Experts and users say the ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker is easy and intuitive to use, producing excellent espresso with a rich, velvety crema. You'll need a bit of practice, but once you master the technique, the results are very consistent, and you can tweak the brew to suit your specific taste preferences. Owners say this espresso maker is very attractive and well-built, and most say it's highly durable.
Included frother offers versatility. The ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker is a fairly basic tool that uses a lever-type action to press the boiling water through the grounds, extracting the maximum amount of flavor. Anyway, that's the theory; in actuality it takes some practice to get it just right. You may need to experiment with grind, water temperature and the exact amount of pressure. However, reviewers say that once you get it right, this espresso maker produces a delicious, rich brew. In addition, it includes a frother that allows you to make milk-added beverages like lattes and cappuccinos. Some suggest that the included tamper is only so-so and recommend upgrading. You'll also need a good burr-style coffee grinder.
Easy is as easy does. It's hard to separate ease of use from performance with the ROK Manual Espresso Maker. Technically, it's very easy to use, but it has a definite learning curve that, as we mentioned above, has a big effect on performance. You also need to be patient -- it can take up to 15 minutes or so to make one shot of espresso. However, the ROK is very easy to clean, users say, and they love the included storage tin. The base has rubber, slip-resistant legs so you don't have to worry about the espresso maker shooting across the counter when you apply pressure.
Will last for years. The ROK Manual Espresso Maker boasts high-quality construction that's made to last for many years -- and ROK backs that up with a 10-year warranty. Customer service also earns high praise for its responsiveness. Users say the ROK is very attractive and modern-looking and that it doesn't take up much space. The ROK espresso maker is available in stainless, black, berry and copper, but not all colors are available at all retail sites, so, if you want a specific color, you may need to shop around.
Editors of Cook's Illustrated test three manual espresso makers, including the ROK manual Espresso Maker. All espresso makers are evaluated for flavor, cleanup and function. Although this is an older review, the ROK's construction or features have not changed since it was published.
In roughly 175 reviews, the ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker earns an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Most love it, saying it makes the best espresso ever and they like the endless customization and that it needs no electricity. A few say they simply can't master the learning curve.
There's just under 15 reviews at this coffee enthusiast site, but all love the ROK Espresso Maker, giving it a perfect 5-star rating. They say its simple design makes a delicious cup of espresso once you master the learning curve. There are almost no negative comments here.
In this extremely informative review, Aaron Frey thoroughly tests the ROK Manual Espresso Maker. He includes a number of helpful tweaks and suggestions for getting the ultimate in performance.