Rocket Espresso R Cinquantotto Overview
The Rocket R Cinquantotto, an update on the ever popular R58, is a dual boiler espresso machine, with a dual PID system controlled by a removable touchscreen display. Each boiler uses a dedicated PID to regulate the temperatures within each, and allow you to make adjustments to accommodate different roast profiles. Updated cup railings, legs, side panels, and the inclusion of shot timer are much appreciated updates to Rocket's signature dual boiler machine.
Features and Performance
Rather than integrating the PID into the front of the R Cinquantotto, Rocket opted to create a touchscreen device which can be removed from the side of the machine as desired. The touchscreen device is a lot more than a PID controller, however. With it in place, you can turn off the steam boiler, set on/off times for different days of the week, turn on ECO mode to save power, and switch between the water tank or a direct water line connection. Separate from the PID, a subtle shot timer is located directly above the power switch, and will begin counting when the brew lever is engaged.
At its heart, the R Cinquantotto features a 0.58 L brew boiler and 1.8 L steam boiler, which pump out shot after shot and fuel a powerful steam wand. Said steam wand is no-burn, along with its hot water counterpart.
As on their other machines, the E61 present on the R Cinquantotto features Rocket’s innovative dual pre-infusion system, which utilizes a static chamber as well as a mechanical working piston which progressively pre-infuses to ensure a fully saturated, crema-rich extraction. The R Cinquantotto also features a commercial-grade rotary pump, which, on top of being incredibly quiet, offers the option to plumb the machine directly into a water line.
Why You Should Get It
This rock ‘em sock ‘em Rocket won’t let you down. It’s reliable, innovative and thoughtfully designed. The touchscreen display is a knockout addition, letting you control boiler temperatures with precision, turn off the steam boiler if you like, set on/off times for each day of the week, and a lot more.