SiempreTuParceroMike wrote:After lots and lots of reading, I had been set on upgrading to a Fiorenzato F4E Nano V2. I was planning to order it as soon the next paycheck came in!
However, as of a few hours ago the Rocket Fausto has caught my eye and I'm wondering (yet again) if I shouldn't just bite the bullet and spend a wee bit more.
The questions I would love answered are these:
1) How much difference in the cup am I going to *really* notice? Either grinder will be a big upgrade for me and they're both considered to be very good options at my price point.
2) Is the $200 price difference simply due to the Fausto's larger burrs? I don't feel the need to spend an extra few hundred just to wait 10-15 seconds less.
I have the F4 and if you can swing for the Rocket I would. My main issue which the rocket doesn't seem to suffer from is in making tiny adjustments to the grind, the collar on the F4 is hard to turn and you can end up overshooting your adjustment. It seems the Rocket won't have this issue as it has the ability to tighten and loosen to adjust the grind.
I would also say that cleaning the F4 is a bit of a hassle, you have to pull everything apart and dump it out, not sure if this is the case with all grinders but it's a bit of a pain. Switching beans usually means I just let one run into the other otherwise I end up wasting a lot, not ideal. I've heard of people single dosing with the F4 but I haven't had much luck, it really likes to popcorn when there isn't any beans weighing it down.
I can't speak to difference in the cup, but I went from the encore to the F4 and it was an entire world of difference in the cup, ie I wasn't making espresso before.
I will say that once I get the F4 dialed in it doesn't move and there is virtually no clumping.