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Rocket Espresso Appartamento TCA Espresso Machine with Flow Control - White

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The Rocket Appartamento TCA is a heat exchanger espresso machine with an eye catching design and four temperature settings that can be toggled for optimal milk frothing and espresso brewing.

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Rocket Espresso Appartamento TCA Overview

Modernized for both style and function the Rocket Appartamento TCA is a smart heat exchanger espresso machine that delivers several key updates while preserving the essential DNA that defines a Rocket Espresso machine. TCA stands for “Temperature Control Adjustment” and refers to the new system of regulation that uses a variable pressurestat controller to adjust pressure and temperature inside the boiler. From the outside the TCA’s housing is an evolution of the iconic look with more streamlined panels that wrap around the machine, a Rocket logo pennant on the back and an angular E61 brew group.

Features and Benefits

The inclusion of variable pressure delivers the ability to toggle between one of four preset temperature settings (Low, Medium, High and Very High). Changing the temperature helps to extract coffees of different origins and roast levels and will also affect steaming pressure (between 0.9, 1, 1.1, and 1.2 bar) if you use the machine to froth milk multiple times a day.

To switch between the four different temperature modes, start by lifting the brew lever while the machine is off, then flipping the power switch while the lever is raised. You're now in programming mode. Each time you raise and lower the brew lever while in programming mode, the red LED indicator light will flash a number of times to indicate the current temperature setting: 

  • 1 flash: ~196F (low temperature)

  • 2 flashes: ~200F (medium temperature)

  • 3 flashes: ~203F (high temperature)

  • 4 flashes:~ 208F (very high temperature)

While in programming mode, you can also turn on eco mode to power down to a low energy standby after 30 minutes. 

As a heat exchanger espresso machine the Appartamento TCA is capable of brewing and steaming at the same time. Compared to the original Appartamento, the TCA’s brew temperature flexibility make it a better choice to satisfy a wider range of coffee preferences. The TCA also features an updated, coated copper boiler, which has a better resistance to tarnishing. 

From the exterior Rocket has maintained the circular cutout panels that defined the original Appartamento while introducing several changes to streamline the design. The curved back panel now matches the contour of the feet while the new portafilter is monogrammed with the signature Rocket “R” on the chromed tip. The steam and hot water knobs have increased in size to show off more metal while E61 group features a new angular design unseen on other espresso machines. In a final touch the cup tray has been reimagined to do away with previous plastic cup railing and the back of the machine displays the word “Rocket” in a stripe down the center.

Why You Should Get It

If you’re looking for an undeniably cool espresso machine that delivers barista quality espresso and frothed milk, the Appartamento TCA is an excellent choice. For those who enjoy coffee but aren’t looking to make a full time hobby out of it, this machine threads the needle well, offering just enough control for consistently good shots, but not enough to distract from the charm of the machine.

  • Temperature Control Adjustment

    The namesake of the machine, the temperature control adjustment uses a multi-setting pressurestat and four preset temperatures that can be selected to best suit your preferences for espresso brewing and milk frothing. The LED light communicates the selected temperature when programming the machine.

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  • Signature Style

    Rocket is never one to be outdone when it comes to aesthetics. The Appartamento TCA proudly displays their signature “R” and “Rocket” logo in various places throughout the machine. Its updated housing and new portafilter are a welcome addition to the ensemble but only serve to enhance the iconic look.

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  • Heavy-Duty Boiler

    At the heart of the Appartamento is a 1.8 liter copper boiler, equipped with a 1200 watt heating element. The steel design shows improved resistance to corrosion for longer life. Passive heat from the boiler also heats the removable cup warmer on the top of the Appartamento.

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  • Minimalist Interface

    Keeping with Rocket’s commitment to producing espresso machines unmarred by excessive displays and digital interfaces, the Appartamento TCA uses the LED light to communicate with the barista via color with different colors indicating different operating modes such as programming, brew temperature, and more.

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Property Value
App Connectivity No
Boiler Configuration Heat Exchanger
Number of Boilers 1
Boiler Features Brew & Steam Simultaneously
Brew Boiler Auto-Fill Yes
Brew Boiler Heater Location Internal
Brew Boiler Insulation No
Brew Boiler Material Copper
Brew Boiler Orientation Vertical
Three-Way Valve Manual
Back Flush Capable Yes
Brew Group Material Chrome Plated Brass
Brew Group Size (mm) 58 mm
Brew Group Type E61 (Custom)
Brew Boiler Wattage 1350
Recommended Application Home / Residential
NSF Certified No
Display Type Indicator Lights
Controls and Additional Features Power Light,Pressure Gauge(s)
Pressure Gauges Steam Boiler
Type of Controls Lever
Cup Warmer Material Stainless Steel
Cup Warmer Passively Heated
Drain Line Adaptable (Plumbable) No
Drip Tray Cover Material Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material Stainless Steel
Removable Drip Tray Yes
Portafilter Baskets Included Double,Single
Frame Material Steel
Housing Color White
Housing Material Stainless Steel
Recommended Descaler Type Durgol Swiss Espresso Descaler
Depth (Inches) 17.63
Height (Inches) 14.1
Weight (Lbs) 48.5
Width (Inches) 10.63
Bottomless Portafilter Available Yes
Property Value
Filter Diameter (mm) 58 mm
Portafilter Handle Material Plastic
Portafilter Material Chrome Plated Brass
Number of Portafilters Included 2
Ground, E.S.E., Pod and Capsule Compatibility Ground Coffee
Portafilter Type Commercial Style
Portafilter Weight (lbs) 2 lbs
Portafilter Diameter 58 mm
Adjustable Brew Pressure Yes
Pump Type Vibration
Warranty Service Provider Email
Warranty Service Provider Whole Latte Love
Warranty Service Provider Phone Number 888-411-5282
Manufacturers Warranty Period 3-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
Amps 10 A
Volt 110V-120V (US)
Watts 1350 Watt
Power Cord Length (inches) 60 in
Power Cord Storage No
Steam Boiler Auto-Fill Yes
Steam Boiler Heater Location Internal
Steam Boiler Insulation No
Steam Boiler Orientation Vertical
Steam Boiler Volume (Oz) 60 fl-oz
Steam Boiler Vacuum Relief Valve Yes
Steam Boiler Wattage 1300 Watt
Steam Wand Features No-Burn,Swappable Steam Tips
Steam Tip Hole Count 2
Steam Wand Material Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Movement Type Fully Articulated
Steam Wand Commercial
Water Reservoir Access Location Top
Water Reservoir Capacity 84.53 fl-oz
Water Reservoir Features Removable
Water Reservoir Material Plastic
Water Filter Included No
Water Source Built-In Reservoir

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