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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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La Marzocco Swift Mini Grinder Review

La Marzocco Swift Mini Grinder In a commercial cafe setting, La Marzocco has offered the Swift grinder for many years as a solution to simple operation and improved consistency. But it's huge. What about the home barista who would like an idiot-proof espresso prep workflow? Introducing the La Marzocco Swift Mini, which grinds, doses, and tamps with the push of a button. The review will include an overview of usage, side-by-side comparisons with other popular grinders, and taste tests in a group setting. More…

Niche Zero Grinder Review

Niche Zero Grinder Ten years ago, when we did the Titan Grinder Project, several of the commercial conical grinders, those by Macap, Fiorenzato, and Compak cost around $800. They were low volume items, used by very few cafes. Since then, a far wider choice of titan conicals and flat burr grinders have reached the market, including many single dosing models built expressly for hobbyists, but except for some outstanding manual models, the minimum price of entry remained around $1500. And then came the Niche Zero grinder. More…

Decent Espresso DE1+ Review

Decent Espresso DE1+ The small form factor of the Decent Espresso DE1+ belies the remarkable capabilities of this espresso machine. Its significant technological innovations include rapid temperature adjustment, brew pressure control, flow rate specification, real-time sensor feedback, and upgradable software interface. The DE1+ pulls great shots of espresso, offers unparalleled extraction control and feedback, and makes other espresso machines feel, well, primitive by comparison. More…

Lelit Bianca (PL162T) Review

Lelit Bianca (PL162T) 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…

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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