Rocket Espresso Appartamento | Copper & Brass Components | 58mm E61 Group Head
Rocket Espresso Appartamento
The Rocket Espresso Appartamento offers café drink quality and commercial components in a tidy 304 Stainless Steel body for the perfect at-home espresso experience.
The Rocket Espresso Appartamento leverages a high-performance E61 group head. The E61 group head is the gold standard when it comes to ensuring temperature stability which contributes to pulling beautiful shots of espresso, rich, aromatic, with thick crema.
Rocket Apartamento Features:
E61 Group Head
Built by Hand
304 Stainless Steel
1.8 Litter Copper Boiler: The 1.8 liter copper heat exchange boiler in the Appartamento allows for the simultaneous brewing of espresso and steaming of milk, thanks to its efficient heat exchange system. The copper material also has natural antimicrobial properties, promoting better sanitation.
Black Boiler Pressure Gauge: The Rocket Espresso Appartamento features a black boiler pressure gauge that indicates when it's ready for use, eliminating the need to guess.
No-burn Hot Water and Steam Wands: The Appartamento is also designed with safety in mind, featuring no-burn hot water and steam wands that stay cool to the touch, reducing the risk of burns.
2-Hole Steam Tip Wand: The steam tip on the wand is designed to distribute heat evenly and create a beautiful microfoam for lattes.
2.25 Liter Water Tank: The Rocket Appartamento comes with a large 2.25 liter water tank that is easy to refill.
Cup Warmer with Removable Plastic Cup Guard: The Rocket Appartamento has a cup warmer with a removable plastic cup guard to keep cups warm, prevents them from sliding off, and can be removed for cleaning or to create more space.
Quality Build: High-quality external and internal parts to ensure a long-lasting machine that needs little maintenance.
Stable Brew head: High-performance E61 group head to ensure temperature stability for the perfect shot.
Handmade in Italy: Rocket’s small team of craftsmen produces both premium domestic and commercial espresso machines, beautifully made with meticulous care and attention to detail.
Portafilter: 58mm portafilter that supports all your standard puck preparation tools and filters.
3 (Three) Year Warranty: We're proud to offer three years of parts and labor support for every Rocket machine purchase.
Plumbing: Rocket Espresso Giotto Type V and Appartamento do not come with a plumbing option.
Small Drip Tray: Rocket Espresso Giotto Type V and Appartamento have
smaller drip trays that need to be dumped often.
No PID Controller: The Rocket Appartamento lacks the superior temperature stability is comparison to the Giotto Type V.
Pressure Gauges: The Appartamento does not have brew and steam pressure gauges in comparison to the Giotto Type V.
Quality Materials Meant To Last
Rocket Espresso machines are made by hand in Italy; built using the finest components like 304 Stainless Steel external body and commercial grade internal brass components.
Why Choose a Rocket Espresso Machine?
What really sets the Appartamento from other models and manufacturers in a similar price range is its build quality. The 304 Stainless Steel body, internal commercial-grade Brass Components, and Brass/Copper boiler material are what sets it apart.
- Aluminum Tamper
- Polishing Cloth
- Brew Head Brush
- Starter Cleaner Chemical
- Single + Dual Spout Portafilter
- 14g + 7g basket
- Blind Basket for cleaning
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Rocket Espresso Questions
How long are Rocket Espresso machines expected to last with proper use and care?
Prosumer-class espresso machines, such as those made with heavy-duty materials like stainless steel, copper, and brass, are known for their durability and long lifespan. Rocket Espresso machines can last for 15+ years
if properly maintained and serviced according to the owner's manual.
However, many people may not reach the full potential of the machine's lifespan due to the tendency to upgrade or replace it before it reaches its "expiration
date." It's worth noting that commercial-class Italian machines from the 60s and 70s are still in use today after being restored to like-new condition.
Rocket Espresso machines are made in small factories in Italy, mostly by hand, and are built to last as long as proper care and maintenance are maintained.
What is an Espresso PID Controller?
Temperature stability is crucial for brewing coffee, and different brew methods and roasts require different temperatures.
The Rocket Espresso Giotto Type V features a PID controller, short for Proportional-Integral Derivative, which helps to ensure temperature stability in the espresso machine. These controllers use the PID algorithm to determine the best way to control the temperature in the machine and are more accurate than traditional thermostat-based espresso machines. They also allow you to directly control the temperature of the machine and are usually visible on the machine with control buttons to increase or decrease the brewing temperature. This feature is particularly useful for home baristas who like to experiment with different roasts and temperatures.
What is the difference between the Giotto Type V and the Appartamento?
There are some key differences when comparing the Rocket Espresso Appartamento to the Giotto Type V.
One of the main differences is that the Type V has both brew and steam pressure gauges, while the Appartamento does not. Having a brew gauge allows you to see the bar count during extraction, which can help you understand what you're doing right and wrong, and adjust your grind, dosage, and tamp pressure as needed.
The Type V also has PID temperature control, which allows you to control the temperature in the boiler with the touch of a button, while the Appartamento does not. Additionally, the Type V's boiler is insulated, which makes the machine quieter, provides better thermal stability, and protects the boiler. The Appartamento's boiler is not insulated, but Rocket Espresso can provide you with a recommendation on how to manually insulate it.
Other differences include the Type V having a shot timer and the Appartamento does not.
Which machine is right for you?
Consider how much control you want over the making of your drinks, and whether you want extra room to experiment or customize. Experienced baristas and aficionados may appreciate the advanced features such as the PID controller and combination of group and pressure gauges on the Giotto Type V, while beginners or those looking for something more basic may find the Appartamento to be sufficient. Remember to also take the budget into account when making your final decision. The Giotto Type V is the more advanced machine, but ultimately, it's important to choose the machine that fits your specific needs, budget, and preferences.
What type of water should be used in your espresso machine?
To minimize scale buildup and ensure a good taste, it's best to use filtered or bottled water in your espresso machine. However, using RO (reverse osmosis) or distilled water is not recommended, as these types of water lack the necessary minerals for a delicious shot and may cause problems with the machine's water sensor.
Where are Rocket Espresso Machines manufactured?
All Rocket espresso machines, including the Appartamento, are hand-built in Italy!
How do you descale your Rocket Espresso machine?
Descaling is an important part of maintaining your Rocket Espresso machine, but it should be done with caution. If not done properly, regular descaling can lead to damage of the group head and void your warranty. To avoid this, it is recommended to clean and maintain your machine regularly, and have it descaled by a professional technician. This way, you can ensure that the descaling process will not cause any damage to the machine.
What outlet does the Rocket Appartamento use?
The Rocket Espresso Giotti Type V uyses a standard 110V plug.
What kind of pump does the Rocket Espresso Appartamento use?
This machine uses a vibratory pump.
What makes the E61 group head so special?
The E-61 group is a feature that provides consistency and enhances the flavor of the espresso. It circulates hot water through the boiler and group head continuously, maintaining the appropriate brew temperature range at the group head. Additionally, its automatic pre-infusion function saturates the coffee in the group head when you start extraction, leading to a more evenly extracted and refined flavor profile. The best part is that this feature operates on its own, so it does not require any special actions from the user to benefit from its performance. This is the result of good design.
What size baskets come with the Rocket Espresso Appartamento?
The Rocket Espresso Giotto Type V machine comes equipped with a single spout and double spout portafilter that includes both 14g and 7g baskets. However, for an improved performance, it is recommended to upgrade to a VST 18g or 20g basket.
Read a review of the Appartamento
Read Roasty Coffee's review and unboxing of the Rocket Appartamento
What it Covers: Rocket Espresso home machines and grinders
- Espresso Machines: 3 years parts and labor
- Grinders: 1 year parts and labor
User Manual: Rocket Espresso User Manual
Care and Maintenance
- Brush the brew head filter daily.
- Perform a weekly backflush.
- Soap out the drip tray and water reservoir weekly.
About Rocket Espresso
Rocket Espresso produces the finest espresso machines in the tradition of ‘Fatto a Mano’ translated to, ‘made by hand’.
Rocket Espresso's small team of craftsmen produce both premium domestic and commercial espresso machines, beautifully made with meticulous care and attention to detail.
More importantly, Rocket Espresso machines will deliver the finest espresso in the cup, time after time.
A partnership between New Zealander Andrew Meo and Italian Daniele Berenbruch who brought philosophies from opposing sides of the world into their Milan factory to make the best espresso machines, each model designed to meet the needs of today’s most exacting espresso customer.
A Christmas Hit!
I gave my family a Rocket Appartmento espresso machine for Christmas and it was a hit! Even though I don't drink coffee, I trusted a friend's recommendation and it turned out to be a great choice. My husband and daughters are still thanking me for it.
The Perfect Espresso!
I had been considering this machine for over a year, but was hesitant due to my lack of experience. Eventually I decided to go for it and I'm glad I did. The Appartamento, paired with the Baratza Sette 270 grinder and my favorite Coffee Bros. beans, has resulted in a great espresso experience.
Built to last!
The Appartamento exceeded my expectations on my first day of use. I was able to make caf�-quality espresso drinks with ease. This machine is built to last and I look forward to using it for years to come.
Not cheap but worth it.
This machine may not be inexpensive, but the quality of the coffee it produces is well worth the investment. The improvement in taste is significant compared to less expensive options.
Hard to keep clean but worth it!
Despite the occasional cleaning challenges, this machine consistently delivers fast, high-quality espresso shots. It heats up quickly, making it a reliable choice for those who want consistent results.