Both machines are heat exchangers, both have vibe pumps, both are made by Rocket Espresso. So why should you pony up and opt for the Type V? In this article we go over the main differences between the Type V and Appartamento.
|Price ($ USD)||from $1,690||from $2,100|
|Width||9.84 inches||10.8 inches|
|Depth||17.75 inches||17.7 inches|
|Weight||44 pounds||44 pounds|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Capacity||2.25 liters||2.9 liters|
|Low Water Sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Design||Heat Exchanger||Heat Exchanger|
|Capacity||1.8 liters||1.8 liters|
|Heating Element||1300 W||1200 W|
|Recommended Brew Pressure||9 bars||9 bars|
|PID Temperature Control|
|Steam Pressure Gauge||Yes||Yes|
|Boiler Pressure Gauge||No||Yes|
Perhaps the biggest difference between these two is the fact that the Type V contains both brew and steam pressure gauges.
Why should you care?
Well, if you've never had a machine like this before, having that brew gauge will be incredibly convenient to help you understand what you're doing right and wrong. On the Appartamento, you won't be able to see your bar count during extraction. Being able to see that will give you an idea of what needs tweaking (grind, dosage, tamp pressure, etc).
Let's say you're getting nowhere near the recommended 9 bars. Instead, you're floating in the 4-5 range. All this is, of course, assuming you're using the Type V as you can't ever see your bar count on an Appartamento - you'd be guessing at best.
Back to the scenario.
A bar count below 8 is telling you that water is getting through your coffee grounds way too quickly most likely resulting in an over extracted, horrible tasting shot of espresso.
Adjust your grind to the finer side, possibly increase your dosage (amount of coffee you're putting in your portafilter), and even increase your tamping pressure.
Then - test.
Type V has it. Appartamento doesn't.
What is PID?
PID allows you to control the temperature in the boiler with the simple touch of a button. If you want to experiment with temperatures and how it effects certain beans, PID is something you want. If you find yourself never using it - don't pay attention to whether or not a machine has PID.
We've found people spend way too much time focusing on PID. I've personally had a machine with it and never adjusted it once. Not one single time. Still, it is nice to have it there and that's the way to think about it. It's a conveniency. Not a necessity. As long as you give the Appartamento sufficient time to heat up, PID is not needed.
Type V's boiler is insulated. Appartamento's is not.
What are the advantages of an insulated boiler, you ask?
A big deal? No, not really. But certainly an upgrade to consider.
Can you manually insulate the boiler of an Appartamento?
Due to the smaller footprint of this machine, we don't recommend it without first speaking to Rocket Espresso directly for their recommendation. Doing this without speaking to us first may also void your warranty!
Shot Timer - Type V has it. Appartamento does not.
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