Making espresso at home can be a rewarding, lifelong passion. As an espresso lover, you’ve probably already dreamed up all the benefits that come with having your own espresso machine.
The Holidays are in full-swing, so we put together this fun list of ways to convince your loved ones that you absolutely need an espresso machine.
1: Because their mornings could start like this:
2: They’ll get their morning fix, quick
Immediate access to delicious coffee drinks? Enough said. No need to wait in-line, or change out of pajamas to get a premium-quality beverage. Making espresso at home allows you to fit coffee into your own personal ritual.
3: An infinite world of coffee to explore inside your doors
A home espresso machine gives you, the home barista, a platform that opens up an entire world of craft coffee—you’ll get to explore coffees from any roaster you want and decide on your favorites for yourself and the ones around you. Benefits abound for anyone living under the same roof as you.
4: You’ll deepen your coffee knowledge—a benefit for everyone
The more cups of coffee you drink, the better you’ll understand what you’re tasting, and what you like. Making espresso at home, you’re free to see how different adjustments (grind size, amount of coffee, time, etc.) change the taste of your coffee. When it comes to learning, there’s no substitute for taking exploration into your own hands—and who wouldn’t want to be the guinea pig that gets to drink a bunch of coffee?
5: Take full control
La Marzocco’s home espresso machines are professional-grade, designed to give you full control over the coffee making process. From exact PID temperature control to cafe-grade milk steaming, the power is in your hands to make your beverage exactly how you want. Want a little more liveliness in your shot? Try bumping the temperature up a degree. A cappuccino with a stiff head of foam? Just aerate that milk a little longer. Play with your coffee and find out what you and your loved ones like best—then make it that way every time.
6: Its More Sustainable
You’ve probably heard this before, and we don’t mean to preach, but…you know those plastic “espresso” coffee pods? They seem convenient and affordable, but in reality, for the miniscule amount of ground coffee they contain, you are paying about $50 per pound. Meanwhile, you can buy delicious, fresh, whole-bean coffee from some of the best roasters in the country for around $20 a pound—and chances are good more of that money is being spent on supporting quality coffee production, not industrial packaging.
Speaking of the packaging, those single-serve capsules are still not being made with recyclable materials. The vast majority of them end up in landfills, which is an especially big problem since if you put all the capsules sold in 2014 end to end, they’d circle the globe 10.5 times! Using whole bean coffee to make your espresso does away with all that garbage, creating a system that adds compost to your garden instead of plastic to landfills.
7: You’ll be the best hosts
Having a professional espresso machine means you’ll officially own the best coffee shop in your network of family and friends, and before you know it you’ll be getting volunteered to host every gathering. That’s okay, because having people over has never been more fun than when they’re “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing” over the delicious cappuccino (complete with latte art) you just set in front of them.
8: You’ll own a hand-crafted mechanical masterpiece
How often can you attach the “heirloom” tag to something you own? All La Marzocco espresso machines, including the Linea Mini and the GS3, are hand-made at the La Marzocco factory in Scarperia—in the mountains above Florence, Italy. La Marzocco was founded in 1927 by Giuseppe and Bruno Bambi, and the family-led company has been proud practitioners of the Italian espresso machine tradition ever since. Over the decades, La Marzocco has created some of the most iconic pieces of espresso design, and moved the state-of-the-art forward with groundbreaking technical advances.
La Marzocco’s home espresso machines proudly follow in that heritage, with the same focus on durable all-metal design, premium finishes, industrial grade parts, and reliable coffee production. Like a fine watch or vintage car, both the Linea Mini and the GS3 are investments in a hand-made product that will serve you for decades.