Welcome to Home-Barista.com™, a site dedicated to the home espresso and coffee enthusiast! Just need a quick answer? Check our FAQs and Favorites for solutions to common coffee and espresso-related problems.

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Just need a quick answer? Check our FAQs and Favorites for solutions to common coffee and espresso-related problems.

Welcome to Home-Barista.com™, a site dedicated to the home espresso and coffee enthusiast! Our detailed espresso machine reviews and coffee grinder reviews cover the higher end of home espresso equipment on the market, but make only one assumption about you—a love of coffee! Whether this is the first time you've considered making espresso, cappuccinos, and lattes in your home or you've been drinking coffee for years, you will find tidbits of information to help you get the best out of your coffee.

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Speedster Espresso Machine Review

Speedster by Kees van der Westen The Speedster is so unique, it's often referred by its name without the preface of its creator, Kees van der Westen. Singular. Detailed. Striking. Sculpted. Modern. Classical. Polished. Bespoke. Retro. These are just a small sample of the superlatives that one could apply to the Speedster espresso machine. More...

Olympia Cremina Review

Olympia Cremina Back in 2005, HB reviewed the redesigned Olympia Cremina of the time, comparing it to a restored model 20 years older. Over the last decade, Olympia Express has continued to make incremental improvements to the construction of this timeless lever espresso machine. This update looks at the latest rendition of one of the most popular (and probably the most expensive!) lever espresso machine for the home consumer. More...

Favorite Espresso Blends

For the site's early years, the reviews focused on espresso machines and grinders. Recognizing that coffee is the most important contributor to exceptional espresso, we expanded the popular Second Look format to include peer evaluations of espresso blends. More...

Quotable Quotes

The site announcements contain "quotable quotes" nominated by Team HB and the membership. This article collects these nuggets of wisdom and quips about the art of espresso. More...

Reviews and How-Tos

Home-Barista's Guide to Espresso

Gosh Shot New to espresso and not sure where to start? This introduction by Jim Schulman shares his passion for good coffee and expertise in home espresso. It covers a lot of ground and demystifies the key elements of espresso preparation. It is not just about techniques and equipment you'll need to understand, but also about the reasons behind them. More...

Newbie Introduction to Espresso [videos]

Newibe Introduction to Espresso [videos] This series of videos was created specifically for those new to making espresso at home. Between these videos and the site's Recommended Reading outlined in the FAQs and Favorites Digest, practically every problem and every question you'll encounter in the first three months as a home barista are addressed. More...

FAQs and Favorites

Questions? FAQs and Favorites If you're new to HB, you may be thinking, "I don't know where to begin, there's too much information!" To make it easier for you to get started and to help you navigate to topics that interest you, this article contains links to the best topics all in one place, categorized by forum and subject area. The article also recommends a few must-read introduction and how-tos that form the basic barista knowledge and techniques. More...

Commercial Espresso Grinders

Ceado E7 Espresso professionals and aficionados alike agree that a quality grinder is key to exceptional espresso. The Mazzer Super Jolly is a solid 64mm flat burr grinder used in cafes worldwide and in Starbucks until they switched to super-automatics. Most grinder manufacturers offer a grinder using 64mm burrs, however information on them is scant. In addition to the Mazzer, this review covers two other representative models, the Ceado E7 and Quamar M80. More...

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