The Rancilio Rocky grinder is a top-grade consumer mill made in Italy. It has the best quality burrs and a straightforward adjustment to dial in the precise grind for espresso, regular-drip or other brewing methods. This is one solid chunk of metal! The motor is powerful and grinding is quiet. It has commercial grade 50 mm flat burrs and 55 grinding adjustment steps, enough to pinpoint the exact grind requirement for the most particular espresso machine.
It covers a full range of grinds from fine to coarse, from Espresso to French Press. I wouldn't say that the coarse grind is its strong point though. It's passable as a French Press grind but really the Rocky excels in the medium to fine to ultra-fine grinds; filter-drip, vacuum pot, espresso.
The decision you need to make is whether the Doser or Doserless model is right for you. Both are the same mill with different hardware attached to the front (the doserless mill has a spring-loaded switch on the front). You will be able to use either as all-around mills, but the no-doser model is better-suited for this. Be aware that new Rocky mills are tested at the factory, and you might see a little grind residue on the burrs or in the doser. That is a good thing!
For more images and tips, see our Details Page on using the Ranciliio Rocky Mills. Also, take a look at this issue of our Tiny Joy newsletter that compared the Rocky against a hand grinder and an electric blade grinder.
|Burr Type||50mm Flat Burrs|
|Hopper Capacity||10 oz|
|Grind Range||Best for espresso.|
|Pros||Good quality, durable. Doserless model is a good all purpose mill. Attractive design. Economical..|
|Cons||Can be challanging to adjust. Needs to be adjusted regularly to deter grind buildup in threads.|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts and Labor|