Does this ship to Australia?
How much is the shipping cost as I'm getting the i-deals( mazzer grinder) too.
And can I use this in Australia as there is a voltage difference?
The Rocket Espresso R58 semi-automatic espresso machine is creating a stir among savvy consumers around the world as they eagerly await its 2012 debut showing off its dual-boilers and dual PID temperature control sensors. Rocket Espresso has always used commercial components and technically meticulous construction and continues that tradition in the creation of the R58.
Connect the Rocket Espresso R58 directly into a plumbing water source or use the 2.5L reservoir with the flip of a switch. The advanced Rocket Espresso R58 also features an intriguing electronic PID remote-control box, a very quiet iso-mounted rotary pump and a commercial-grade Sirai pressure stat. The pump pressure can be adjusted externally, allowing you to fine-tune extraction rates.
Robust body construction incorporating stainless steel ensures that this Rocket Espresso model will provide a life-time of quality service. Users can expect excellent performance and quality drinks from the Rocket Espresso R58’s E-61 brew-group, super quiet rotary pump and dual-boilers with long-life elements.
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The Rocket Espresso R58 has a professional quality nine-pound E-61 brew-group made of chrome plated marine brass to ensure proper heat stability. Espresso extraction is aided by a pre-infusion process to preserve coffee flavor and aroma. Hot water is constantly circulated between the boiler and brew-group to ensure proper brewing temperature. The R58 comes with a commercial portafilter as well as single and double-shot filter baskets.
The Rocket Espresso R58 has a dual pre-infusion system, consisting of a mechanical pre-infusion system with progressively working piston and a static pre-infusion chamber, resulting in consistent flavorful, aromatic, and crema-rich extractions.
The Rocket Espresso R58 model has a quiet, commercial grade rotary pump with external pressure adjustment controls, allowing users to fine tune pump pressure while viewing the dedicated pressure gauge. The internal architecture of the machine is configured for best efficiency reducing pump noise and creating a very quiet rotary pump machine. Coupled with the twin PID controls, dual boilers, and Sirai commercial grade pressure stat it delivers superb temperature control and stability.
The Rocket Espresso R58 has 2 full, round manometer displays that allow users to easily monitor both pump and boiler pressure allowing the Barista to fully understand the extraction parameters.
The boiler and reservoir water levels are monitored by sensors that will alert the user if the machine needs to be refilled, and shut it off if ignored. This feature helps to prevent a dry-boil and prolong the life of the machine.
Twin PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) controllers are located independently at the boilers to monitor and maintain boiler temperatures and can be set with an electronic remote-control box with digital display that plugs in via a cable to the side of the machine, thereby keeping the classic look of the R58 pristine without adding a digital LED interface to the polished front panel. The remote can also switch the hot water / steam boiler on or off, and switch between using the on-board water reservoir or the directly plumbed water supply.
The brewing boiler PID controls will maintain temperature with a deviation less than 1° Celsius. Rocket Espresso developed the R58 using Greg Scace’s temperature determination method for extraordinary accuracy. Subsequently you can tweak the temperature settings with confident precision for the particular coffee bean you are using and extract the maximum potential flavor from the coffee.
The lead-free copper 0.58L brewing water boiler and the 1.7L hot water / steam boiler, which has thick brass end plates for increased heat retention, are wrapped in special thermal-insulating blanket material that provides increased heat retention and thermal stability resulting in greater energy efficiency. The overall boiler design optimizes the boiler-capacity to heater-power ratio resulting in a very fast heat up time.
Both boilers have 1400W heating elements made from special long-life material (5 times longer life than normal elements). The boilers operate completely independent, turning on and off according to the needs of each, and can be on at the same time; however, even though they both have 1400W elements, when on together they will not exceed a 1550W power consumption rate.
The electronic PID remote-control can toggle the hot water / steam boiler on and off. This mode is useful for those that only drink espresso and do not need steam or hot water and want to conserve energy.
The commercial-grade chromed portafilter comes with single and double shot filters and baskets for your convenience.
The insulated copper boilers also heat the cup warmer located on top of the machine. Heat is released through holes in the top of the machine, ensuring that your cups are warmed. There is a hatch cover at the rear of the tray allowing you to fill the water reservoir without removing it from the machine.
A dedicated control switch allows users to alternate between drawing water from the 2.5L reservoir or plumbed water lines. The large water reservoir is removable for easy refilling and maintenance.
Rocket Espresso’s patented cool-touch technology ensures that the steam wand is safe to use (only the nozzle gets hot). The heavy-duty wand has a two-hole tip and is engaged with a large ergonomic control knob at the top of the wand. Below the steam wand is the steam pressure gauge – the machine is at steaming pressure when the gauge measures around 1 bar. Use the steam knob to foam and steam milk, soy milk, or half and half for a cappuccino, latte, café breve, or latte macchiato.
The hot water nozzle is located to the right of the brew group and features another large ergonomic control knob like the steam wand. You can dispense hot water for tea, a café Americano, instant soup or hot chocolate, drink mixes, or hot cider.
The Rocket Espresso R58 comes equipped with an electronic microprocessor controlled automatic low-water-level sensor that will automatically shut off the machine to prevent a dry boiler. A warning system will also alert you when the water reservoir needs to be replenished. The water reservoir has a generous 84oz capacity and can be filled in the machine through an access hatch at the rear of the cup warming area on top of the machine, or you can remove the reservoir and fill it at the tap.
Use a damp cloth to keep your brew group head free of excess grounds, and use a brush to clean the shower screen and group gasket on your brew-group. The portafilters’ metal filter-basket and filter handle can be cleaned in warm water and non-abrasive detergent to remove excess grounds and coffee oils. When the drip tray fills, empty it and clean the drip tray and stainless steel drip tray grid with a damp cloth. The stainless steel body of the machine can also be wiped down with a damp cloth to keep it looking its best.
To me, there's something really special about plumb-able machines. They represent a commitment to making the espresso machine a permanent part of your home and a part of your life, in addition to being a homage to the dedication of the people who make them.
All of this of course rings true with the new Rocket Espresso R58 Espresso Machine. Stylish, and superbly functional, the Rocket Espresso R58 was the perfect way to kick off my foray into the world of semi-automatic espresso machines.
I'll start by saying that the Rocket Espresso R58 is by no means a lightweight. At a solid 64lbs, it took a bit of muscle to get it out of the box. Once I had it on the counter I was able to fully appreciate just how good looking a machine it really is. The team at Rocket Espresso cut no corners when it came to the aesthetics of the R58, literally. Every edge has been rounded and curved, giving the machine a very smooth and streamlined look. From the robust steam valve emblazoned boldly with the signature Rocket R, to the precision Swiss pressure gauges, the machine is a testament to the enduring allure of Italian design. I rapidly became very fond of its old world charm.
I had the opportunity to talk to Whole Latte Love's resident Rocket expert Todd, who explained to me a bit about the R58's mechanics. The Rocket Espresso R58 was highly anticipated as it is the first Rocket espresso machine with dual boilers, and it utilizes the unique PID temperature monitoring system that gives the user the actual temperature inside of the boiler instead of a calculation. This allowed Todd to show me how to program the machine to the optimal temperature for the coffee we were drinking. The R58 is programmed via a peripheral digital display that connects to the side of the machine, so as not to ruin its classic charm.
For an in-depth look at the machine's insides, you can follow the link here.
This time around, Todd recommended I try brewing with some Klatch Coffee House whole bean espresso, which I used to make myself a cappuccino. As someone who typically does all of his frothing automatically with the handy Nespresso Aeroccino Plus, I was happy that the steam tip was designed with two large holes that let me froth milk quickly. It was very easy to find the sweet spot in the pitcher, and the micro foam I was able to produce made all the difference in the quality of my drinks.
Elegant design features and advanced functionality make the Rocket Espresso R58 Espresso Machine an attractive choice for someone looking to buy at the prosumer level.
|Dimension - Width (Inches)||12.2|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||16.14|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||17.32|
|Housing Materials||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Cover Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz)||16|
|Drain Line Adaptable||Yes|
|Power Cord Length (Inches)||56|
|Steam Wand Style||Commercial Style|
|No Burn Wand||Yes|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands||Yes|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed||Both|
|Maximum Incoming Water Pressure (PSI)||50 Psi|
|Type Of Controls||Lever|
|Low Water Warning||Yes|
|Pressure Gauges||Brew and Steam|
|Brew Temperature Display||Yes|
|Size (Inches)||10 x 9|
|Passive / Active||passive|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Commercial Filter Baskets Included||Single & Double|
|Bottomless Portafilter Available||Yes|
|Tamper Size (Millimeter)||58|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Back Flush Capable||Yes|
|Number Of Boilers||2|
|Brew And Steam Simultaneously||Yes|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type||Medium Volume|
|Brew Boiler Watts||1400|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz)||1.7 Liter|
|Brew Boiler Material||Copper with Brass End Plates|
|Brew Boiler Orientation||Vertical|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location||Internal|
|Brew Boiler Auto Fill||Yes|
|Steam Boiler Data|
|Steam Boiler Type||Large|
|Steam Boiler Watts||1400|
|Steam Boiler Volume (Oz)||1.7 Liter|
|Steam Boiler Material||Copper|
|Steam Boiler Orientation||Vertical|
|Steam Boiler Heater Location||Internal|
|Steam Boiler Vacuum Relief valve||Yes|
|Steam Boiler Auto Fill||Yes|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar)||18 Bar|
|Brew Pressure Adjustability||Yes|
|Self Priming Pump||8 to 9 Bar|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds)||0|
|Sound Level - Grinding (Db)||No|
|Back Flush Cleaner Used||Cafiza|
|Country Of Manufacture||Italy|
|Recommended Applications||Home / Commercial|
|Repairs By||Whole Latte Love|
Rated 4 out of 5
Has owned for:
Less than 1 month
The machine arrived intact double boxed. Lots of packing materials. Fit and finish out of the box was beautiful with a couple minor exceptions. The hot water wand had chrome finish only on bottom 2/3, the top 1/3 was a flat pitted unpolished silver metal. The "R" on the steam knob didn't have enough black plastic poured into the recess so it looked like mice had nibbled on it in a couple of spots. I then assembled the machine. The drip tray has plastic clips that prevent metal to metal contact, but they are too thick, and it takes way too much pressure to place drip tray in place. I removed the plastic clip on one side and the drip tray was much easier to place and remove, but still harder than should be. After about the 5th draining of the shallow drip tray, the plastic clip on the other side came off too because of the poor fit, and now I use neither with no ill effect. If it begins to rattle at some point will likely either sand the plastic clip to thinner or just put a piece of duct tape there, no one will see it anyway. But be for real, this was obvious and cheap problem to fix and I expect they will ship different clips in the near future. I then filled the large water tank and warmed up the machine. Tried to pull my first shot and got a triple flash of the power light. Looked in manual, it means the boiler temp probe malfunctioned and should turn off and restart unit, if still triple blink then send to service location. I turned off and then on, triple blink again. Cussed. Cussed again. Meanwhile, machine cooled off. Then when turned on a third time it worked and has worked ever since. It turns out there is a startup routine clearly listed in the manual for first use. But im a guy, never opened manual until after error problem. Doh. I have since made about about a hundred shots and cappuccinos without a problem. Both portafilters are fine. The included tamper is metal but is matte finish, not the polished steel of the machine If you want the matching tamper, that is like another $70. I wish they had included a bottomless portafilter, and that will cost another $70. There has been much complaining about the flimsy PID cable and detached PID in general. I have to agree. The cable is kind of flimsy, the detached PID is hokey and clutter. There is a simple fix though. The PID cable tucks nicely under the machine and the PID itself fits perfectly under the drip tray inbetween the legs on the front of the machine. A small piece of Velcro and voila, problem solved. It is a little low though, and you have to bend down to read it because the LCD display isn't readable except from directly in front of it. I use it constantly as the grinder and the rocket share the same outlet, so I have to turn off the rocket to grind beans for 15 seconds and then turn rocket back on. The boiler always drops a few degrees during this 15 seconds and I watch PID until back up to temp, about 30 seconds. A couple of times I have accidentally forgotten to turn off the Rocket while grinding beans and did not blow a fuse, so the Rocket once up to temperature must use not so much electricity (as the Mazer Mini I think pulls 350 watts leaving 1150 watts for the already warmed up Rocket). The milk steamer has plenty of power. It does tend to shoot out a few milliliters of hot water before the steam comes out but this <1% dilution of milk is not detectable at all. It would have been nice if the "R" on the steam knob was vertical at the point of steam start, or there was some other indicator, but alas you just have to close fast when done foaming the milk, and then very slowly reopen with the tip just above the milk to clean the tip. If you reopen any faster than very very slow you will blow milk all over the machine and counter, there is only like 5 degrees of the knob between off and open too far. Perhaps in retrospect I would have been happier with a joystick, but maybe the knob is lower maintenance? Nevertheless, I will add a dot of paint or something to the knob so I know exactly the point at which steam start/stops. I have heard another reviewer complain that the machine does not have a pressurestat on the boiler but instead has a temperature stat. They felt this was a flaw because replacement water doesn't immediately go into the boiler when drawing off the steam. I have learned that the pressurestats are more likely to break, so I am happier with the temperaturestat anyway. Further, I have foamed two successive 24 ounce milks with no noticeable drop in performance of steaming power so has not been a issue in my house. Maybe if you have many coffee drinkers or a party you might maybe have to wait 30 seconds or so inbetween after 2nd steaming, but the boiler heats up fast has been my experience, with no delay inbetween two drinks anyway. I have mentioned every nitpick thing I can think of. Am I returning it? Hell no. It makes a great cappuccino. It looks better than most of the other models. It has more performance(double boiler, rotary pump) and options (plumb or not). It is not perfect. I could not find a perfect model at any price though, and it is close to perfect. The only other model I would consider is the Alex Duetto version 3 by Izzo. However, the Rocket has a larger market share and more support judging by number of you tube videos and number of companies selling it. Rocket seems to be addressing problems fast and have already made a number of improvements in the R58 (now has farenheit as option, better packaging, stronger PID cable, faster temperature probes) and much of my complaints may be solved by the time you read this. The only real complaint is the stupid PID dongle, but this is not a deal breaker.
Less than 1 month
Follow instructions in manual for first use or will get temperature error (turn off, let cool, then start over to fix)
Various local beans, nothing special yet.
Permanent mount for PID, switch to turn off steam boiler, deeper waste tray.
Amazing R58! More beautiful in person. I bought the machine in April 2012. I was one of the first ones to get my hands on this beauty. Waited patiently for the release. After 6 months of use I want to post a review that is helpful since I noticed no reviews have been written. I can only say that the espresso is magnificent; the machine is paired with a Compak K10 fresh. Most machines in this category pretty much do an excellent job hence will talk about the PRO'S: The machine warms up and is ready for steaming and brewing in only 10 minutes. I love the digital display not being in the machine itself especially since Rockets design has no comparison (in my view). Build quality is superb and couldn't be better. Accesories are high quality. I use it for home use but I could easily see this machine in a very small shop. You can pull cappuccino's back to back with no problem with beautiful Rosetta's (if you have the skills). Very happy with the purchase. Especially through Whole latte love you get top notch customer service; that is why I came back to WLL for my upgrade. I called after the purchase for questions regarding the machine and all my questions were answered. I think this machine will last a lifetime. My prior purchase from WLL : Gaggia Classic plus Rocky were great as a gateway to the marvelous world of espresso; they are still going strong at the office after 6 years. Of course the R58 and grinder are in a very, very different class. I can see the R58 going for decades. Cleaning is very easy in comparison to my prior machine. It takes two seconds to dislodge the showerhead and gasket. Greatly recommended, well worth the money for the dual boiler. Cons: You will not enjoy espress I bought the machine in April 2012. I was one of the first ones to get my hands on this beauty. Waited patiently for the release. After 6 months of use I want to post a review that is helpful since I noticed no reviews have been written. I can only say that the espresso is magnificent; the machine is paired with a Compak K10 fresh. Most machines in this category pretty much do an excellent job hence will talk about the PRO'S: The machine warms up and is ready for steaming and brewing in only 10 minutes. I love the digital display not being in the machine itself especially since Rockets design has no comparison (in my view). Build quality is superb and couldn't be better. Accesories are high quality. I use it for home use but I could easily see this machine in a very small shop. You can pull cappuccino's back to back with no problem with beautiful Rosetta's (if you have the skills). Very happy with the purchase. Especially through Whole latte love you get top notch customer service; that is why I came back to WLL for my upgrade. I called after the purchase for questions regarding the machine and all my questions were answered. I think this machine will last a lifetime. My prior purchase from WLL : Gaggia Classic plus Rocky were great as a gateway to the marvelous world of espresso; they are still going strong at the office after 6 years. Of course the R58 and grinder are in a very, very different class. I can see the R58 going for decades. Cleaning is very easy in comparison to my prior machine. It takes two seconds to dislodge the showerhead and gasket. Greatly recommended, well worth the money for the dual boiler. Cons: You will not enjoy espresso anywhere other than in your own home; the trips to European cafes will not be the same.o anywhere other than in your own home; the trips to European cafes will not be the same.
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