In case you haven’t had an opportunity to unbox a ROK espresso maker for yourself, our mate Scott has created a little taster for you. Check the video to see the ROK unboxed and used to make delicious espresso. You’ll also see cameos from the ROK grinder, Top Shed Tow Ball tamper and Top Shed coffee.
Where to buy ROK espresso maker:
New Zealand: https://presso.co.nz/rok
A well-made espresso is photogenic and I often share pictures of my brews on social media. Admittedly, it’s easier to pull nice looking shots of espresso on the ROK espresso maker when you use super-fresh, high-quality beans. A more budget-conscious coffee drinker who buys less fancy beans from the local supermarket may end up producing coffee that’s not as photogenic (for what it’s worth) as the ones I put up on Instagram. I’m often asked by ROK users why their espresso doesn’t look like mine. It’s probably a bit short-sighted of me to just encourage folks to buy better beans, but that’s often my first response. Obviously, it’s not only about the beans, but also method and equipment play a big part.
A common criticism levelled at the ROK espresso maker is that it can’t produce crema. In almost all cases we’ve dealt with, the issue turned out to be the grinder. If your grind setting is off, or your grinder won’t grind fine enough, you won’t get the espresso you’re looking for from the ROK. Here are 25 videos of folks who have figured that out.
Our talented mate, Scott, has put together another unplugged coffee masterpiece. Check out this video of Scott and his family doing the off-the-grid, unplugged coffee thing, the way it’s meant to be done. Pack up your coffee kit and get out in the world. You’ll see cameos from the ROK espresso maker, Handpresso, Minipresso and a Porlex grinder.
This is the kit I pull out of the cupboard each morning to make coffee. Obviously I don’t brew manually because it’s convenient. There’s lots of bits and pieces and nothing is automated. Some folks would look at all this gear and write it off as being too complicated.
I love all the various bits and pieces. I continue to expand my collection of manual coffee brewing equipment. I’ll admit, that I have a job which makes accumulating gear very easy and inexpensive. For someone who doesn’t have a job like mine, for under a hundred bucks, you can get a manual coffee kit including: Aeropress coffee maker, Porlex coffee grinder and a bag of fresh beans. The kit in my photo above probably costs closer to $450. That might sound like a lot, but if you compared the cost of decent electric espresso makers and grinders, plus accessories, $450 is a bargain. The obvious advantage to manual gear is that you can take it anywhere, so there’s no compromise when you’re making coffee while camping.
How do you move a pallet of ROK espresso makers at Espresso Unplugged HQ? You rally the troops and fire up the tractor.
I loved getting these photos from Greg this morning after he didn’t answer my phone call. The photos said it all – “Mate, I can’t take your call, I’m on a bloody tractor”. It seems like there’s always something out of the ordinary happening up at the farm.
Like most online businesses, we don’t get many opportunities to meet folks outside of an email inbox. As a result, when someone suggests we do another coffee pop-up, we don’t need much convincing. Not only do we really enjoy getting away from our computers and the warehouse, we love meeting folks face to face and talking about coffee.
From time to time we get requests for various Presso and ROK odds and ends. So we’ve put together another parts kit which includes the most commonly requested parts that aren’t already in our refurbishment kits.
Here’s what’s in the kit:
2 x Gear Right (Part 9)
2 x Gear Left (Part 10)
1 x Upper pivot stud – front (Part 16)
1 x Upper pivot stud – back (Part 17)
4 x Custom shoulder bolt (Part 18)
2 x Base Screw (Part 19)
2 x Bayonet screw (Part 20)
2 x Roll coiled pin (Part 21)
4 x Body nylon brush (Part 22)
4 x Link arm nylon brush (Part 23)
New Zealand: https://presso.co.nz/rok-and-presso-nuts-and-bolts
USA / International: https://espressounplugged.com/rok-and-presso-nuts-and-bolts
Photo credit: Elly Jackman
“Great coffee, anywhere” – Yes, it’s a marketing strap line, but it’s one we live by. We don’t just sell manual, portable coffee gear – we use and love it at home, on the road, camping – you name it. We’d all be looking for other jobs if we sold stuff we didn’t believe in – we’d get bored and probably go out of business.
It’s incredibly satisfying for us when we hear from customers who love our coffee gear as much as we do. Even more satisfying is seeing people getting out of the kitchen and taking their gear on the road. That’s what we’re all about.