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Espresso makers come in all shapes and sizes and although the ROK EspressoGC might look like a giant bottle opener, it has a real charm about it and deserves pride of place in the kitchen, made from a robust, high-strength metal alloy that is guaranteed for ten years.

The tamper and splitter are made from plastic which isn’t ideal and doesn’t hold the same quality as the rest of the machine so you might want to hide them in the draw. The ROK is 100% manual, this means it can travel with you but you will need a flat surface to operate, it can come camping as long as there is a little table to use, hot water will obviously also need to be available.

It is easy to use, simply add the coffee grounds to the stainless-steel filter, lock it into the main body and add hot water before hand-pulling your shot by pressing down on the two handles. This is a two-handed job and requires a degree of pressure, it isn’t too taxing but might put some people off especially first thing in the morning, on the plus side it counts towards your daily exercise.

Once the shot is pulled you can then add foamed milk, steamed milk, hot water or simply drink it as a single shot like a hardcore Italian. The re-engineered pressure chamber now delivers twice the performance using BPA-free glass composites and results in a good extraction with crema with minimal effort, free from electricity, pods, capsules and filters it saves on energy and single use waste.

The two handles can easily provide enough pressure to pull the espresso, it will need preheating, this should take just a few minutes and it is worth doing to avoid losing too much temperature during the process. The ROK EspressoGC is going to appeal to those who are happy to put in a bit of time to find the best combination of methods to get that perfect espresso, there is certainly a learning curve with this machine but once you have the technique down the espresso produced is well worth the effort.

RRP £149.00

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This machine requires a degree of dedication in the beginning, but coffee fans will be rewarded for their efforts.
  • Excellent espresso with crema
  • Stylish design
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Portable
  • Eco friendly
  • There is a learning curve
  • Preheating is essential
  • Plastic components should be upgraded
  • Requires physical pressure