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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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Lelit Bianca (PL162T) Review

Lelit Bianca (PL162T) Review After the first week of using the Lelit Bianca, the show tune "anything you can do, I can do easier; I can do everything easier than you" comes to mind. Since the Lelit Bianca has been reviewed on other sites, we'll focus on its performance, comparing it to lever and other profiling espresso machines. We will also cover the experience of using it, both for beginning and more advanced hobbyists. Interested in having full manual control of flow and pressure? If so, the Lelit Bianca is worth close consideration. More...

Cafelat Robot Review

Cafelat Robot The Cafelat Robot manual lever espresso machine has been eagerly anticipated since Paul Pratt revealed it in April of 2016. Anyone who knows about Paul would have high expectations because of his reputation as a premier restorer of espresso machines from the 1950s and 60s. The Robot is Paul's interpretation and upgrade of the Faema Baby, a manual pourover machine introduced in 1950. It embodies the beauty of an ultra-simple pourover machine. Is the in-cup performance equally appealing? More...

Flair Espresso Maker Review

Flair Espresso Maker The concept of the Flair Espresso Maker isn't new. Pourover piston espresso machines were introduced in 1950 but soon went out of fashion, so it's great to have modern versions. The Flair isn't perfect. There were minor fit and finish issues. But none of these interferes with its functionality. With an independent source of hot water, a thermometer, and a good grinder, it does make real espresso. More...

Profitec Pro 800 Review

Profitec Pro 800 Owners of pump-driven espresso machines may be guilty of promoting the myth that lever espresso machines are difficult to use. Thanks to the classic design of the huge brass group on the Profitec Pro 800, it's the epitomy of no-fuss operation. Although the group design may be old school, the Pro 800 sports modern features like an electronic temperature controller and a 'no burn' steam arm. More...

Favorite Espresso Blends

Evaluations will be blind and reviewers will not know what espresso is being evaluated until they post their commentary. Members are invited to join in by peeking under the 'spoiler'. 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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