Is Rocket Cellini the best machine for you?

Many of you have seen our setup thus far. The combination of, Rocket Cellini and Compak K6 Grinder, is not the most impressive but it gets the job done. We are going to see how the Cellini gets the job done.

  • Introduction

  1. Brand

    Rocket Espresso produces the finest espresso machines in the tradition of ‘Fatto a Mano’ translated to, ‘made by hand’. The small team of craftsmen produce both premium domestic and commercial espresso machines, beautifully made with meticulous care and attention to detail. More importantly, Rocket Espresso machines will deliver the finest espresso in the cup, time after time. A partnership between New Zealander  Andrew Meo and Italian Daniele Berenbruch who bring philosophies from opposing sides of the world into their Milan factory to make the best espresso machines they possibly can.

  2. Cellini
  • Specification

  

The Rocket Cellini is equipped with a an average-sized water tank, yielding relatively stable water temperature, which in turn produces somewhat consistent espresso quality. Given that the Cellini is the bridge between a home coffee machine and a commercial standard machine, it is not surprising that the Rocket Cellini is a single group machine. Some may think that a single group is in efficient but the beauty of it is that, it allows one to focus on the single cup of coffee that the barista is brewing to ensure quality and consistency.

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As seen in the picture above, the boiler is made out of copper, which is the most durable material as it resists corrosion very well over time. The copper boiler has a capacity of 1.8L and a water reservoir that can hold approximately 2.5 litres of water. (based on personal judgement from usage). This unit utilizes single-boiler w/ heat exchanger to heat water. It pumps water through a heated coiled tube (the heat exchanger), heating it up to ideal brewing temperature. This system maintains the water temperature more consistently and enables you to brew and steam milk at the same time.

  • Personal Experience/Review
    • Looks

      Designed with a rectangular stainless steel body, the Cellini gives a clean and neat look that shows its power and at the same time, stay humble. On top of the clean design, the machine is relatively compact and is of a decent height. The only downside is its weight, the machine weights approximate 23kg.
    • Pros
      • Steam Wand
        The machine features a no burn steam wand. Any barista would have gotten burnt by the steam wand before. By having a no burn steam wand, those burns are a thing of the past.
      • Able to steam and pull espresso
        As previously mentioned in the other posts, I used to operate the lower tier Delonghi espresso machine which could only steam or pull an espresso. This means that I had to choose either one factor to deterioate due to the time taken to do the other task (Steaming milk vs pulling espresso). The Cellini, now, allows me to both steam milk and pull the perfect espresso.
      • Retain heat
        The copper boiler allows the machine to retain heat consistently which is perfect to produce a higher productivity rate.
      • Quality foam
        Latte art requires quality steamed milk. How to we know if its perfect? If you’re a barista, you would have heard that your foam has to be like wet paint. The steam wand produces enough power and steam to create that “wet paint”.
      • Rich and beautiful crema
        The ideal brewing temperature and the consistent retention of heat aids in the creation of rich and beautiful crema for our espresso.
    • Cons
      • Drip Tray
        Maybe there is a disadvantage to its compact size. The Cellini has a relatively small drip tray which constantly needs to be emptied. However, this issue can be easily solved if the machine was plumbed instead.
      • Only a single boiler
        Equipped with a single boiler and heat exchanger, it is plausible that the Cellini may not be able to meet extreme demands of a full fledged cafe. From prior experience, I am confident that the Cellini can hold its weight and perform at a high level.

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