La Marzocco's Linea line has long been hailed as the "Northwest Workhorse" for many commercial users. Now you can bring a petite version of this trusted workhorse home to craft cafe quality espresso drinks with the La Marzocco Linea Mini. The Linea Mini is perfect for the home espresso enthusiast that prefers a simpler, more automated way to brew cafe quality espresso without having to constantly fuss with manual adjustments. The Mini features an automated EE brew paddle for simple on/off brewing with a pre-programmed 1 second pre-infusion mode. The temperature is also easily controlled by a stepped turn wheel located on the side of the Mini, while built-in PID algorithms take place on the motherboard. Initiate a brew cycle and prepare to be mesmerized by the integrated barista lights that shine to enhance each user's experience.
Features & Functionality of the La Marzocco Linea Mini Espresso Machine
- Brew Paddle: Easily initiate a brew cycle with the large and in charge brew paddle located at the very front of the machine.
- Pre-Infusion: The Lini Mini arrives at your doorstep with a pre-programmed 1 second pre-infusion mode for optimal coffee extraction.
- Integrated Brew Group: With the introduction of the Mini comes an introduction to a newly designed brew group. Much like the name illustrates, the integrated brew group combines the brew boiler and brew group into one seamless part. This allows the integrated group to achieve the same temperature stability and energy efficiency of the saturated group, all in a reduced footprint!
- Barista Lights: Every great performer needs stage lights to help them shine, so it's fitting that every great espresso machine provides stage lighting to highlight every awesome brew.
- Simple Indicator Lights: Two simple lights let you know what's going on with your machine. The top red light will blink to let you know the machine is heating up and will stay solid when the Mini is at optimal temperature. The bottom blue light will stay solid when the water reservoir is full and will blink when it needs a refill.
- Large Reservoir: The 3.5L water reservoir is sure to last through many brew cycles before requiring a refill.
|How Does it Compare?||
Trying to decide between the GS/3 and Linea Mini? If you're short on counter space, the Linea Mini is 2 inches narrower than the GS/3.
|Model Number||LINEA MINI|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Boiler Volume||0.17 L brew boiler | 3 L steam boiler|
|Available Portafilters||Bottomless, Non-Pressurized|
|Warm Up: Brew Time||15 minutes|
|Warm Up: Steam Time||30 minutes|
|Boiler Design||Double Boiler|
|Water Sources||Convertible - Internal Reservoir or Plumbed in|
|Auto Shut Off||No|
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Warranty Information for the La Marzocco Linea Mini Espresso Machine
|What it Covers:||
La Marzocco Linea Mini espresso machines
13 month parts and labor
|Who Supports the Warranty:||La Marzocco|
|Warranty Contact Information: La Marzocco Home Service||206-258-2532 ext. 2|
|Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty?||
|Can SCG Repair?||Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.|
Caring for the La Marzocco Linea Mini Espresso Machine
- Clean the brew gasket daily with a cleaning brush.
- Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
- Perform backflush routine and clean the filter basket each week.
- Excellent MachineReview by Brewmaster
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- everyone needs a la Marzocco even if you don't like coffee.Review by philip
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- May be more than you need...Review by feinemachine
Price Quality Value
I think you do get what you pay for. I truly mean it. I work in quality assurance and quality COSTS money. And, even at $4500, it's not perfect. I have learned years ago after buying my Lotus that no matter what you spend on anything, it rarely translates to perfection. Nothing is ever perfect but it can get close. And close is where this machine comes to perfection.
While there is a high degree of attention to detail, La Marzocco missed one crucial area--the EE group. Quality is not just looks but how the machine feels when you interact with it. The paddle group was way too tight out of the box. And it simply felt cheap when using it. Clack one way, clack the other way. clack clack clack. None of this really matters though, because at the end of they day it is every bit as powerful and easy to use as a commercial machine. The only trick is that *you* are responsible for bad shots. Not the machine. This machine is relentlessly unforgiving to the inexperienced barista. But for those who have mastered prepping and dialing in shots, operating this machine is like driving a high performance car. It's designed to take you exactly where you want to go, and does it with utter efficiency. The steaming power is a beast for anything under 12oz., But if you're thinking of steaming 16 oz of milk to prep 4 cappuccinos at a time, you will notice the steam pressure wane after about 20 seconds of continues full-blast steaming. While full sized commercial machines typically have 10+ liters and larger boiler sizes, the "Minea" (as some are calling it) has "only" 3.5L.. So it's not designed for high output. But compared to other prosumer machines, it is well positioned on the far end of the spectrum (the good side, of course), with double the steaming power as a Vibiemme Domobar, or Rocket R58--two very highly regarded machines in their own right, amongst the home barista community. Of course it's also double the price.. But didn't I say you get what you pay for? :)
Of course boiler size hugely important but it isn't all that makes up the high price tag. It's La Marzocco's brand image that's makes up for it, and that brand image is hopefully backed by years of experience, expertise and support. Only time will tell. So far I am loving the machine.
ps. For those of you who (including La Marzocco folks) interested in what I did to turn the paddle group in to an absolutely exquisite experience, you can find me on instagram, as I will be posting the non-intrusive modifications I made to the group lever. I hope La Marzocco will be influenced by my simple changes and add them inline to their production schedule so that everyone can benefit without opening up the machine.
(Posted on 9/4/2015)