The Swift Mini – From Cafe To Kitchen

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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