La Marzocco Linea Mini Espresso Machine Overview
It’s quite possible that half the cafes you’ve ever visited use the La Marzocco Linea Classic commercial espresso machine. It launched at the precipice of the USA’s espresso market explosion in the early 90s and has never looked back. La Marzocco decided that if they were going to be supplying cafes with their machines, why not also make one for the home. Enter the Linea Mini.
La Marzocco took the Linea Classic commercial espresso machine and redesigned it for the home market. Home baristas now have the opportunity to have their very own version of this ubiquitous machine. The Linea Mini was designed with the average American kitchen in mind. At a height of 15 inches, it will fit nicely under a standard cabinet. The water reservoir is front-accessed, conveniently located behind the magnetically fitted drip tray, with an option to plumb it in directly. It runs solely on 15-amps, yet can heat both boilers simultaneously.
Linea Mini has gone old-school analog on us. The grouphead temperature is adjusted manually with a click-dial. Shots are controlled via a paddle switch, which also activates ‘barista lights’ to shine on your espresso as it comes to be. The interface is clean and intuitive with a great tactile feel to it.
The integrated boiler and brew group design coupled with PID temperature control grants the Linea Mini thermal stability in-line with commercial espresso equipment. There is a small pre-infusion on every shot to help maintain pour consistency. The super-powerful steam boiler with the 4-hole steam tip will texture and heat your milk in seconds. The steam capacity is immense and recovery time virtually negligible.
Color options include black, white, red and classic stainless steel. The machine is supplied with a single and a double spouted portafilter as well as a tamper and milk pitcher.
The Linea Mini has been designed to be low-maintenance, high-performing and long-lasting. La Marzocco’s goal was to bring professional grade equipment to the entry-level barista. Mission accomplished.