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!
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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.
Profitec Pro 800 Review (Revisited)
We reviewed the Profitec Pro 800 in 2016. ECM, the parent company, has updated it with several cosmetic upgrades and a couple maintenance upgrades. This gave us a welcome excuse to return to a favorite lever espresso machine. It's worth recalling that 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.
ECM Puristika Review
Classic. Forgiving. Attractive. Ubiquitous. These are just a small sample of the descriptions that fans of the E61 espresso machine have used in the more than 60 years since its introduction. One word that is rarely suggested? Diminutive. No surprise, since its heavy, saucer shaped grouphead is a beefy chunk of chromed, polished brass. That's why its refreshing to see an E61 variant that's stripped to the bare essentials, dedicated to the espresso purist—the ECM Puristika.
Lucca Atom 75 Espresso Grinder Review
The Lucca Atom 75 is the Eureka Atom 75 customized for Clive Coffee. The Lucca customization includes an improved burr set and a sensor-based grind adjustment system with TrueGrind smartphone app that is completely repeatable. The grinder and TrueGrind app are Wi-fi connected via an online database for storing the grind settings and dosing of your different coffees and prep methods. Clive Coffee says the Lucca is a grinder that can dial itself in. With two evaluation grinders, we'll test this claim.
Lelit MaraX Review
There are three kinds of espresso machines: those where variables have a control setting, those with control contortion, and those with no control or hope of a good espresso. Now there is the MaraX— the espresso machine you thought you would get before you know anything about espresso machines —no contortions, no settings, but the variables are controlled. There's a hidden switch for setting temperature, but the MaraX makes good espresso with an absolute minimum of fuss.
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Home-Barista's Guide to Espresso
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.
Newbie 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.
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.
Commercial Espresso Grinders
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.