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 Epica?
The Epica Precision is the latest high end home espresso machine from Rocket Espresso.
Building on the pressure profiling technology of the mighty R9 ONE with a nod to the tradition of manual lever machines, the Epica is a technical feat that’s inspired by the past while looking firmly to the future of espresso at home.
It’s a dual boiler, with the thermal stability of a fully saturated commercial group-head and an anti-burn cool to touch steam wand. You also have the choice between using an internal water reservoir or plumbing into your mains water supply.
The dials are both on the right hand side of the machine, with the steam wand and hot water tap both being housed on the left hand side of the machine to cater for the space required for touch screen access.
It’s aesthetically pleasing, housed in a stainless steel body, with gorgeous vintage-inspired body panelling accented by beautiful walnut wooden handles.
Who is it suited to?
The Epica Precision is designed for those who want precise control over the espresso making process, with classic tastes and sensibilities. In a callback to a more tactile era, this machine is fully manual and made for those who value style as much as a function.
What is the build quality like?
The Epica Precision is sleek yet sturdy, weighing in at around 42kg. The unit is housed around a solid 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 vintage-inspired panelling and wooden accents throughout.
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). This machine is fully manual, and activated in the tradition of a vertical lever. Pull down on the lever to full the saturated group with water, then release upwards to activate your shot.
It has the capacity to add pre-infusion and change the pressure of each shot across a series of points during the extraction process, which appears as a graph on the touch screen as you carry out the extraction, by adjusting the position of the lever. The level of detail in the touch screen is amazing, across dual PID, language, group power on/off, pressure profiling settings and reservoir / main water choice etc.
It's a stand alone machine, so you need a separate grinder to run alongside it (See HERE). We highly recommend a grinder that has 65mm burrs, as the EPICA is capable of extracting amazing quality, and as such requires a high quality grinder capable that can match the EPICA’s performance.
What Rocket say:
Just when the world thought that espresso in the home could get no better, Rocket Espresso release EPICA.
Vintage inspired body paneling, manual control lever machine that combines the best of tradition with industry leading technology and performance.
Fully saturated group, with manual control of pressure through the lever for pre and post ramping of pump pressure, and a service boiler of 3.6 litres.
EPICA. Superlative precision and control for baristas with an appreciation for style, and function in equal measure.
Why buy from us?
We are an official Rocket dealership (9 years), providing genuine full 2 year warranties. We carry all parts for repair / service and do all our own technical support in-house - not outsourced.
We offer a fair and informative service, where we will guide you on the right machine for you, not just the most expensive.
All machines are re-tested before they leave us, so that we know 100% that they are in perfect working and aesthetic condition when they reach you. Factory testing is good quality, but these machines come delivered in trucks from Milan to the UK, where they go through considerable movement along the way.
The Epica warranty:
The Rocket Espresso EPICA Precision comes with a standard 2 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