Who are Rocket?
Rocket are the market leader for premium grade domestic espresso machines, designed to produce artisan quality coffee for the home or office. They are classic Italian designed espresso machines, constructed from steel and finished in chrome. Rocket machines are known as pro-sumer (commercial grade for domestic use), delivering coffee for domestic use, that's as close to commercial grade as you will find at this level. Handmade in Milan, these E61 manual lever machines combine stylish minimalist design and great temperature stability for perfect espresso.
What is the Rocket Cronometro Type V?
The Cronometro Giotto Type V (2020) - HX (Heat Exchanger) is Rocket’s mid range domestic machine; a little more feature rich than the Appartamento model. It's an HX (Heat Exchanger), but comes housed in a slightly larger body, has a metal cup frame, includes a front facing shot timer and dual gauges for boiler and group head pressures.
Who is it suited to?
The Cronometro V is really geared towards people wanting to drink great coffee in the home or office, but want a little more than the basic compact machine. It's aimed at those wanting to replicate cafe quality coffee, that are not limited by the additional height (It's small but it matters). If you are looking to upgrade from the likes of a Sage, Gaggia Classic, Di-Longhi or similar, this is an excellent choice and will deliver much (MUCH) better results.
How does it differ from the other Cronometro models?
This version is for the Giotto design, which is the diamond sides design. The 'V' stands for Vibration Pump, while the other more expensive model is the 'R' which is the Rotary Pump version. Finally, the 'V' version only has an internal reservoir, so does not offer the ability to link to a mains water connection.
How is it better than what I have already?
It's an HX (Heat Exchanger), which means it's a huge jump up in quality from the likes of a Gaggia Classic, Rancilio Silvia, Dualit, Di-Longhi etc. All these machines are single boiler 'cycle' machines, so they suffer from poor temperature and pressure stability - essential for brewing good espresso. The HX design supports excellent temperature & pressure, so it can brew espresso and steam milk accurately and at the same time without missing a beat.
The design is further enhanced by the E61 group head, which is the large curved piece of metal at the front of the machine (weighing approx 5.1KG), which is what drives it's solid temperature stability. Together, the HX boiler and E61 group help deliver rich, silky espresso that is much higher in quality than any cycle machine.
What is the build quality like?
The Cronometro is built like a tank. It weighs around 23KG, so it's reassuringly heavy. The unit is housed around a sold stainless steel chassis, so it's very stable. The attention to detail is exceptional, with excellent finish both inside and outside the machine. It has beautiful clean lines across it's production, which give it a luxury feel.
How do I use it?
Once the reservoir is filled up, it takes around 12 mins to get fully up to temperature (20 if you want to see full heat transfer across the entire machine). It's a manual activated machine, meaning you have to manually pull the lever up to start the shot and down to end it. It's also a stand alone machine, so you need a separate grinder to run alongside it (See HERE). It has separate (cool to touch) steam wand for steaming milk and hot water tap for topping up black coffees.
What do I get included?
Inside the box you will also find: Single & dual portafilters, single, double & blank baskets, high quality Rocket metal tamper, micro-fibre cloth, group cleaning brush and training / manual CD.
The Cronometro Type V (2020) - HX comes with a 2 year back to base warranty (domestic use only) with Machina. Please see our terms and conditions page for further information.
For more information on specification and features, please contact us