The ROK works with fresh ground coffee, like a conventional espresso machine. There's no need for wasteful and expensive pods or capsules.
Unlike push-button, automatic machines, you're in complete control of your coffee making from start to finish and can fine-tune your method until you find the coffee that's just right for you.
For those who prefer their coffee with milk, the ROK includes a stainless steel frother. The hand-sized, hand-pumped frother allows you to texture warm milk for lattes and cappuccinos.
Also included is a reusable storage tin, a measuring scoop which doubles as a tamper, and a shot splitter attachment for when you're making coffee for two.ROK includes: br> ROK espresso maker br> Portafilter br> Reusable storage tin br> Stainless steel milk frother br> Combined coffee scoop and tamper br> Instructions br> 10 year warranty on metal parts br> br> For more details view - br> - The New Old Guide to Getting the Most From Your ROK br> - ROK Docs br> - BPA Test Results for the Presso & ROK br> br> Dimensions (cm) br> 33.5x26x33.5 br> br> Weight (kg) br> 3.43
Admittedly, it did take a bit of experimentation, on my part, to finally achieve that perfect double shot with crema, with a number of different espresso roasts . . .
One thing that I would highly recommend, is to only use enough boiling water to reach or just exceed the metal ring -- surrounding the water reservoir -- by a centimeter or two, since the bulk of the crema accumulates toward the end of a successful pull. Another suggestion, would be to use filtered or RO water to improve the taste and crema production, especially if your local tap water is very high in minerals (ours was north of TDS 275 ppm, on a local well); and that is also a real factor. Most of the readily-available YouTube instructional videos suggest nearly flooding the reservoir; and that was an early mistake that I too made. Instead, pre-pump it lightly few times, to gain some resistance; allow the beans to be infused by the hot water in the portafilter; then, slowly draw the arms down. It may take a second pump to yield that double shot.
In terms of coffee weight, I eventually settled upon 15 grams as about ideal, for my tastes, though have also tried between 14 and 18 grams -- that latter weight, having being recommended by a number of users. Use reasonable tamping pressure -- nothing too strenuous; just ensure that the coffee "puck" is firm to the touch, without cracks; and ensure that the sealing surface of both the filter and the silicone gasket above it are free from grounds. For espresso, I use both the finest and next to finest setting on my Capresso burr grinder; and the second or third setting on my Porlex hand grinder. Both settings on either machine produced great, consistent grounds; and fantastic espresso. My pulls range from 20-30 seconds; and with an occasional second pull, to achieve upwards of 59 ml (about 2 oz), with 10% or more of the volume taken by crema -- which is also dependent upon the type of coffee. Very dark roasts often elicit little crema; many espresso roasts surprisingly tend toward the medium; and some brands also include some lesser robusta beans, to produce a more pleasing and consistent head.
The ROK is exceptionally well made and designed; all too easy to disassemble, clean and service with a standard screwdriver. Some critics of its plastic reservoir and silicone components are blissfully unaware of the sundry plastic and elastomer parts, contained even within the most expensive of the Italian machines, behind all of that beautiful chrome and distracting eagle statuary and filigree. One of my college jobs was in the servicing of several brands of commercial equipment; and there is more plastic inside those 10K machines than straining bra-tops on a beach in Malibu.
Simply remove the screw at the top of the ROK; spread the arms outward; and all of the components can easily be removed with a gentle twist and thoroughly cleaned, if and when needed. I do that about once a week, after twice or more daily use. Run the well and the plunger under the faucet and remove and rinse the silicone o-ring and diaphragm. Reassemble, ensuring that the reservoir is tightly locked -- clicked -- in place; and you're good to go . . .
Makes the best home made coffee. Took a bit of trial and error to get the grind right, but well worth it.
Marvelous machine, great in every way!
Definitely on my Wish List. Met a fellow camper with the Rok who made me a coffee. Best tasting coffee after my coffee at Parachilna. I have a fully automatic Saeco at home, would love to replace it with the Rok. Just what I need for great coffee in the bush - no power needed.
Have been using these for some time now at a friends place and decided to finally get one myself. They are great. Great design, and stands front and centre in the kitchen. Quick and easy to use, and the coffee tastes great.
I found this review really useful and it has some really nice product shots http://www.slinkystudio.info/reviews/2013/1/5/rok-espresso-maker-review.html
Having owned and used a Presso, forerunner of the Rok for 5 years I can tell you it's great. It makes a perfect coffee and it's so easy to use. Clean up is fast, a quick rinse under hot water and drain. And ...... no electricity required, definitely ticks all the boxes.
Makes a great cup of coffee, looks fantastic, making a great cup of coffee takes a bit of skill and can be difficult to pick up but it definitely adds to the satisfaction of the coffee however at the end of the day the plastic components contain BPA at currently unconfirmed levels.
This is the perfect office coffee maker. It only takes a few minutes to squeeze a delicious cup of coffee, and seconds to clean up. No waiting to get up steam - just fill it from the Zip MiniBoil. No expensive hydraulics or electrics to go wrong. No capsules to chuck. Brilliant !
This is not just a great coffee maker, it's stylish and is quality built. You can feel the quality by the weight of the machine as well as the smoothness of operation. There are cheaper versions around that make good coffee, but they wont last as long, nor will they give you the same sense of satisfaction. You won't want to put your ROK in the cupboard, you'll keep it on display :) I have a Presso (pre ROK) and I love it. I sell ROKs in our cafe and our customers are always happy with them! Well worth the money in my opinion.
A home must have and lets face it cost about the same as a months coffee shop bought coffees
This is the BEST coffee machine ever... It makes a perfect cup of Java and in no time. I love it.
This machine sits on my kitchen bench - Gets used daily - No fuss - Great coffee. (Plus good for weekends away)
Taste is not to bad for a hand machine - coffee will always taste better out in the bush anyway.
Good robust unit, but the price is outrageous for what you get. Would take a long time to amortise the cost over the number of camping trips, but it is the only way I could justify the price. Would I buy again or recommend it - No. There must be cheaper units that make the same tasting espresso out there!!!
A machine that simple, hands-on feeling yet great coffee at no extra sweat or waiting in the queue for burnt cafe coffee.
A classical piece of kitchen tools that has a WOW factor and sure to envy your critics......
This espresso machine is great. We use it in our caravan and it make an excellent cup of coffee. We do not travel anywhere without it.