Q&A Blog

What does the pressure gauge on the Rocket Appartamento read?

21st Oct 2017

What does the pressure gauge on the Rocket Appartamento read? The pressure gauge on the Rocket Appartamento tells you the pressure of the boiler. It does not tell you the pressure while brewing. So you can use that pressure to know when your machine is ready for use and you can use it to know when your machine is ready to steam. If the pressure gauges is in the green area you know that the temperature is high enough to pull your shots and you know it's at the proper temperature for steaming. But
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Is a Non Insulated Boiler on the Rocket Appartamento a significant downside?

21st Oct 2017

The Rocket Appartamento has a non-insulated boiler is this a significant downside to the machine? An insulated boiler has several benefits. One of the benefits is that it keeps the temperature more consistent and stable prior to and during extraction. Another benefit is that it protects the internal components of the machine from excessive heat. So is it a significant downside? No, I wouldn’t say it's very significant but it is nice to have an insulated boiler to improve the quality of your shot
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Should the Portafilter Remain on the Espresso Machine Between Use

21st Oct 2017

This video talks about the Rocket Appartamento, but this is also true with every espresso machine.Transcript:Should the portafilter remain on the Rocket Appartamento when not in use?Yes, always keep the portafilter on the machine, that way when you're ready to use it the portafilter is going to be nice and hot. What I see happen a lot of times is people leave the portafilter off the machine the portafilter cools down and when they go to pull their shot they get sourness in the shot because the p
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How to Remove Side Panels on the Rocket R58 Espresso Machine

21st Oct 2017

Video Transcript:This video shows you how to remove the side panels on the Rocket R58 espresso machine.Remove drip tray use a 7 millimeter combination wrench to remove the screws at the bottom of each panel. There will be six screws total with two screws on each panel. It is sometimes easier to first loosen the screw head with the wrench and use your fingers to take it out the rest of the way. It is worth noting that the right side panel - the one near the hot-water knob can be difficult to put
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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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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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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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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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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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Rocket R58 v2 vs Izzo Alex Duetto 4 Espresso Machine

24th May 2016

What is the difference between the Rocket R58 and the Izzo Alex Duetto 4 espresso machines?> The Duetto is a little bigger machine then the Rocket R58. Alex Duetto 4 is about 2 inches wider. The Duetto design is also kind of "squat". The space under portafilter on the the Rocket R58 is more than under the portafilter on the Duetto 4. If you use a bottomless portafilter though this won't really be an issue.  > The PID on the Rocket R58 reads the boiler temperature without an
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What is the difference between the boilers of the Quick Mill Vetrano 2B Evo, Rocket R58 v2, and the VMB Double Domobar v4?

12th Apr 2016

The Vetrano 2B Evo boiler specs are: Steam Boiler (1.4 liter capacity, 1400 watt heating element) \ Group Boiler (0.75 liter capacity, 800 watt heating element) Copper & Brass boilers with T.E.A coating.  The Rocket R58 v2 boiler specs are: Dual boiler (2.38 liter): Insulated copper steam boiler with brass low lead end plates (1.8 liter, 1400 watt heating element) \ Group Boiler (0.58 liter, 1400 watt heating element) The Vibiemme Double
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My Rocket Espresso Machine Brew Boiler PID Factory Setting Is At 221F, Isn't That Too High?

12th Apr 2016

The factory setting is correct. It should be set at the equivalent to 221F, why? Because there is an offset differential. As the water goes from the boiler to the grouphead, the water cools. Rocket decided to have the PID temp read at the boiler for better temperature stability. There is a chart on page three of the manual that talks about this. 221 at the brew boiler is equivalent to 197.6F at group head, which is a good temperature to start with when dialing in a
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Rocket Giotto Evoluzione and Nuova Simonelli Musica Comparison

5th Jun 2014

In terms of aesthetics, it’s hard to beat the beauty of the Rocket Giotto. It has a classier, more high end look when compared to the Musica.The Musica has a slightly larger boiler and water tank, but by very little.The Rocket Giotto has an E61 brew head, the Musica does not. The E61 brew group is a plus for the Giotto.The drip tray on the Giotto isn’t quite as big as the one on the Musica. The Giotto can have a water tank, be direct plumbed or both. With a Musica you have to get a machine
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