Full Review - A Rocket Appartamento Test
We Put The Rocket Appartamento To The Test
The Rocket Appartamento has been a massive hit since it's release not too long ago. The demand for this machine seems to do nothing but go up and up. Today, we test the Appartamento and go over all it's features, uses and discuss it's design (which is stunning, to say the least). This espresso beauty is a work of art in both design and performance. But, it does have some flaws. We go over everything in our Rocket Appartamento test.
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Overview of the Rocket Appartamento
Rocket Appartamento Dimensions - 10.5"W x 17"D x 14.25"H
"Does smaller stature mean less quality and power?"
Rocket Appartamento Test - Pulling Shots
As mentioned above, the Appartamento has an E61 heated group head - the best. While your machine is warming up, always make sure the portafilter is locked in place in the group head to make sure it's heated and ready to go once the machine is fully heated.
"Since it's a heat exchanger (HX), is PID even necesary?"
The Rocket Appartamento is a heat exchanger without PID. To answer the question - no, PID isn't necessary just a conveniency. All you need to do is make sure you give your Appartamento ample time to heat up (about 25-35 minutes). Also, give it about 15-30 seconds in between shots to recoup. PID is great - just not necessary. You can always adjust boiler temperature by opening up the machine and turning some screws. Be sure to contact us before doing so as we'll walk you through how to do this so you don't void your warranty, damage your machine or more importantly - hurt yourself.
Shot quality on the Appartamento is impressive. Brewing shots with this lever machine is also incredibly easy. The Appartamento, unlike other Rockets, only contains one gauge - a boiler pressure gauge. For brewing, this is great but when it comes time to steam, it's a little inconvenient not to have that gauge up there however this will only really impact you if you're someone who's going to be brewing and steaming multiple drinks in a row (being able to see your steam pressure and how quickly it recoups is nice - can't do that on the Appartamento).
The portafilters on the Appartamento are high quality and commercial grade. You won't have to worry about these guys holding heat. Included in every Appartamento is a single and double shot portafilter along with a blind basket for cleaning.
Rocket Appartamento Test - Steaming Milk
"Will a beginner have trouble steaming milk on the Appartamento?"
Creating quality espresso and espresso-based drinks is an ongoing process that you can never really perfect. For beginners, the learning curve is of course larger however we still recommend the Rocket Appartamento the even the newest of the noobs. We'll even call the Rocket Appartamento an entry-level machine suitable for new and experienced espresso creators.
As far as steaming milk goes, it's just something that'll take some practice and patience. The Appartamento will provide you will the necessary steam pressure but you still have to make sure the wand is in the right place. We recommend checking out as many videos as you can on Youtube to help you with your milk steaming skills. Or, give us a call! We're happy to help in any way possible!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does not having PID matter?
Not really. Because it's a heat exchanger, PID is not necessary. You can still adjust boiler temperature however you'll need to open up the machine to do so. Please contact us for instructions.
What is the gauge for?
The gauge on the Appartamento (sole gauge) measures steam pressure. If you're looking for a machine with both a steam AND brew gauge, this is not the machine for you.
How long will it last?
Prosumer espresso machines can be compared to luxury cars. If taken care of properly, there's zero reason they can't last north of 15 years.
What type of maintenance is required?
Back-flushing your group head both before and after use. Purging your steam wand both before and after use.
What about descaling?
The manufacturer, Rocket Espresso, actually recommends against this as they feel it's impossible to fully remove descaling solution from your machine once it's in there. Eventually, it will start showing up in your drink! Alternatively, using the right type of water should rid the need for any descaling. Filtered or bottled water is preferred or an in-reservoir water filter is also an option.
Since the boiler isn't insulated, is it loud?
While louder than other Rockets or any other machine with an insulated boiler, the Appartamento is not terribly loud. If you want quiet, opt for a machine with a rotary pump!
Can I purchase the upgraded cup rail from you?
Have a question that wasn't answered? Comment below, call us (800.410.8867) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help! Cliff & Pebble is an online authorized dealer of ALL Rocket Espresso products.