuracy and quietness. It's also beautiful on the bench. I went with black and I think it looks great with the Profitec. I had called my Mazzer 'Luigi' for years. I don't know what to name the Fausto!
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    Congrats on choosing the Fausto Scotty!

    I've been using mine for over a week and just love it, looking forward to many years of use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardC View Post
    Congrats on choosing the Fausto Scotty!

    I've been using mine for over a week and just love it, looking forward to many years of use.
    Thanks Richard; thanks also for posting the unboxing and on-bench photos. They are beautiful pieces of kit, aren't they? I also went with black.

    I'm really enjoying the adjustment dial; it's a lot easier to use than the collar on my previous Mazzer mini.

    Profitec, Fausto, now just to justify acquisition of a Hottop KN-8828B-2!
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    Thanks for the review and pics Richard. Looking at a new grinder and this one is on the list.

    Are owners of the Rocket still happy? Anything to report good or bad?

    Is the top of the funnel where the digital display removable for cleaning?

    I like this grinders adjustment, once you set it at a grind level is there any movement or is it rock solid?

    Cheers

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    Recently purchased a Fausto from a former sponsor and once I set the timer it has been faultless. I have mine set for 12 seconds for 20gms. It is much quieter that my MM and quick. The cover over the funnel is held on by 2 small screws which are easily removable to gain access. There is some grind retention but a short burst of about 2 seconds seems to clear the retained grinds. Only made one phone call on setting up as I had finger trouble setting the timer. Matter was resolved whilst talking to the seller. I have not noticed any clumping which I was getting with the MM in humid conditions. I am very happy with the purchase.
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    I've had exactly the same experience Stan. Guessing I purchased at the same place too. I cannot fault the grinder
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    Quite possible. I actually purchased it the same day he left as a sponsor. I forgot to mention that it takes up about the same space as a MM. I got the black version as she who must be obeyed decided she liked it. It took about 300gms to dial in which I thought was quite quick

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    The previous sponsor, its like we are referring to a recently departed favourite uncle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casa Espresso View Post
    The previous sponsor, its like we are referring to a recently departed favourite uncle
    He must have consumed 2muchcoffee.
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    Man you could be right
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    He certainly could Talk Coffee.

    Still can for that matter.

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    Glad we didn't mention him
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyF View Post
    I've upgraded both my espresso machine (from a 9-year-old Giotto to a Profitec Pro 700) and grinder (from a Mazzer manual to a Fausto) in the past few weeks. I wanted a doserless grinder and had been considering the Mazzer electronic. I think I'm allowed to mention on the forum that I got advice from Renzo at DiBartoli (a CoffeeSnobs advertiser/sponsor) in Sydney. Renzo suggested the Fausto and took me through its specs. I also consulted Professor YouTube and found a nice Mazzer v Fausto review in which the Fausto was favoured by a smidgeon.

    I made my grinder purchase today after Renzo and I had a play on it in the shot. My first impressions are the same as previous comments here in terms of build quality, speed, accuracy and quietness. It's also beautiful on the bench. I went with black and I think it looks great with the Profitec. I had called my Mazzer 'Luigi' for years. I don't know what to name the Fausto!

    Um, you name him Fausto - it is an Italian masculine name anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kettles View Post
    Um, you name him Fausto - it is an Italian masculine name anyway!
    Well depends if it is a boy or a girl grinder. Generally speaking I refer to my equipment in the feminine. In which case her name should end with an a not an o

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    Of course. Like cars and motorbikes, a feminine name is preferable. Fausta just doesn't quite sound sexy enough. Interestingly, my newly acquired red Vulcan Nomad touring cruiser bike was just named (appropriately) by a friend just this evening. Red Sonja she is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kettles View Post
    Of course. Like cars and motorbikes, a feminine name is preferable. Fausta just doesn't quite sound sexy enough. Interestingly, my newly acquired red Vulcan Nomad touring cruiser bike was just named (appropriately) by a friend just this evening. Red Sonja she is.
    What about Faustina?
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    Faustina's nice! I like it!
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    I have noticed a significant reduction in fines in the bottom of the cup after switching from the MM to the Fausto. Not scientific but definitely shows the benefits of upgrading

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    RichardC you have had your grinder for a while now. I hope it's settled in nicely. Are you still happy with the grind and timer? Have you had any issues with cleaning or service? I like the machine and I'm told you save a lot in dosing given there's no left overs.

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    Sorry xray, I've been off the scene for a while and you may have already taken the plunge.

    In any case this like many other grinders in its class on the market is superb, it simply does what it's supposed to which is grind on demand.

    I love the funnel as you know each and every grind is as fresh as can be. I have not experienced any clumping as there is nothing for grinds to cling on to once they're ground, just straight down the chute and into the basket!

    Every now and then I use a cheap bottle brush, (I bent the handle to 45 deg angle) and and give the funnel a bit of an internal "once over", a few grinds may cling on to residual oil but nothing worthy of concern, you could count the grinds on the bench once they've fallen.

    My one and only negative comment to make (apart from the virtually useless manual) relates to the grind setting dial. The dial itself is perfect with very clear and concise incremental numbering but they failed to include a starting point on the grinder itself, ie there is no "notch" or "arrow" or anything for the dial to make any sense. I did find what looks to be a slight imperfection in the alloy casing very close to the dial which I use as my starting point. It could be this imperfection is that notch but you really have to get close and look hard (take glasses off and get eye very close to the casing close) maybe the production line failed to stamp the notch in, who knows!

    Enough of that.

    Just checked the counter and it produced over 1800 trouble free shots.

    If the budget can stretch, I would thoroughly recommend the Fausto in any domestic (or commercial) setting.
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    Have owned one for two weeks now. All I can say is it's everything I thought it would be!
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    As have I. Read all the posts here before I did. Huge upgrade from my batarza preciso.

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    The dial is very easy to use. The slightest adjustment and you can really notice the change. Especially how Sydney weather has been recently.
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    My Rocket Fausto arrived this week from CoffeeParts, Chrome version and it looks amazing !

    Initial Impressions:

    I had a first play with it yesterday and used around 400g of beans to get it dialed in for single and double shots. I enjoyed some great coffee along the way too

    The stepless grind adjustment wheel is one of my favourite features of the grinder as it is so solid and precise in its use.

    I haven't noticed any residual grinds in the funnel/chute at all but it is early days. The grinds are nice and even with no clumping.

    Like others, I have it set at 12.5sec to provide an 18g double dose which is longer than the advertised 8secs for double dose so maybe the 8secs was based on 14g double shot weight? The grind speed might get a little faster as the burrs settle in.

    Nice and quiet which is nice and I love the way that portafilter holder sits in the attached cradle, a la 'Mazzer' style which is nice. It looks like Rocket have adopted the very favourable aspects of the Mini and then created the Fausto with a few further improvements/refinements around the very solid workings from Eureka. The Fausto is actually made by Eureka for Rocket (really a Zenith 65e in designer clothes), the Fausto is beautifully made, functions well and is beautiful to look at, and as we all know the Eureka grinders are excellent, and the Rocket branding something else again!

    The LED display is nice and straight forward to use, easy to switch between single/double shots, and the ability to pause/resume and also manually top up is handy. The timer is precise in 0.10sec intervals.

    The hopper is really great, has a silicone seal at the base and the lid is has a nice tight seal so keeping your beans as air free as reasonably possible. I think the hopper holds around 600g of beans which means it fits alongside most machines, and underneath overhead kitchen cupboards very neatly.

    The chrome plating of the aluminium body is superb, and it is a weighty little beast too, and just oozes quality (see note on tray below)

    What Rocket need to improve: Not much, but.....
    The new style grinds tray looks nice but is sharp around the base edges. This could easily scratch your benchtop. I put 50cents worth of thin adhesive felt pads under it, but IMHO Rocket should have already done this, after all it is a $1400 grinder!

    The adjustment of the portafilter cradle is by x2 hex bolts. Rocket could have included a hex wrench for less than a $1.

    Am I happy with my purchase? Hell Yeah!
    The purchase from CoffeeParts was a dream, they were very friendly to deal with, and they sharpened their pencil a little to get me a great deal (big shout out here for CoffeeParts). Delivery was within a few days too.

    The grinder really looks the business and is the perfect partner to my Giotto Evoluzione, and is a delight to use.

    I considered the slightly cheaper Mazzer Mini E, which undoubtedly is a good grinder, and also the Eureka Zenith 65e (also cheaper) but for me the Fausto's had a few features I liked over the above mentioned grinders, and made it worth the additional $$$.

    I am enjoying the new toy!
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    Depending on the bean I have been as low as 12.3sec to 14seconds for 22gms. I have been using the Fausto for 9 months it is quiet and the grind is fluffy and no clumping even in humid conditions. My tray had no sharp edges. I previously used a Mazzer Mini with a hopper. The Fausto was a huge improvement in time and reduction in noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post
    Depending on the bean I have been as low as 12.3sec to 14seconds for 22gms. I have been using the Fausto for 9 months it is quiet and the grind is fluffy and no clumping even in humid conditions. My tray had no sharp edges. I previously used a Mazzer Mini with a hopper. The Fausto was a huge improvement in time and reduction in noise.
    Glad to hear your tray is good....they have changed it from the original round plate tray (see RichardC's post at top of thread) that sat under the front feet (I quite like the simple and understated approach to this tray) to one with a few ridges and a rocket logo which positions in front of, rather than under the front feet (as pictured here) and which for me is a little over the top in terms of branding etc. The edges on this new style were sharp (and a little dirty) and the tray either needed pads or a quick rub with wet/dry.

    I agree that the grind is fluffy and the machine quiet, its quite a classy piece of kit !
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    I have the old style tray without the logo .

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