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  • Rancillio rocky grinders..

    Are these grinders ok, decent quality, of good grind quality at all?

  • #2
    The Rocky is built to a much higher standard than a Sunbeam or other similar appliance type grinder, in my opinion...

    With a couple of very simple, completely reversible mod's, the Rocky can be encouraged to perform at a level that is much closer to any decent commercial grinder, albeit grinding at a much slower pace.

    Mal.

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    • #3
      For the price of the rocky you could probably get a k3 which has bigger burrs, looks to be more durable too. The rocky was the "minimum" for a decent grinder a few years ago but then it swayed towards the k3 and more recently m2m seems to be in flavour. Unless the rocky is no cheaper than it used to be? Its certainly a few levels up in construction quality/materials from a sunbeam/smart grinder (ie not plasticky).

      Cheers

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      • #4
        Originally posted by K_Bean_Coffee
        Interesting. What mods Mal?
        Maybe mal is referring to a step-less mod?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hawk87 View Post
          Maybe mal is referring to a step-less mod?
          Most likely along with the sweeper mod.


          Java "Brush what?" phile
          Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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          • #6
            The Rocky has certainly been surpassed by newer and more advanced machines, however feel I must say a few words in defense of this great little grinder.

            I owned a Rocky for almost 10 years, used it daily, and went through 4 sets of burrs, it ground consistently, was not subject to clumping and never missed a beat, they were a great little machine.

            I sold it to a young bloke about 6 years ago and its still grinding coffee to this day.

            Yep, I have a soft spot for the Rancilio Rocky.

            PS seems most of the appliance type grinders are lucky to see their 3rd birthday.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Yelta View Post
              The Rocky has certainly been surpassed by newer and more advanced machines, however feel I must say a few words in defense of this great little grinder.

              I owned a Rocky for almost 10 years, used it daily, and went through 4 sets of burrs, it ground consistently, was not subject to clumping and never missed a beat, they were a great little machine.

              I sold it to a young bloke about 6 years ago and its still grinding coffee to this day.

              Yep, I have a soft spot for the Rancilio Rocky.

              PS seems most of the appliance type grinders are lucky to see their 3rd birthday.
              Does this mean Yelta that you upgraded to the mini from the rocky?? Did you see a noticeable improvement in the coffee?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hawk87 View Post
                Does this mean Yelta that you upgraded to the mini from the rocky?? Did you see a noticeable improvement in the coffee?
                Morning Hawk, correct, Rocky then Mazzer, "noticeable improvement" bearing in mind its been about 6 years, as I said the Rocky was a very capable little grinder, some improvement, certainly, not vast, and even then perhaps more in the mind than actual.

                Without doing a side by side comparison its difficult to say.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by K_Bean_Coffee
                  I moved from Sunbean EM0480 to Compak K3 touch.
                  I always thought of the Rocky as a "slightly better than Sunbeam" grinder.
                  Yelta, you have changed my view on it now. 10 years is very impressive.
                  Light years apart Paul.

                  Make that 16 years and still soldiering on.
                  Never did the stepless mod on mine, found the adjustment increments fine enough for my requirements, however did the sweeper mod, quite an improvement.

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                  • #10
                    Sweeper mod really helped mine - reduced grind retention heaps. I removed my step-less mod when I changed burrs over, haven't gone back to step-less and haven't noted massive issues.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Javaphile View Post
                      Most likely along with the sweeper mod.


                      Java "Brush what?" phile
                      Yep...

                      Exactly JP...

                      Mal.

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                      • #12
                        I've had a doserless for I can't remember how many years, on average, haven't use it that much, went off my Gaggia Classic for a while and didn't use it at all. But I don't think that the grinder was limiting my coffee outcomes. Late last year, bought a Minore III so have a bit more focus on the grinder. Cleaned and calibrated a couple of weeks ago, seems to grind ok for a good espresso shot but almost struggles to get it fine enough, effectively on a setting of 1. Clumps a bit. But it has been good over the years.

                        I feel that its not limiting me too much. Even our local CS sponsor supports the Rocky in terms of it not making much difference vs say Macap M2M or Compak K3 Push/Touch. Its a solid unit, 7kg vs 4kg for the M2M and not much more for the Compak. Lots of talk about others being better, but not a lot of hard data. Having said that, am considering a Macap M4D, but am also interested in seeing how the Baratza Sette stacks up when it comes out soon. Its the gadget freak in me coming out I think.

                        Edit: now looking at my CS join date, I must have had the doserless for about eight years!

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                        • #13
                          Burrs seem fine tbh, no discernable wear

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                          • #14
                            So just in summary, would the rocky be ok say with a vibiemme domobar junior?

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                            • #15
                              Yes, it definitely will be Ok providing you use freshly roasted, high quality beans and your preparation technique is up to scratch...

                              Mal.

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