Pre-warm the portafilter - put it in a cup of boiled water for a few minutes (make sure the ROK EspressoGC body is warm and not out of a cold cupboard etc).
Warm up your cups with some hot water before you use them also.
The metal parts of the ROK EspressoGC are guaranteed for 10 years. Non metal parts for 2 years.
If a part fails, email us a photo of the part together with proof of purchase and we will post a replacement to you free of charge. Labour charges are not included in the guarantee as all the parts are designed to be easy to fit at home and no specialist skills or tools are needed.
Yes, the portafilter is compatible with your Presso.
Well it could not be easier! Follow these simple steps:
Crema is that lovely foam on the surface of an espresso which is regarded as a sign of good extraction. It's actually an emulsification of oils within the coffee combined with outgassed Carbon Dioxide.
Perhaps the most important factor here is to use freshly roasted coffee as it contains higher levels of CO2.
Arguably the next most important contributor to crema creation is pressure. We recommend our GC model (get the GC Conversion Kit if you have an older Presso or ROK model) used with finely ground coffee. The resistance you feel when pulling down the arms indicates this pressure.
To clean your ROK EspressoGC, simply remove the portafilter by turning to the right, knock out the coffee ‘cake’ into a bin and rinse off any remaining coffee grounds that may be left on the body. Occasionally wash with soapy water but do not put the ROK EspressoGCthrough a dishwasher. The salts will destroy the high quality finish.
Occasionally, you may want to maintain your EspressoGC more thoroughly. See video here.
See how to clean and polish the metal parts here.
This depends a lot on how firmly you press the arms down. In normal usage expect between 5 to 10 bar.
After some time there may be a build up of oily coffee residues on the surface of the silicone screen. This can be solved by cleaning the surfaces with a cloth soaked in warm soapy water.
Follow the step by step video:
Simple. More consistent results, better extraction and easier crema.
Or watch our video below:
No - you will need to have access to hot water. At home this is easy – when travelling maybe just take a thermos flask.
No - you can use any coffee brand you like.
The coffee grind should be specifically for making espressos. The grind should be fine. If it’s coarse, the water will pass through too easily so it won’t create enough pressure. If it's too fine it might be too dense and create too much resistance.
If your are looking for grest grinds we suggest having a look at our ROK GrinderGC.
Yes and no! The ROK EspressoGC began life as the Presso – but now it’s been completely re-tooled with 100% new parts for a sharper feel and it’s crafted from an alloy with 35% more tensile strength. The GC Conversation Kit will upgrade any older PRESSO or ROK.
Of course you can. It's been designed to make a double espresso but using the supplied accessory spout you can make two single espressos.
If the arms are too hard to pull down, STOP. The coffee might be too fine or tamped too densely.
Empty the portafilter and try one of the following:
Each ROK EspressoGC is delivered in its own shipper box w18cm x d18cm x h32cm
Total weight 2.35kg.
The ROK EspressoGC by itself has the following dimensions: w22cm x d13cm x h29cm
If the upstanding teeth on the silicone screen are not matched to the cavities in the body, then it can leak. If you run your finger over the circumference and feel lumps then try refitting it.
See our step-by-step video below:
Watch our unboxing video to get you underway
The wheel may have been over-tightened.
Follow our video to get it operational:
We recommend that you simply knock out old grinds before adding new beans.
If you have disassembled the burrs this will help you:
This shows how to clean the base:
Recently the Dutch food and product safety authority, NVWA advised to ’no longer use bamboo plates’. Ref https://netherlandsnewslive.com/nvwa-advice-no-longer-use-bamboo-plates/89392/
As the ROK W1 Filter uses Bamboo we felt it necessary to set the record straight. In recent years much has been written about Bamboo composite materials and their food safety. We chose Bamboo composite for good reason. Grown sustainably, Bamboo is a great carbon sequestrator, is stable and tough and if it eventually goes to landfill, it degrades naturally and is a good fertiliser due to its high Nitrogen content.
When we first researched this material we questioned its safety as a food contact material. Bamboo composites generally use Melamine as a binding agent. Melamine has been used for a generation for children’s plates and cups as it’s very durable. The latest findings indicated that some Melamine resins may leach Formaldehyde at higher temperatures.
So we set out to find and test a variant that we can be confident in.
The strictest standards are specified in Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and FDA’s CFR 21. Most tests for specific migration use 70 degrees C as a test temperature, but as the W1 Filter may be exposed to 100 degrees we specified our own test to meet and exceed a ‘foreseeable use’. We decided on 100 degrees C for 30 mins. Basically, boiling the filter in slightly acid water for 30 mins, then testing for any leaching. The permissible amount of Formaldehyde is 15 mg/kg. Our test result was thirty times less at 0.1 mg/kg. This gave us the confidence to continue with this material.
We always strive to help people craft the best coffee possible.
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