Rapha has introduced a limited edition R Cinquantotto coffee machine in association with Milan’s Rocket Espresso which will set you back £2,735.
Let’s be honest, cycling wouldn’t exist without coffee – or, if it did, it would happen much later today – so this Rapha + Rocket partnership makes a lot of sense. In fact, this isn’t the first time the two brands have teamed up to offer a coffee machine, as a limited edition Premium Plus model was produced in 2011.
This time, the Rapha + Rocket R Cinquantotto (Italian for “fifty-eight”) espresso machines will be available exclusively to Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) members… so if you’re not already a member, it’ll be another 70 classy.
Rapha says: “Since there are cyclists, there are coffee breaks. The two go hand in hand, and more than 140 years after an Italian inventor filed a patent for the world’s first espresso machine, a Milanese manufacturer is still leading the way. Rocket Espresso hand-produces the world’s finest espresso machines for coffee connoisseurs everywhere, including most of the pro peloton and now members of the Rapha Cycling Club.
Well, you couldn’t imagine Rapha teaming up with Morphy Richards, could you?
If you’re unfamiliar with Rocket Espresso, its entire range is exactly what you’d expect from a high-end Italian brand: shiny and beautiful with switches, knobs and gauges everywhere… You know the kind of thing.
Only 100 Rapha + Rocket R Cinquantotto espresso machines will be made to order, each numbered.
We’d like to ask Rapha to send one in for a ‘review’ on road.cc, but we just can’t see them falling in love with this one.
Get more details on the Rapha website.