The Rocket Espresso R58 has been one of Rocket Espresso Milano's most popular models. A staple of the Rocket brand, the Rocket Espresso R58 exudes design and engineering excellence. The team at Rocket constructs the R58 by hand to deliver the most dynamic espresso making experience around. Today, we go in-depth in our Rocket Espresso R58 Review.
Featuring dual heavy-duty copper boilers, dual PID temperature control and a commercial rotary pump, the Rocket Espresso R58 was built to deliver consistent espresso shots. Dual boilers ensure a consistent shot while dual PID allows the user to customize their machine to their unique preferences by controlling each boiler's internal temperature.
Let dig deeper, shall we? Here are the main features of the Rocket Espresso R58.
Consisting of two heavy-duty copper boilers, the Rocket Espresso R58's main purpose is to provide consist espresso shots all day long. Capable of handling small commercial work loads, dual boilers assist in relieving pressure by having two boilers each responsible for it's own task. One for steam pressure, one for brew. In contrasting single boiler machines, one boiler is responsible for both steam and brew. From an engineering standpoint, this means consistent pressure always.
The Rocket R58 can be connected directly to your water source. Save time re-filling your machine's water tank and use that time making delicious cappuccinos! Each R58 from Cliff & Pebble comes complete with the necessary lines for plumbing.
A convenient feature allowing the barista to control the internal temperature of each boiler. Why should you care about this? Well, temperature is a vital component to making quality espresso. If the brew temperature isn't perfect, your espresso will come out tasting too bitter or too sweet. If you've ever had bad espresso, you know how terrible that can be. Dual PID allows you to control temperature at the touch of a button. Without, you'd have to manually adjust the temperature by opening the machine (a royal pain).
If you've ever watched YouTube videos of a manual espresso machine, you've noticed how noisy they can be. Unfortunately, this is just a reality of most home espresso machines. However, the R58 is quiet thanks to a commercial quality rotary pump. Make espresso without waking every up with the R58. A truly wonderful yet overlooked benefit of this machine.
The R58 is so powerful that steaming is a breeze. Prepare milk for a latte or cappuccino in seconds. The R58 does most of the work for you. If you're not an experienced barista or have ever had a manual espresso machine before, the Rocket Espresso R58 may be the perfect machine for you.
Simply and easy. Grind your beans, insert your portafilter and let the R58 work. Complete with dual pre-infusion, the Rocket Espresso R58 will bring out all the flavors and aromas from your coffee beans. Can't stress how important pre-infusion is in the espresso making process.
Back in early 2017, Rocket changed up their machines a bit. Some models got a complete overhaul (and even a name change) while others didn’t change all that much. Here’s what’s new to the Rocket Espresso R58:
The R58 contains Rocket’s newly improved (and fantastic looking) two-tiered feet system. This tiered system allows you to remove the top half to lower your R58 by up to 0.75 inches. Obviously, this is a nice feature and especially so if you’re working with limited counter space. The feet are not only an improved feature but also look much, much better than the older feet (which every manufacturer also uses), which really set Rocket machines apart.
Rocket has always placed a major emphasis on aesthetics and design and they hit one out of the park with these feet. I mean really – they look incredible. Another job well done, Rocket.
No new features other than the feet!
This is a question we get so often. It’s a tough one to answer without knowing your exact needs and wants for your home espresso machine. I can tell you that you absolutely do not have to spend $2,800 to get a quality dual boiler espresso machine. You can go with a Vetrano 2B Evo ($2,450) and honestly get more for your money as it has some bells & whistle that the R58 doesn’t.
The reason, in my opinion, Rocket charges more is purely due to economics. They know their machines are in high demand here in the States. When demand is high, prices go up.
Given all this, I think the question now becomes “am I willing to spend more for the Rocket name and all that comes with it?” After all, they’re incredibly beautiful and Instagram-worthy. Rocket machines are all over social media and for good reason – they’re gorgeous. Quality-wise, they aren’t any better than the other Italian brands but they just look so darn pretty.