I enjoy espresso beverages, whether it’s a flat white, an americano or an iced espresso, but having one daily each can really add up. When you calculate the cost over a year, it’s easy to justify the cost of a good quality home espresso maker and grinder.
My setup has served me daily for over 7 years, often including multiple beverages on weekends, without a single issue. My setup looks like this:
- Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
- Upgraded Commercial Steam Wand ( Rancilio )
- Baratza Virtuoso Grinder
- Motta Tamper
- Toroid Froth Pitcher
Typically I opt for an americano in the morning. For heating up some extra water, I have the BonaVita Gooseneck Kettle, which is also a great option for pour-over methods.
Personally I enjoy latte’s after supper, but it’s a friend favourite. The difference in having the upgraded Rancilio steam wand versus the supplied pannarello wand is notable. It takes a little more practice to get used to but it allows you to produce a much more predictable microfoam that makes for a smoother froth.
Depending on the beans, the quality of coffee I get from this home setup is at least equal to, if not considerably better than anything one can pick up at most retail coffee establishments.