Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nerdy Bird; Rocket Espresso V2

New V2 of the popular Premium Plus and Evoluzione models

The first post from the Coffee Channel, Nerdy Bird!

General
Rocket Espresso have officially launched their second version, V2, of the popular Premium Plus and Evoluzione espresso machines. NOTE: Rocket does produce three overall consumer HX (HX = One boiler, that enables brewing and steaming simultaneously) espresso machines; Classic, Premium Plus and the Evoluzione, where only two of the bunch is being relaunched. The two optimized espresso machines represents the middle and higher end of the Rocket HX selection.


Desricption of the new improvements on Premium Plus and Evoluzione

What has been changed/optimized?
In general some things have been optimized for both the Premium Plus and Evoluzione model, such as an replacement of the included tamper.

  • In many Coffee forums Rocket espresso machines had a strong reputation, because of their quality, performance and stunning looks. These three major factors were in reach for the consumer for a small fortune, compared to others alternatives on the market, who didn't reach Rockets superior design. Nevertheless many mocking post regarding Rocket espresso machines, was about their included tamper, cause a great machine should include a great tamper, but until this newly launched V2, only a useless plastic tamper has been included. So what can the coffee society mock Rocket for now? 

1,8L HX-boiler wrapped in an insulating blanket, both models

Another optimization is the isolated boiler, which increases the thermal stability by 30% and energy savings by 22%. This is indeed a very impressing feature, cause if the thermal stability has increased 30% it will mean more stabile shots and steaming capacity. Likewise an increased efficiently of 30%, would be an experience of a total new and indeed improved machine; hope one day CC will be able to make a full review.  

Premium Plus v2 (both cellini and giotto design)
The Premium Plus version always had only one manometer, because then there would be a more distinctive difference between the Premium Plus and Evoluzione. Likewise I have read online, that the extra manometer, measuring the boiler pressure is only relevant when pluming your espresso machine, which the middle class Premium Plus v1 nor v2 allows. So is this really necessary? Hmm, well I have never plumbed an espresso machine before, so Im not certain so I will leave it hanging there.

Evoluzione v2 (both cellini and giotto design)
The Evoluzione has got a new design layout regarding the attached manometers, which always has been white/cream/yellow - matching the stainless steel goldish finish -, but now it has been colored black. Whether this suites your taste I can't predict, but I´d liked both of the designs, so I wish consumers could choose from different colors; but this is of course applied, so there is a visual difference between the Premium Plus and Evoluzione version.

The Evoluzione model should also have experienced an internal restructuring of the components leaving a more quiet performance, when using the rotary pump. This redesign of the internal architectonical components are nowhere to be found online, so I can't clarify what Rocket exactly have optimized, but if its true, its amazing!


Front of the Premium Plus Evoluzione

Should I buy the V1 or wait for the V2?
If you are looking for a serious espresso machine that would meet all your expectations and further, a Rocket would be my best suggestion, if economy also have a saying. Right now the v1 Rocket machines are being set on sale, leaving you up for a possible bargain. I have heard rumors off a price drop of up to $400 for the v1 machines, which is an extreme cheap price considering the machine you end up with! BUT would you rather save $400 or have a more efficient machine?

Thats the essential question! If I were to choose between the two versions, the extra manometer wouldn't have an effect, but the isolated boiler with the huge energy saving and performance stability would. Combine that with a proper metal tamper, which also would cost sufficient if it were to be bought aside - I definitely would choose the v2!

A little Nerdy Bird info - many forums debating this specific subject is suggesting that the isolation of the boiler could be done cheap and easy yourself, so maybe you would prefer the v1?


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// Nerdy Bird

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