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Pull pro-quality​ shots with the ROK Espresso Maker

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August 6 5 minute read

Quality camp coffee is essential, and if the ROK Espresso Maker can’t get the job done, we’re not sure what will!

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Brewing filter coffee when travelling is convenient and quick however options to make espresso-based drinks are increasing in popularity due to the popularity of the brewing style amongst coffee lovers.

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It all starts with freshly-roasted coffee from your favourite coffee roaster. We adjusted the ROK Coffee Grinder (AUS | US) for a fine grind (think table salt size) and started to crank.

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Using the ROK Coffee Grinder (AUS | US) is simple; it remains stable on any flat surface thanks to the weighty base and non-slip padding. While holding the bottom with one hand, crank with the other.

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How does the ROK Espresso Maker work?

Gently dose the ROK Espresso Maker (AUS | US) portafilter basket with the coffee grinds and ‘level off’ the basket, taking a moment to enjoy the aroma.

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We tamped the basket of grinds using the ROK tamper which has a solid feel and quality finish. Keeping the tamper as level as possible will result in better extractions of coffee.

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Lock the portafilter basket into the ROK Espresso Maker (AUS | US) by mating up the portafilter notches to the machine and locking clockwise. Fill the water chamber with boiling water.

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Typically espresso is not brewed with boiling water but we lose some temperature when the boiling water hits the water chamber providing an ideal extraction temperature.

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With the hot water in the water chamber, raise the levers of the ROK Espresso Maker and pause for around 10 or 20 seconds to allow the water to soak the coffee before extraction.

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The shot

Press down evenly to extract the shot. The quality of the extraction all depends on the fineness of the coffee grinds. Fortunately we managed a great extraction on the first brew and it tasted great!

Top up your espresso with hot water for a long-black, or just enjoy straight espresso! Perhaps a flat-white is your favourite, add milk.

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Clean up is simple, release the portafilter from the ROK Espresso Maker and eject any remaining water into the drip tray or another vessel.

It is hard to beat the ROK Espresso Maker for quality espresso while travelling. While bulkier than other brewers, it looks great and the results are excellent. We think the result in the cup is comparable to a quality home espresso machine.

Photographs by Mike Collister.

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James is an avid traveller and adventurer into four wheel driving, fishing and camping. If he’s not out on the trails with his family, he’s at the beach on his stand-up-paddle board or barbecuing. James loves coffee, has experience in planning and coordinating state and national club-style events, and enjoys capturing the moment with photo and video.


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