Agathorn wrote:I know the smart choice would be the Bianca but I also like the Rocket. Do you consider the flow profiling to be better or equal on the Bianca then to the R nine one? On paper...R nine one has pressure profiling and perhaps a less direct/responsive impact on the shot when adjusting compared to the Bianca? A purchase like this has to feal good as well as make sense. But if the Rocket R Nine One is clearly inferior to the Bianca I guess I'll go with the Bianca in the end.
You must have read my review? The Rocket I have not reviewed, but I have a pretty good idea how they are constructed and it's expensive. The Lelit is quiet, really really quiet. It gives you total control and the range and types of shots you can do are extensive. It has the ability to do bloom pauses and it's great fun to use. The only thing it doesn't have is computer repeatability as a machine like the Vesuvius does and I believe the Rocket.
For a lot less money it's capable of producing great shots and probably some shots the Rocket and Vesuvius cannot do! It all depends what you want. If you like the look of the Rocket (I think it's a fairly ugly and rather large square box) and you don't care about the money go for it. If your concerned about getting great coffee...I think you would be very happy with a Bianca and you're right, it would be the smart choice. I added the Bianca to my collection of machines because I rather liked it. I have now 2 pressure profilers and 2 straight Dual boilers. If I really believed everything that's puched I would have no trouble selling a few of my machines and getting a (hushed tones) La Marzocco, Slayer or Rocket R91 whatever...but I haven't. I drink like 6-10 doubles a day and I still don't think about it. I see people with these machines who drink perhaps 6 shots a week...madness and is the coffee superior, well not when I've tried them.
Of course the Bianca it won't impress on the forums in the same way, but that's not why we buy machines is it....