La Marzocco has a habit...
of making Mini versions of their commercial machines. I'm sure you've heard of the Linea Mini, but in case you haven't, its pretty epic. Their newest addition to the Mini line up for home baristas is the La Marzocco Swift Mini. The full-size Swift is a cafe workhorse that you'll find in many high volume, mostly second wave style cafes like Peet's Coffee. It's draw is that it is more than just an espresso grinder. Yeah it will grind your coffee, but it will also dose (reliably?), distribute (evenly?), and tamp (consistently?). This level of automation is now available to the home user looking for a more "hands off" home espresso experience, and isn't spooked by a high price tag.
Thanks to my brother, a couple of months back I was fortunate enough to borrow an early production model of the La Marzocco Swift Mini. It was in my kitchen for about a week, and believe me when I tell you I put it through its paces. Two or three pounds of coffee later I'd tested, and re-tested this Mini sibling in every possible way, and even tried out its new, lesser known, and surprisingly unique function. The question is will this littler version of a commercial workhorse live up to its namesake, and it's $2,500 price tag?
Well now that La Marzocco Home has given me the go-ahead to post this video, hit that play button and let's get into the grind.
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January 5, 2021
I am considering buying a linea mini, however as sold as I am on the machine, finding the right grinder to pair it with is proving difficult.
The swift caught my eye, even with the hefty price tag, with all the functions it offers- and carrying the La Marzocco name.
However, the concerns you raised really hit home with me, particularly the inconsistencies in dosing and distribution – a shock, as these are the supposed key benefits to this grinder. Your video has been a great help, so I want to say thank you, I’m unsure if the La Marzocco people would’ve been as honest, certainly when I’m handing over a large amount of cash!
So my search continues, so far the Baratza Sette 270iw seems a good bet, however aesthetically it’s not the best to sit next to the linea mini.
Have you any thoughts on the Baratza, or recommend any other machines for a keen home barista, who lives on espresso? 😉
January 5, 2021
Hi Richard, thanks for the kind words! I definitely really wanted the Swift to be good, its a shame really. But in terms of a home grinder, at this point, my heart is fully into the Niche Zero. It’s the perfect fit for me because I not only do espresso, but also all other forms of coffee and I can do it all really well with one grinder. There are a ton of reviews online, including one from me, so take a look and see if it seems like a good fit.
January 7, 2021
Thanks! After delving into your Instagram I have already been looking at them, and a lot of good reviews, appreciate your help!
January 8, 2021
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