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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 5:45am
Subject: What would be the espresso machine most comparable to the La Marzocco Linea?
 

Hey guys,
               I am a barista and am also a college student, and thus I am writing a paper on espresso machines. Specifically, I'm reviewing the La Marzocco Linea 2 group automatic. As part of the paper I need to interview someone about the product, so I though I would open a post and ask the question. "If you wanted to purchase that most comparable machine to this one, what would it be?"

Thanks for your replies!
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 6:07am
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If you need to interview someone with the product, go to a coffee shop that has one and talk to the owner and the workers.

The Linea is a double boiler commercial machine, the closest thing to that is a commercial double boiler.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 9:36am
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Why don't you drive into Nashville and go to "Barista Parlor".  You can do your paper on the Slayer instead.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 6:46pm
Subject: Re: What would be the espresso machine most comparable to the La Marzocco Linea?
 

In addition to the Slayer over at Barista Parlor, some of the other cafes might be of use:

- Crema: a La Marzocco GB5
- Dunn Bros: not sure, but they'll likely answer if you ask on twitter
- The Well: Looks like a Linea
- Bongo Java: GB/5
- Fido: FB/80

I'm not 100% sure, but based on the outward appearance this is what I think the list looks like

Some of the others seem to use other brands (Frothy Monkey=Rancilio, Ugly Mugs=NS, ...), and I'm not sure about Dose, Roast Inc, or others.

Not the answer you're looking for though - sorry!  If I were to look for similar machines, I'd survey similar class (capacity, power) and then look at specifics around comparable thermal characteristics and pressure profiles wherever info can be dug up.  For interviews, I'd try some of these places unless you've got some La Marzocco-using shops closer by.

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