[Homeroast] My Ultimate Espresso Rig

John and Emma jehorchik at gmail.com
Tue Sep 28 10:15:29 CDT 2010

Congrats Hank.

Have many joyous years with your new set up.

John H. 

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Subject: [Homeroast] My Ultimate Espresso Rig

3 months ago we dug out the Gaggia Classic and weened the wife off the
coffee shop milk drinks.  I had been drinking drip coffee exclusively for a
couple of years.  I moved away from drip coffee and we found ourselves
drinking many shots per day before we knew it. Then the son expresses
interest in having an espresso machine at school. This was all the
encouragement we needed. The quest began. I have been an exclusive Sweet
Marias customer for everything coffee for a number of years but quickly
determined that I was looking at more than what they had to offer. We ended
up with the Giotto Evo and a Mazzer Mini Electronic.  First the machine,
wow, what a beautiful machine. I considered dual boiler options and settled
on the Giotto. The Giotto is a heat exchanger machine which offer an
internal tank and a direct connect option. There is noting negative I can
say about the Giotto line from Rocket Espresso. It is a great machine. 

The grinder was a more difficult purchase. After several years with the
dossier less Rocky I knew I did not want a grinder with a doser IF I could
find one that would offer limited clumps and would be easy to gauge the
filling. I looked at all the offerings out there and the Mazzer Mini
Electronic quickly rose to the top of the heap. Now this grinder is not
cheap. It runs just under $1,000. But no doser so no dealing with the doser
and the stale coffee they harbor.  Further they offer a one button
consistent loading of the portafilter basket.  The burrs are the same size
as the Super Jolly but the motor is the same as the mini.  For home or small
office espresso it was classified as the ultimate grinder. My experience
would agree with this description. 

Overall our new espresso station was very expensive. I expect it will last
for the rest of our lives.  My wife, who was not comfortable using the
Gaggia is very comfortable with the Giotto. After a week we plumbed in both
the water in and the drip tray. We installed a 2 stage water filter. I don't
think I could live with a machine that was not plumbed now. The grinder is
wonderful. I can place the portafilter on the grinder cradle hit the double
shot button and walk to the fridge to get milk. We can't imagine we could be
happier with any other machine. 

This has reinvigorated my coffee roasting. Last year my first gen Hot Top
dies and I replaced it with the Behmor. This was due to the ability to roast
more than a half a pound at a time. Right now We are roasting coffee at 2-3
times the rate we were roasting at 3 months ago. 

Fortunately we have not had any buyers remorse.  We are very happy.   


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