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Mitchell Kase

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Mitchell Kase asked a question about a product...
at 07-27-2013 4:09pm
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

I can use this machine to grind both brewed coffee using a paper filter and espresso?
I assume I cannot, if I buy the Rocky that predoses for espresso portafilters...?

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mjackson ♦ Mitchell, Technically you could but it would be much more difficult to get the coffee into a filter. It also would be harder to use the grounds up in between changing settings. I would definitely get the doserless one.

07-29-2013 7:50am |

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at 05-08-2013 9:13am
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

The advertisement for this grinder indicates that is has a removable bean hopper. Can you buy additional hopers to easily change different beans?

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techkathy It does have a removable bean hopper. But there ate 3 screws that hold the hopper in place. The hopper is also open at the bottom. If the hopper were removed and still had beans inside they would spill out of the open bottom of the hopper. Other grinders (Mazzer, Ceado, etc) do have a hopper designed to be removed easily to switch beans.

05-27-2013 12:15pm |

ChewieM

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at 04-23-2013 10:58pm
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

I've had this grinder for ~ 1 month and I love it. I use it daily, once a day to grind beans for a double espresso. I see that the urnex grindz is recommended for cleaning - how often should I be doing this?

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A A I am glad you are liking the Rocky! It's popular for a lot of great reasons. Ideally, the grindz should be run after a full bag of coffee has been run through. If you don't follow a schedule that strict, however, there shouldn't be a problem. Keep in mind also, the more oily the bean the more often you are going to want to run the Grindz through.

04-24-2013 10:49pm |

DrSteel

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at 01-09-2013 7:20pm
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

I have a 10-year old Rocky (doserless). It has been great once I learned how to dial in for variation in beans, taste, etc. Unfortunately, it suddenly stopped working completely, suggesting some sort of electrical fault. I have removed the bottom of the unit and can identify the main electrical parts. Trying to figure out what tests I can do to identify the faulty component. I have a multi-tester and a bit of knowledge but want to make sure I am barking up the right trees. Really miss my morning espresso!

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Sanfam ♦ As far as the Rocky is concerned, it's basically just a large, AC-Driven motor with the output shaft connected to the lower burr plate. Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with the motor's design to give you a solid idea of where to begin, but I would suggest researching AC Motor repair online. If the unit simply failed outright, it could indicate a fault with either the rectifier, the windings on the stator, or the rotor/shaft. As these motors can only be purchased as a single unit--Replacement of the entire motor/burr assembly is typically the best option.

01-10-2013 10:34am |

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DrSteel Thanks for the input. I agree that it may be a motor failure. However, the drawings show a starter capacitor plus other components in addition to the motor. If the motor has failed, replacement cost suggests buying a whole new unit. If it is a simpler part (resistor, capacitor, switch) maybe it will be a much cheaper repair. Just not quite sure on how to determine the faulty component. Not sure how electrical motors fail, but there was no differences in sounds or performance before it just stopped working.

01-10-2013 10:25pm |

Chris Cesar

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at 09-24-2012 12:01pm
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

Hi,

I just purchased an Expobar Office Lever Plus fro Whole Latte Love and I love it. However, I am finding that my 13 year old Rancilio Rocky (manufactured in 1999, with about 500lb of beans through it) needs work.

I just replaced the burrs, and it is grinding much better. However, I would like to remove the fork, and the doser is having problems in that the ratchet/pawl mechanism does not always catch in the next position, and the doser gets stuck in an in-between position.

I am confident that I can diagnose/fix the problem with the doser if I can disassemble the unit, however, I cannot seem to remove the base in order to access the screws that hold the forks to the bottom of the doser. When I flip the unit over, there are two Philips/flat head screws in the middle of the base (left and right sides) that are easily removed. However, there is a third screw at the center back position with some sort of specialty head that seems to be the final screw holding the base on. The screw head looks like it has external splines, and I have been unsuccessful locating any tool to remove this screw. There are not other fasteners visible on the bottom of the unit, unless they are under the rear rubber feet.

How do I get the bottom off?

Also, It appears that newer Rockys have a shorter base with a separate catch tray. Can I replace my old one with the new style?

Thanks

Chris

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Mike Russo ♦ Chris...Thank you for your posting to our Super Wall. Please contact our Technical Support Department directly at 1-888-411-5282 option 3, for the best help with your Rancilio grinder questions. Thanks.

09-25-2012 2:34pm |

BlrdFX

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at 05-30-2012 12:10pm
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

Thanks Mark! I am looking forward to the upgrade replacement for this grinder and will retire Rocky to evening decaf duties :-)

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at 05-29-2012 2:27pm
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

I too have used this machine since 2006 and have found it reliable, but a bit finicky with the grind, especially on a bean change. I just ordered a step-less machine.
Getting it re-calibrated takes time. Dismantle and re-assembly to clean is tedious too.
Rocky is a solid machine and has not failed to grind. I modified mine so the power cord exited the rear of the machine. It is noisy so I made a very thick pad that wraps around the bean hopper all the way down to the doser spout and that quiets it!!
All said, it is a good machine for the money.

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mjackson ♦ Stephen,
Thanks for your review.

05-30-2012 10:44am |

Bill Browder

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at 05-18-2012 8:22am
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

Hi I have a Rancilio Rocky Doserless Grinder. Is there a way to add a doser to this machine.
Thanks
Bill Browder
billbocala@yahoo.com

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Mike Russo ♦ Bill...Thanks for your great question to our Super Wall. I am sorry to say there is no way to turn the Rancilio Rocky Doserless Grinder into a Doser version. Thanks.

05-18-2012 9:22am |

TallMike

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at 04-18-2012 4:19pm
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

Have Rocky for ~8 mos & one just 2-3 occasions this week grinder wouldn't run; eventually after pulling plug was able to get it to go and all appears fine now. Wondering whether recent heat wave on east coast could have affected motor/electronics or clogged burrs, etc. Worked fine again this AM after running Grindz thru it last night.

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mjackson ♦ It could be a few things. It may be that the grinder gets stuck in between settings. Take and rotate the grind adjustment to you feel it catch at the number you want to be at. I t may also be as you discovered a cleaning issue that would be more likely if you are using a dark or oily bean. The humidity will affect the grind and you may have to adjust it based on changed shot times. I do not think any damage was done. Here are some detailed cleaning instructions as well.

Rancilio Rocky SS Grinder Cleaning and Calibration
Applies to: Rocky Doser, Rocky Doserless

For your safety, please read through all of these directions before beginning.
ALWAYS UNPLUG THE MACHINE BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANYTHING!

Tools Required
1. Flat-Head Screwdriver
Dis-assembly and Cleaning
2. Empty both the bean hopper and the ground coffee dispenser.
3. Locate and remove the 3 chrome flat-head screws at the bottom of the bean hopper.
4. Lift the bean hopper out the machine.
5. Removing the hopper will expose the large round brass top burr plate. Rotate it counter-clockwise until the plate is out. This will provide access to the grinding chamber.
6. Thoroughly clean the grinding chamber. This includes all of the threads, both on the top burr plate and the matching threads on the wall of the grinding chamber. Clean the burrs as well. A group brush or firm tooth brush does a good job cleaning the parts and threads in the grinding chamber. Be sure to clear the chute between the grinding chamber and the ground coffee dispenser as well. Use a vacuum to help get all of the nooks and crannies in the grinder completely clean.
Calibration and Re-Assembly
1. Replace the burr plate by turning it clockwise until snug but not too tight.
2. Making sure that the machine is off, plug the machine in.
3. Find “absolute zero" on your grinder. Proper calibration of the Rocky SS grinder depends on finding absolute zero. This is the point at which the burrs first touch while spinning. It is also the point at which the Rocky SS is grinding the coffee as finely as possible. (Similar in texture to powdered sugar) The sound of the burrs touching while spinning is unmistakable. It’s a high pitched metallic “chirp” plainly audible over the sound of the Rocky SS motor.
4. Turn the machine on very briefly (2-3 seconds). If the “chirp” of the burr plates is not heard, rotate the brass top burr plate either clockwise or counter-clockwise until absolute zero is located by the telltale “chirp.” If the grinder sounds like it is winding down when you turn it off, the top burr needs to be tighter. If the grinder sound immediately stops, you have reached the absolute zero point.
If you've tightened the plate as much as possible but can't make the burrs chirp, you may want to remove the plate and inspect both sets of threads for trapped grit. Even a small clump of ground coffee stuck in the wrong spot can stop you from reaching absolute zero.
5. Turn off and then unplug the machine.
6. Replace the bean hopper. The #1 or absolute zero setting should be facing front. Replace the 3 chrome flat-head screws.
7. Now turn the hopper to the number that you normally use for grinding coffee. (Note: Since you have recalibrated the grinder, the number you have been using may change slightly)
8. Pour a small amount of coffee beans into the hopper.
9. Plug in and test machine. If everything was re-assembled correctly, you've successfully cleaned and calibrated your grinder.

04-19-2012 9:47am |

Douglas moOTE

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at 09-17-2011 5:44pm
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder

Is the warranty good on refurbished models? What is the definition of refurbished for you.

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Mike Russo ♦ Douglas... The Refurbished Rancilio has a 1 year warranty. Our Refurbished equipments come from our Buyers Remorse Program. Thanks.

09-20-2011 4:36pm |

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