The James Hoffmann Review

James Hoffmann’s review of 9Barista has just been put up on YouTube! We were very excited, and a bit nervous to watch it!

James, if you’re reading this, thank you for putting together such a great review. We really enjoyed it, and you gave an impressively comprehensive explanation of how it works.

If you’re not James, and you don’t know what we’re talking about – we’ve put a link to the product review below.

One minor correction:

We actually recommend a heat-up time of between 3 and 6 minutes, rather than exactly 6 minutes as suggested in the video.

It’s also possible to grind, tamp and prep the coffee in the portafilter while the boiler is heating on the cooker. Using this fast method, it’s possible to get your cycle times down to around 4 minutes per shot. We find this works well for making two shots in a row.

Once again, thank you James – we’re delighted you had a good time with it!

Will & the team

8 replies on “The James Hoffmann Review

  • Lynne C.

    My husband spotted me rewatching the Hoffman review last night and ordered one for me. I used a Bialetti Brikka (which I still have) for 13 years while I waited for the right time for to take up espresso as a hobby. I’ve got the grinders (Niche and Kinu M47), a great local roaster (Seattle Coffee Works), and some skill since picking up a Europiccola last year.

    I’m pretty excited.

    • Ben @ 9Barista

      Hi Lynne,

      Thanks to you and your husband for your order – that’s great to hear!

      I think you’ve timed it well considering how much we all have to stay home at the moment. It sounds like you’ve got everything you need to be able to make some delicious brews from day one, so I hope the machine lives up to your expectations – I’m sure it will.


  • Pablo

    Anytime James Hoffmann considers the resulting shot good, or even decent, you know you’re looking at a fine product. I’m seriously considering getting one of these.

  • Eli Smith

    Ordered mine based on this review. Based on his “who should buy this summary” at the end of the video, it seems like the perfect machine for someone like me. Can’t wait to receive it!

  • bser

    Without James Hoffmann review I wouldn’t have known about your product! His review are alway honest and when James Hoffmann’s said, “the espresso came out well” ( a rarity). You know it’s something worth checking out! 😬😍 love the concept and design!

  • John

    I really enjoyed James Hoffmann’s review of the 9Barista and have to say it looks a really well designed and engineered piece of equipment. This is certainly high on my ‘want list’…


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