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Thread: Rancillio rocky grinders..

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    Rancillio rocky grinders..

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Are these grinders ok, decent quality, of good grind quality at all?

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    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.

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    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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Interesting. What mods Mal?
    Maybe mal is referring to a step-less mod?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawk87 View Post
    Maybe mal is referring to a step-less mod?
    Most likely along with the sweeper mod.


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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Most likely along with the sweeper mod.


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    Yep...

    Exactly JP...

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    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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    Burrs seem fine tbh, no discernable wear

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

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

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    Thanks a lot. Would a doserless or doser be better? What's the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukesal View Post
    Thanks a lot. Would a doserless or doser be better? What's the difference?
    Time for a little research on your part Luke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    PS seems most of the appliance type grinders are lucky to see their 3rd birthday.
    Geez, I must've lucked out then - my Sunbeam '450 is coming up to ten years without missing a beat, used daily for most of that time...

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    Rocky will do the job, although a Compak or Macap would be a better choice, like most grinders Rocky makes a reasonable amount of noise Pete, if you want quiet you'll probably have to go to a quality hand grinder.

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    I have a Rocky and it is a little noisy. Based on impressions of trying a couple of Compak and Macap models in a CS sponsor showroom a couple of weeks ago, I would say they were quieter than the Rocky. Not scientific of course

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    Rocky served me well for 10 years, only now looking into an upgrade. Very capable grinder previously but better options out there now

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    My Rocky hasn't missed a beat in 10 years but will soon be on the for sale thread only due to a double upgrade. I found the Rocky was at the end of its range grinding for my Expobar Minore and the Macap 4D was a much better match. The Rocky worked beautifully with a Silvia prior to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
    My Rocky hasn't missed a beat in 10 years but will soon be on the for sale thread only due to a double upgrade. I found the Rocky was at the end of its range grinding for my Expobar Minore and the Macap 4D was a much better match. The Rocky worked beautifully with a Silvia prior to that.
    Think I am in the exact same boat, except I had a Gaggia previously, gunna be a few Rockys for sale
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