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ROK Espresso Coffee Maker
- Manual, non-electric espresso maker
- Made from polished, high quality aluminium
- Strengthened alloy formulation
- Creates cafe style coffee in the comfort of your own home
- Formally known as Presso Espresso Coffee Maker
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||La Gondola||La Gondola||Amazon.co.uk||PureGusto Coffee Company||PureGusto Coffee Company|
|Capacity||—||0.8 litre||—||2 cups||1 litre||1 litre|
|Colour||Stainless Steel||Chrome||Silver and Gold||Black||Silver||Black, Silver|
|Item Dimensions||13 x 21.01 x 29.01 cm||32 x 20 x 29 cm||25.4 x 55.88 x 25.4 cm||26.5 x 20 x 29.7 cm||29.7 x 26.5 x 20 cm||26.5 x 20 x 29.7 cm|
|Item Weight||2 kg||5 kg||11.34 kg||4.5 kg||4 kg||4 kg|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel; Brass||Stainless Steel||—||Stainless Steel; Plastic||Stainless Steel|
|Special Feature||Non-electric espresso maker||Cup Warmer; Milk Frother||Internal pressure regulator||Assembly: Assembled||Cup Warmer; Milk Frother; Removable Tank||Assembly: Assembled|
|Wattage||—||1,000 watts||800 watts||950 watts||950 watts||950 watts|
ROK is a manual, non-electric espresso maker which is made from polished, high quality aluminium.
Not only does it look good but it is also environmentally friendly as the only power required is to heat the water as needed for an espresso.
Perfect for use at home or for holiday homes, caravans or on boats.
The pressure required to make the espresso is achieved with the lowering of the lever arms.
The process of lowering the arms traps air and forces water through the ground coffee at a high pressure.
All you need to do is bring some water to the boil, place coffee in the steel filter/portafilter, pour the boiling water into the chamber at the top, raise the arms to let the water filter through and lower the lever arms to brew your espresso.
That's all there is to it. A Cappuccino or latte can also be made using the stainless steel milk frother.
Formerly known as the Presso, the ROK Espresso Coffee Maker has a similar design but with strengthened alloy formulation, increased thickness of top arms, a reinforced water chamber and comes with reusable embossed metal storage tin.
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I use my ROK in conjuntion with the Krups Expert Burr Coffee Grinder - GVX231 which gives me excellent results, including crema. The grind fineness has to be adjusted for particular types of bean, but with a couple of experiments, I'm always able to get a satisfactory espresso from my ROK.
Just short of a year's daily use has seen a crack appear in the plunger, which is leaking water and losing pressure when I plunge.
I contacted their customer service department yesterday (a Sunday) and was contacted this morning with the offer of replacement parts. Superb customer service in my experience.
Very happy with this coffee maker.
it takes a little while to perfect the coffee, but becomes easy after a while. you need to make sure you keep the coffee scooper as the coffee pusher create no holes and compact the coffee, then use the handles in a steady manner.
I actually haven't used the frother, so I cannot comment on that.
previously coffee machines, even good brands like DeLonghi have lasted me less than 1 year. The ROK still looks like the same day i purchased it.
Update 2: Now the portafilter is coming apart. Reading around, I see this is a common problem. I'm expecting the manufacturer's response to be the same execrable, unhelpful, customer-hostile mantra (i.e., pay us more money).
Previously: Superb lever-style espresso maker, with a clever design. Looks good on the counter, too. Milk frother is rubbish, though -- get a Bodum jug if you want froth.
The first week or two I had it I was getting some mediocre espresso out of it, mainly because to give it a proper testing and nail down the perfect technique required drinking more espresso in one sitting than I could handle. So I did the scientific thing: I invited over an acquaintance and we worked through all the different combinations of variables - coffee grind, coffee blend, how hard we pushed the handles, how much water we put in, how hot the water was - that we could think of until we were consistently producing a very, very impressive espresso (and we were severely over-caffeinated).
There are many good videos on youtube detailing technique - watch a few and find what works for you.
However, I had to remove a star for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, the milk frother that comes with it is incredibly, frustratingly useless. I don't think you could make a worse one if you tried. I know that it's thrown in as a freebie, and that the espresso maker itself is the product you're buying, but the fact that the frother is there made me want to use it and then it took me 4-6 days to calm down. You'd be better off sticking your finger in a glass of hot milk and swirling it round a bit.
Secondly, I've had my ROK for just over 3 months now, and the screw that holds the arms together above the water chamber has completely stripped its thread, and falls out every time you move the arms, making the machine unusable. This will (hopefully) be very easy to fix, as it will just require a replacement screw from ROK, but it's disappointing after such a short time and considering that the rest of the machine feels like you could run a tank over it with minimal damage. I've emailed ROK but not heard back; I'll update this review when I get a response from them.
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