Q&A Blog

How Much Does It Matter That the Rocket Appartamento Doesn't Have a PID?

11th Oct 2017

Is it a significant issue that the Rocket Appartamento does not have a PID for temperature control?The Rocket Appartamento is a heat exchanger espresso machine. Due to the way a heat exchanger is designed the PID does not have as much benefit as if it were on a double boiler or a single boiler. The PID on a heat exchanger machine is similar to having a pressure stat. It controls the temperature of the boiler which, on a heat exchanger, the boiler is kept at steam temperature. So when you're adju
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Is it OK to Leave the Rocket Appartamento on All the Time?

11th Oct 2017

Do you recommend leaving the Rocket Appartamento on 24 hours a day?A lot of people do. I usually recommend turning the machine on in the morning and turning it off at night just to reduce the amount of exposure the internal components have to heat over the number of years that it's in operation. People that leave the machine on 24/7 don't seem to have many additional issues by doing so, but I think it's a wise move to turn them off at the end of each day. One thing that you can do is get a
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How Long Does it Take for the Rocket Appartamento to Warm Up After Start Up?

11th Oct 2017

How long does it take for the machine to be ready for use after first turning it on?For a machine like the Rocket Appartamento or any other similar prosumer grade machine you generally want to leave the machine on for 25 to 30 minutes to stabilize the temperature. You can use it earlier than that but you're going to get the best results at around 25 to 30 minutes and for optimal temperature it's going to be at around 40 minutes. There is a lot of metal in an espresso machine like the Rocket Appa
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How Reliable is the Rocket Appartamento?

11th Oct 2017

How reliable is the Rocket Appartamento?Rocket espresso machines in general are quite reliable. They tend to work very well and we hardly have any warranty related issues with Rocket espresso machines.Usually any issues that do occur, happen immediately after a customer receiving the machine and those are usually related to shipping. Sometimes during shipping the machines get jostled around. They go on miles and miles of conveyor belts and go from truck to truck and sometimes the shipping compan
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Comparison of the Rocket Appartamento vs Rocket Evoluzione R Espresso Machines

10th Oct 2017

What is the difference between the Rocket Appartamento and the Rocket Evoluzione R? The main differences between the two are:The Rocket Evoluzione R is a direct connect machine and it can also be used with the water tank only so it is a switchable machine. The Rocket Appartamento is a tank only machine and cannot be connected to a water line. The Rocket Appartamento has a vibratory pump versus the Rocket Evoluzione R which is a rotary pump machine. The rotary pump allows the machine to be direct
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How to Tamp Coffee for Making Espresso - Do's and Don'ts

27th Sep 2017

Video TranscriptHow to Tamp CorrectlyAfter your portafilter has been on your machine long enough to be nice and hot, take the portafilter off the machine and make sure your filter basket is clean and dry. Grind coffee into the portafilter and fill so that the coffee grounds are mounded somewhat above the edge of a filter basket.Level the coffee with the top of the filter basket by gently smoothing the mounded area, into the low spots around the edge of the basket. Wipe off any excess that is
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Caedo E37S vs Compak E8 Grinder Comparison

1st Aug 2017

Both grinders have 83mm flat burrsAt 730 watts, the motor output of the Compak E8 is 330 watts more than the motor output of the Caedo E37s 400 watts.The Compak E8 a blade speed of 1325 RPM vs the Ceado E37S which has a blade speed of 1400. Lower is considered better.The Ceado E37S has a steady lock quick adjustment system that makes it easier to dial in the grinder when compared to similar grinders with micrometrical grind adjustment, like the Compak E8 grinder.On the Ceado E37S, accessing the
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Difference Between GEN3 and GEN4 Wilbur Curtis Twin Airpot Brewers

13th Jul 2017

To keep the answer as simple as possible, the main reason for GEN4 is the touchscreen, icon driven options and multiple brew recipes/ names/brew sizes that can be assigned to different coffees. This is for the more discerning type customer or one that wants those options in the future. Once recipes are programmed, they can be saved to a USB and then downloaded to other GEN4 brewers if needed.Also, the brew basket is larger (12.5” x 4” filter) and is more targeted for customers looking to brew
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Quick Mill QM67 Evo vs Expobar Brewtus IV (Vibratory) Espresso Machine Comparison

10th May 2017

The Quick Mill QM67 Evo is frequently compared to the Expobar Brewtus IV with vibratory pump. The following is a comparison of the main features.Best UseBoth machines are best suited for home use and are not intended for commercial use of any sort. They would work for a small office, but not more than a few daily users.ApprovalsNeither machine has any commercial use safety approval ratings.AutomationBoth machines are semi automatic. BoilerThe QM67 Evo has two copper boilers. Steam Boiler (1
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Baratza Grinder Comparison: Encore, Virtuoso, Sette 270, Sette 270 W, Vario, Vario W, Forte AP and Forte BG

10th May 2017

We are often asked about how the Baratza grinders compare to each other. The home user level grinders are the Encore, Virtuoso, Sette 270, and Sette 270 W. Prosumer models are usually considered the Sette 270, Sette 270 W, Vario and Vario W. The Forte AP and Forte BG are the commercial grinders, although they are often used by prosumers as well.+ = Good, ++ = Very Good, +++ = ExcellentBaratza EncoreThe Encore is a good basic entry level grinder. It’s an all purpose grinder, that can grind for a
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Espresso Machine Tamper Size Recommendations

3rd May 2017

The following tamper sizes are for reference, but we don't quarantee them as manufacturers change things without notice and there are numerous machines on the market, so it's hard to be specific about every one. Suggested Tamper Size Machine Brand Home/Commercial 49 Delonghi (Old models) Home 49 La Pavoni Lever (Pre-mel) Home 49 Cremina Home 49
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Rocket Espresso Machine Comparisons

2nd May 2017

Someone asked for a basic comparison between the Rocket espresso machine line up. The following is a comparison of the main differences. There are other small differences between them, but this is an good overview comparison of the most important feature differences.Appartamento - good heat exchange machine. It doesn't have a PID and the boiler isn't insulated (insulation provides temperature consistency that is highly important to making the best flavored espresso). Has a vibratory pump and can
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Best Coffee One Liners / Quotes

1st May 2017

A day without coffee is like... Just kidding. I have no idea.Coffee. Because adulting is hard.I love it when the coffee kicks in and I realize what an adorable badass I'm going to be today.I like big cups and I cannot lieCoffee helps me maintain my "never killed anyone" streak.Ways to win my heart: 1. Buy me coffee 2. Make me coffee 3. Be coffeeAll things are possible with coffee and mascaraToday's good mood is sponsored by coffeeCoffee makes everything okayerMay your coffee be to strong and y
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Recommended Coffee Shop Equipment List

4th Apr 2017

Below is a list of recommended equipment for an average sized coffee shop. If you have a larger shop, you may need additional quantities. 1x Commercial espresso machine1x Regular espresso grinder1x Decaf espresso grinder1x Brew / Drip / French Press grinder1x Bagged coffee grinder2x Tampers2x Steaming thermometers1x Electronic scale1x Large knockbox2x 12oz pitchers2x 20oz pitchers2x Measuring spoons6x Syrup pumps3x Kitchen timers18x Latte cups18x Cappucino cups2x Espresso equipment cleaning pow
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Compak E5 Grinder vs Mazzer Mini Electronic Type A Grinder

8th Feb 2017

Here is a comparison between the Compak E5 Grinder and the Mazzer Mini Electronic Type A Grinder.Owners Personal PreferenceCompak E5 due to the larger motor, cooler grinding and reduced height. Grind AdjustmentBoth grinders have stepless micrometrical grind adjustment. Number of Grind SettingsBoth grinders are stepless, so they have an infinite number of grind settings.Programmable DosingBoth grinders have programmable dosing. The Mazzer Mini dosing levels can be adjusted between 4 – 16 gra
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La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II vs Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machines

7th Feb 2017

Here is a comparison between the La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II Espresso Machine and the Breville BES920XL Double Boiler Espresso Machine:> Steam wand – The steam wand on the Mini Vivaldi is a traditional stainless steel steam wand. The BES920XL has a traditional steam wand with a 3 hole tip. Comparing the Mini Vivaldi and the BES920XL’s steaming performance, the Mini Vivaldi provides stronger, drier steam that makes better microfoam. > 3 way solenoid valve – The Mini Vivaldi has a 3 way
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Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo vs Quick Mill QM67 Evo Espresso Machines

3rd Feb 2017

Below is a comparison between the  Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo and the Quick Mill QM67 Evo:Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo Photo:Quick Mill QM67 Evo Photo: Identification Model Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo Quick Mill QM67 Evo Manufacturer Quick Mill Quick Mill Best Use Office \ Home Office / Home Engineering Approvals     Automation EE \ Semi-Automatic EE \ Semi-Automatic Boiler Single insulated copper heat
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Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo vs Rocket Cellini (or Giotto) Premium Plus with PID Espresso Machines

3rd Feb 2017

Below is a comparison between the  Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo and the Rocket Cellini Premium Plus with PID or the Rocket Giotto Premium Plus with PID: Identification Model Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo Rocket Cellini (or Giotto) Premium Plus with PID Manufacturer Quick Mill Rocket Espresso  Best Use Office \ Home Office / Home Engineering Approvals     Automation EE \ Semi-Automatic EE \ Semi-Automatic
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Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo vs Quick Mill Anita Evo Espresso Machines

3rd Feb 2017

Below is a comparison between the Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo and the Quick Mill Anita Evo: Identification Model Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo Quick Mill Anita Evo Manufacturer Quick Mill Quick Mill Best Use Office \ Home Office / Home Engineering Approvals     Automation EE \ Semi-Automatic EE \ Semi-Automatic Boiler Single insulated copper heat exchange boiler with T.E.A coating (1.6 liter). Brew coffee and s
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Quick Mill Alexia Evo vs Quick Mill Silvano Evo Espresso Machines

3rd Feb 2017

Here is a comparison between the Quick Mill Alexia Evo and the Quick Mill Silvano Evo:  Identification Model Alexia Evo Silvano Evo Manufacturer Quick Mill  Quick Mill Best Use Office / Home  Home Engineering Approvals     Automation EE \ Semi-Automatic  EE \ Semi-Automatic Boiler Single insulated boiler with T.E.A coating (0.75 liter)  Hybrid boiler (0.4 liter) Brass with T.E.A coating, a
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Quick Mill Alexia Evo vs Quick Mill Anita Evo Espresso Machines

3rd Feb 2017

Below is a comparison of the Quick Mill Alexia Evo and the Quick Mill Anita Evo espresso machines: Identification Model Alexia Evo Anita Evo Manufacturer Quick Mill  Quick Mill Best Use Office / Home  Office / Home Engineering Approvals     Automation EE \ Semi-Automatic  EE \ Semi-Automatic Boiler Single insulated boiler with T.E.A coating (0.75 liter)  Single insulated copper heat exchange bo
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ECM Germany Classika vs Bezzera Unica vs Quick Mill Alexia Evo Espresso Machines

28th Jan 2017

All three have PIDsAll three are single boilers, so there will be wait time between brewing and steaming. All three are e61 group machinesThe Unica and Classika have coated steel frames, the Alexia Evo has stainless steel.The Alexia and Unica have a three liter water tank. The Classika is a little smaller at 2.8 liters.The Alexia has a 1400 watt heating element, the Unica 1300, and the Classika 1200. More watts mean faster warm up time and better recovery time.The
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Izzo Alex Leva vs Izzo Pompei vs Quick Mill Achille Lever Espresso Machine Comparisons

16th Jan 2017

Below is a comparison between the main features of these three machines. > Cup warmer – the Quick Mill Achille has a stainless steel cup warmer. The Izzo Alex Leva has a double decker stainless steel cup warming tray (can be replaced with a smaller, lower cup warming tray). The Pompei has a stainless steel cup warming tray.> Steam/Hot Water Wands – the Quick Mill Achille has no burn wands. The Alex Leva has no burn wands also. The Pompei has traditional steam and hot water wands.
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La Cimbali Junior Casa DT 1 vs Rocket R60v Pressure Profile Espresso Machines

28th Nov 2016

> The Cimbali Junior Casa is a heat exchanger vs the Rocket R60v which is a double boiler. With the Cimbali Junior Casa DT 1, you have to learn the heat exchange flush and you have to guestimate at the extraction temperature. With the R60v you have a PID temperature controller on each boiler, so you have better, more precise controller over both the extraction and steaming temperature.> The Rocket R60v has insulated stainless steel boilers that are less susceptible to scale build up. The C
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Quick Mill Anita Evo vs Rocket Appartamento Espresso Machines

23rd Nov 2016

Here is a comparison of the main feature similarities/differences between the Quick Mill Anita Evo and the Rocket Appartamento:> The Anita has a 1.6 liter boiler and the Appartamento has a 1.8 liter boiler. The Anita has a copper boiler, while the Appartamento has a copper boiler with brass end plates. The larger boiler on the Appartamento will reduce recovery time and will provide for longer usage, such as during steaming. The brass end plates are said to provide longer thermal stability by
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Izzo Alex Duetto 4 vs ECM Synchronika Espresso Machines

14th Nov 2016

Comparing the Izzo Alex Duetto 4 to the ECM Synchronika Espresso Machine, here are the following differences: The ECM has stainless steel boilers. With the Izzo there is a stainless steel boiler version and a copper boiler version. The stainless steel boiler version has an additional cost over the copper boiler version. Stainless steel does not retain heat as well as copper, but it’s less susceptible to limescale build up. Both machines have insulated boilers. On the Izzo, both bo
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Izzo Pompei 1 Group vs Quick Mill Achille - Lever Espresso Machines

24th Oct 2016

Here are the main differences between these two machines: The Pompei has a larger boiler - 5 liter vs 4.5 litter on the Achille.The Achille is plumbed or reservoir, while the Pompei is plumbed only.The Achille is a spring lever, while the Pompei is a mechanical leverThe Achille has a rotary pump to fill the boiler, while the Pompei has no pump and only a thermosyphon to fill the steam boiler.The Achille has no burn steam and hot water wands, while the Pompei has traditional wands.The Pompei is
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How easy is it to use an espresso machine first thing in the morning?

19th Jul 2016

I had a customer ask the question, "How easy is it to use an espresso machine first thing in the morning?"Using the machine in the morning is no different than using it any other time of the day, but there is the issue of warm up time. Espresso machines take awhile to warm up. Depending on the machine the warm up time can range from a few minutes to 45 minutes for optimal performance. In general, the higher quality the machine, the longer it takes to warm up due to the increased amount of metal
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What espresso machine is good for small apartments with no counter space?

19th Jul 2016

It depends on the type of machine you are looking for. If you are considering a super automatic espresso machine, the Gaggia Anima machines are pretty narrow (8.7 inches), but are rather deep (17 inches). Manual lever machines like the La Pavoni Europiccola, La Pavoni Professional and Elektra Micro Casa Lever are quite compact and can be pretty easily stored away if they counter space is needed. If you are considering a semiautomatc, Gaggia Classic, Ascaso Dream UP and Rancilio Silvia
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How do I select the best beans for my espresso machine?

19th Jul 2016

Start with finding a source of fresh beans and a local one if possible. I always try to encourage people to find a local roaster that they can walk into and talk to the owner(s), barista(s), and roaster(s). They will be able to tell you about the beans, how old they are, the roast level, the flavor profiles, and they brew it, etc. There are good online sources, but I think local is better and usually fresher. Single source beans will give you more defined flavor than blends. Blends can be g
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What does NSF certified mean?

19th Jul 2016

NSF is the name of an organization that was formally known as National Sanitation Foundation. This is how the NSF describes themselves on their website:Choosing a product certified by NSF lets you know the company complies with strict standards and procedures imposed by NSF. From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, every aspect of a product's development is thoroughly evaluated before it can earn our certification.Most importantly, NSF certification
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Why is it taking so long to get the Barratza Sette in?

19th Jul 2016

From what we've been told, they are waiting for it to go through the NSF safety approval process. They can't run it through production until they get the approval rating process completed. - Joe

La Marzocco Linea Mini vs Vesuvius Espresso Machine Comparison

2nd Jul 2016

Here is a comparison of the main feature differences between the La Marzocco Linea Mini and the Vesuvius Espresso Machine. Full for disclosure, I, Joe Kolb (Owner), have the Vesuvius as my main personal home machine. Both machines have stainless steel insulated steam and brew boilersBoth are 15 amp onlyThe Vesuvius has a built in programmable timer that allows you to set the on and off time for each day of the week. The Linea Mini does not have this option. The Vesuvius has all stainless
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Rocket R58 v2 vs Profitec Pro 700 Espresso Machine Comparison

22nd Jun 2016

Both are dual boiler with PIDBoth have rotary pumpsBoth have E61 brew groupsBoth the Rocket R58 and the Profitec Pro 700 have settings on the PID that allow you to turn off the steam boiler if so desired.The Profitec Pro 700 uses water line pressure so you can pre-infusion when direct connected. To preinfuse, you lift the brew lever up part way to preinfuse, the lift it all the way to brew. On the Rocket R58, a solenoid valve controls the water line pressure and has a specially designed brew g
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Comparison of Izzo Alex Duetto 4 and Quick Mill Vetrano 2B Evo Espresso Machines

2nd Jun 2016

Comparison between Izzo Alex Duetto 4 and Quick Mill Vetrano 2B Evo Espresso Machines:> Both machines have high quality stainless steel construction. The Duetto 4 has curved body styling, the Vetrano has a more traditional rectangular design.> Both machines have water reservoirs with electronic low water sensors vs the mechanical water level designs some machines have. The mechanical designs tend to be noisier vs the electronic designs.> Both machines are switchable between 15 a
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Izzo Alex Duetto 3 vs. ECM Germany Technika Profi IV Espesso Machine Comparison

2nd Jun 2016

Comparison between Izzo Alex Duetto 3 and ECM Germany Technika Profi IV Espresso Machines:> The biggest, most important difference between the Alex Duetto 3 and the ECM Germany Technika Profi IV is the boiler configuration. The Alex Duetto 3 is a double boiler, while the Technika Profi is a heat exchanger. With the Alex Duetto 3 you can control the brewing and steaming temperature separately through a PID. With the Technika Profi IV, you have to learn how to do what is known as a heat exchang
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1 Group Comparison - Rocket Boxer vs Appia II vs La Spaziale S2 vs La Pavoni PUB Espresso Machines

1st Jun 2016

How does the Rocket Boxer 1 Group Compare to Similar Espresso Machines in it's Class?Features of the Rocket Boxer 1 Group: Thermosiphon System: Advanced heating system that works to maintain temperature stability in the group head for an optimal espresso shot every time. So water is continuously circulated from the boiler up through the group head to maintain constant temperature. Technology Rules: The Boxer always hits the mark with its precise microprocessing technology that controls vol
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Why Do Espresso Machines or Grinders Get Damaged During Shipping?

1st Jun 2016

Q: My machine arrived and didn't work correctly, was it inspected before it was sent?A: Yes, All machines are tested before they are shipped and go through a rigorous checklist to ensure everything is working as expected. It is very costly for the manufacturer, distributor and retailer to resolve defective product issues, so a lot of effort is taken to ensure the product that is shipped is in good condition and working as expected. If the manufacturer doesn't package well enough, the distributor
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Orchestrale Nota vs Rocket Giotto (or Cellini) Premium Plus with PID Espresso Machines

28th May 2016

Comparison between the Orchestrale Nota and the Rocket Giotto (or Cellini) Premium Plus with PID Espresso Machines.> The Orchestrale Nota is very unique looking machines, compared to the Premium Plus that has a more traditional/common looking design. The tempered glass side panels versions make it even more unique.> The Nota is switchable between tank and direct water line connection. The Premium Plus is water tank only.> The Nota has a 3 liter heat exchange boiler vs the Premium Pl
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Rocket Appartamento vs Rocket Cellini (or Giotto) Premium Plus v3 Espresso Machines

26th May 2016

What is the difference between the Rocket Cellini (or Giotto) Premium Plus v3 and the Rocket Appartamento?Comparing the Rocket Cellini Premium Plus to the Rocket Appartamento:> The Premium Plus has a insulated boiler. The Appartamento does not. A non-insulated boiler will heat the entire machine up. This can make it hot to touch externally and internal components longevity can be reduced due to excessive exposure to heat for a prolonged period of time. > The Pre
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