Best Home Barista Setups of Reddit 2021

Choosing a setup is hard and expensive work, espresso machines can cost thousands of pounds, and then a grinder and all the additional equipment such as tamper and knock box can really start to add up. And people on Reddit, whether they are beginner, intermediate or seasoned pro, all share their home setups. So we'll pick out some of our favourites;

Expensive Setup - User friendly Expert Espresso

Advanced Home Barista Setup

Favourite of many specialty coffee shop, the Linea Mini by La Marzocco is inspired by the Linea Classic range. This beauty of a setup is owned by user /rs_yay on Reddit and is about as professional and compact as you can get for the home. But it comes with a hefty price tag, the machine itself is a over £3500 and the Mazzer mini grinder is the smaller version of the Jolly, a tried and tested grinder used by many a coffee shop.

 

What makes this setup pro?

  • Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

  • Upgraded baskets to VST

  • Almost commercial quality grinder

Mid-range Setup - Go Manual for Great Value

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This is a more an interesting and more collection from user /AJTSin. This user has chosen to forgo any electric grinders, and a lever action La Pavoni Espresso machine (like we have in Pascal) and a stove top kettle. This collection will cost under £500 if you are savvy and pick them up second hand, and with proper care, will last many many years.

 

The lever machine will take some getting used to, and won't be as good for making coffee for groups of people, the steam wand over performs for its cost. 

 

The OE Lido E manual grinder is top of the range in manual grinders and convenient for changing grind size between shots for tweaking.

 

What makes this setup Mid-Range?

  • Manual machines are cheaper than ones that require electric.

  • Does require more practice, patience and understanding.

  • Superb equipment selection including pour over and proper storage.

Budget Setup - Cheap But Effective

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The Gaggia Classic is a great gateway into the world of making espresso, with a couple modifications can create great tasting espresso.  User /gAuraruar0e06s5ksh has everything needed and the proof is right there in the picture. OP states that they are still to make some of the adjustments needed to make the Classic run at the required brew pressure, but all in all a great machine and a nice little electric grinder in the Baratza Sette.

 

All in all, you could find this setup for between £200 and £300 if you are patient enough with eBay and Facebook Marketplace as they each pop up for under £150 every now and then. 

 

What makes this Advanced Mid Range?

  • Enjoyable gateway machines to learn the fundamentals of great espresso.

  • Requires some modding and upgrading - upgrading the Over Pressure Valve brings the brewing pressure down to 9 bar, suitable for home espresso.

  • The Baratza Sette is a great grinder, but there is greater value to be had out there.

So there you have it, three great set-ups found on Reddit, this will be a regular feature now, feel free to share your own in the comments below or get in touch if you would like to be featured.