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The Rocky does an excellent job at a wide range of grinds (from coarse French Press to drip to vacuum brewer). That said, it truly excels with the finer espresso and Turkish grind - where the evenness and grind quality is key. The Rocky allows adjustment for 55 different levels of grind, allowing you to "dial in" the exact grind for your particular machine. The commercial-grade burrs within are beefy, solid, and are designed to grind slowly - which prevents overheating in both the grinder and the beans (thus enhancing the final quality and flavor of your espresso).
Weighing in at 17 pounds (the motor alone accounting for 11.5 pounds), the Rocky is as solid as they come. And the attractive brushed stainless-steel housing adds durability and class. These machines are hand crafted in Italy and the precision of the welds and nearly every other aspect in the construction attests the attention Rancilio puts into their products. The 1-year warranty alone is proof that they stand behind their craftsmanship and the name "Rancilio" speaks for itself.
The bottom line is that the Rocky is a top-quality machine for top-quality coffee. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
The "Doserless" Model:
The Rocky comes standard with or without a "doser". This doserless model comes with a stainless bar just below the chute - and acts as a stand for your portafilter (or any container into which you want to grind your coffee, for that matter). As handy as it is, it is also easily removable allowing you to grind directly into something larger, like a brew basket. The doserless model has the added benefit of being easier to clean as there are less parts to disassemble.
*A doser is a device that attaches to the grinder chute and allows you to "click" specific amounts of ground coffee into your portafilter (or anything else for that matter).
Detailed Product Features from Rancilio
Commercial Quality Grinding Burrs
There's no mistaking the 50mm grinding wheels for anything but professional quality. Made of hardened, tempered steel and engineered in a precision cutting tooth design, the Rocky has both perfected a uniform, consistent grind as well as ensured long wear. Should you eventually need to replace them, they're simple to remove.
Convenient Direct Dosing System
Unlike the original Rancilio Rocky Doser Grinder, this "doserless" model allows you to dispense fresh ground coffee directly into your filter basket (in your espresso machine portafilter), as well as a filter basket for a drip coffee maker. This design makes the Doserless Rocky Grinder an excellent general purpose coffee grinder because you are not limited by a dosing hopper. Simply put, you can grind your coffee beans and dispense the grounds directly into any container you wish.
Coffee Bean Hopper
The Rocky has a modest sized bean hopper to allow it to fit under most kitchen cabinets. This 10-oz hopper is made of light blue tented, molded plastic.
55 Different Grind Settings
Finding the grind setting you want is easy with the grinding dial. The ultra-fine threading allows you to go beyond the last setting up to 55 different grinds and all the places in between. With that amount of versatility, you can happily grind for espresso with precision, and you can also grind for drip, Turkish or French press coffee brewing.
Quiet, Powerful and Safe
The motor on the Rocky was developed for the commercial environment where power and noise reduction was a must. No other motor can compete with the Rancilio whisper soft operation and torque for grinding coffee beans. The motor is directly connected to the cutting wheels for direct drive power. In fact, most of the weight in the Rocky is from the motor itself, which weighs in at a hefty 11.5 pounds! Expect years of trouble free use with the Rocky in your home.
As an extra pre-caution, the Rocky features a great safety device. Should the grinding mechanism jam or become overheated, a thermal protection devise shuts it down to prevent damage to the motor or the grinding mechanisms.
Colors: Brushed stainless steel and black
Power: 166 watts - 120 volts
Size: 4.5"W x 9.5"D x 13.75"H
Weight: 17 pounds
Body Material: Brushed stainless steel and plastic
Warranty: 12-month parts and labor
Support: Unlimited toll free technical support