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Rocket Giotto Cronometro Evoluzione R w/ PID and Timer Review

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The Rocket Giotto Cronometro Evoluzione machine may have a higher price tag than its competition, but is it worth it?

Many users believe the machine provides commercial quality in a classy domestic package. When it comes to aesthetics, this is one of the most beautiful machines out there. 

When used with a top-quality coffee grinder, you’ll have an amazing-tasting espresso in front of you, not forgetting the variety of espresso-based drinks that this machine can create, from lattes to Americanos to cappuccinos to flat whites and more. 

Besides its great classy looks, the machine also has an E61 group made from top-grade AISI 304 stainless steel, features a heat exchanger, and has a sturdy brass end plate that supports heat retention and thermal stability. This finely crafted machine has everything to admire in an espresso machine, but let’s look closely.

Overview of the Rocket Giotto Cronometro

First off, there are a few things to clarify. Introducing different models and subtypes can leave buyers needing clarification. Let’s provide some clarification about the basics of this model of Rocket coffee machines. The Rocket Evoluzione is available in four variations. Giotto and Mozzafiato are used to qualify the shapes of the sides. 

In other words, the Giotto model has beautiful angled sides, and the Mozzafiatos have more classic sides. The R and V models have more visible internal differences, including vibratory (V) or rotary pump (R). This review focuses on the R-type of the machine.

Rocket Giotto - Right out of the box

The Rocket Giotto Cronometro Espresso Machine is packaged in a large box, and when it is torn open, it comes with the following:

  • The Rocket Giotto Cronometro machine
  • One user manual
  • 1 DVD explaining the processes involved in making the right espresso with the Rocket 
  • One microfiber cloth
  • One scoop
  • One single spout and one double spout
  • One drip tray
  • 1 cleaning brush
  • 1 espresso tamper

Great package, but so is the price of this machine. So the machine must be special, right? Well, then, let’s dive deeper into this. 

Operating this machine does not require much setup process. However, you’ll need a nice coffee grinder and fresh espresso beans to ensure that you’re putting good stuff into the machine to get the nice property out. 

Why choose the Rocket Giotto?

Whether you’re making coffee at home for just yourself or a small group of people, a Rocket Giotto is an amazing choice as it brews incredible espresso, and it’s a true workhorse. While there are larger espresso machines for this purpose, nothing beats the class and elegance of Giotto. 

However, if you’re planning to use it in a large office environment, there may be better choices than the Giotto, as it is more suited to domestic and small home residencies. 

With sufficient space and budget, the Giotto will be an amazing option for a home espresso machine.

Rocket Giotto – Specifications

At the lower part of the machine are two easy-to-read meters displaying the pressure of the brew heads and the steam boiler, respectively.  These indicate the condition of your Rocket Giotto with accurate bar pressure measurements that’ll help you get the right brew.  The tanks accommodate 2.9 L of water and feature a low water level indicator that alerts when the water level is low.  After filtering the water tank at the top of the machine, open the steam valve, turn on the indicator button (on the left side), and wait. 

The steam valve should be opened as it’s an empty air chamber that must release the air pressure inside when the water is boiled. Remember to open the steam valve, or else it may be disastrous. This should be done only once, with the first time start-up; afterwards, it’s fine.  The Rocket Giotto Cronometro Machine features a heat exchanger, meaning streaming and brewing can be done simultaneously (reason for the HX). The machine has a larger boiler that supports quick steaming. Next, grind the coffee directly in the sprout, and be sure to press it properly with the tamper and screw the spout on this machine.  Prepare two shots, pull the handle on the sides and watch how this machine works its magic.  After filling the shot, press back the handle, and that’s all.  A side screw is attached to The Rocket HX Espresso Machine to froth the milk while brewing the espresso.

Coffee Machine Maintenance

As with every prosumer espresso machine, maintenance is an important step to take seriously. However, HX machines are usually easy to maintain because they have fewer parts. The E61 group head is common. So it’s easier to find spare parts and expert technicians if anything goes wrong. At Coffee Complex, we offer expert coffee machine servicing in Adelaide.

The interior of the Rocket Giotto is made with commercial-grade stainless steel parts. They’re properly designed to prevent moisture damage. 

Use filtered water and always add water softener if you live in places with hard water. Be sure to backflush with water regularly and use cleaning solutions occasionally.

Final verdicts

The Rocket Giotto Evoluzione Cronometro is an amazing heat exchanger espresso machine with incredible features that puts it ahead of others in its range. 

This rocket has it all. The only issue can be its price. 

If you love the beautiful aesthetics of this Rocket espresso and don’t mind paying extra for a gorgeous look, you’ll enjoy welcoming this beautiful coffee machine to your home. Your only worry would be resisting the urge to drink coffee all day.

Are you looking to purchase this coffee machine in Adelaide? Click here to purchase the Rocket Giotto Cronometro Evoluzione R Coffee Machine.

About The Author

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Anthony Maione

Anthony is a coffee machine sales and repairs specialist living in Adelaide, South Australia. He has spent the last 14 years staying at the forefront of the coffee machine industry. He has sold hundreds of home and office coffee machines throughout all of South Australia and has also repaired countless machines.

Occupation: General Manager, Coffee Complex
Lives in: Adelaide, South Australia

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