Thanks to our mates at our sister business, Presso Canada, the Top Shed “Tow Ball” tamper for ROK and Presso espresso makers is now available in Canada. Click for more details:
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.
With a bottomless portafilter, you want to see the coffee extract evenly across the basket, and for the pour to coalesce into a single stream. These are signs that your grind setting and tamping are on the money. Hit slow motion and drop in a funky soundtrack and you’ve got yourself some classic coffee porn.
This photo won’t impress the average coffee geek and I’m not about to win any latte art competitions, but for me it was a minor miracle. I’ve poured a heart before, but this morning might have been one of the first times I’ve poured two hearts in a row. Why is that a big deal for me? Typically I would have poured a heart and then, much to my frustration, followed with some sort of blobby wombat (my son is great at identifying shapes in my latte art). For two years I’ve been using the Bellman milk steamer and while I believed I understood the fundamentals of milk steaming, it has taken this long to begin to consistently apply the knowledge. Continue reading
How to change parts and restore your ROK or Presso Espresso Maker.
The ROK espresso maker is designed to make any parts replacements easy. Whether you’re just replacing the plastic plunger, o-ring or cylinder, or doing a full refurbishment, there’s no need to be daunted by the process.
We enlisted our good mate, Scott, to put together this video, which shows just how straight forward it can be to refurbish your ROK (or Presso) with our refurbishment and nuts & bolts kits.
Scott calls the video “ROK”storation.
Find our parts and kits here:
Australia: ROK parts, Presso Parts
New Zealand: ROK parts, Presso Parts
USA/International: ROK parts, Presso Parts
Canada: ROK parts, Presso Parts
This is a great end-to-end video of the ROK espresso brewing process. The only things I would add are: 1. Run hot water through the ROK after you’ve finished to flush out any residual grounds and oils. 2. Remove the white filter screen and dry thoroughly before putting the ROK away.
Video credit: Максим Рязанов
Where to buy ROK espresso maker:
New Zealand: https://presso.co.nz/rok