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Bezzera Hobby 01 Review

by Jahasia Cooper Updated: March 13, 2020 3 min read

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Bezzera's Hobby 01 or "New Hobby" is a compact, Italian-made espresso machine with impressive capabilities. It has incredible steaming power, a sleek and compact design and can produce exceptional shots of espresso. This semi-automatic has stepped onto the espresso scene with a lot to give; Let’s take a closer look at the Bezzera Hobby 01.

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Bezzera New Hobby Espresso Machine

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The Bezzera New Hobby is a compact semi-automatic espresso machine equipped with impressive steam power, a 3-way solenoid valve, and an impressive 3-liter water reservoir.

Starting with the housing, the 14-gauge stainless steel on this machine lines up among the most high-end durable machines. It promotes the machine’s longevity, and is one of things we use to distinguish true espresso machines from espresso appliances. Just shy of 25 lbs, there's quite a bit of substance to this otherwise petite piece of equipment.

Bezzera Hobby Controls

The Hobby uses sturdy rocker switches for unambiguous operation.

Across the face of the machine, you’ve got rocker switches to power the machine on, run the pump to dispense water, brew, and switch into steaming mode. The power, brew, and steam buttons each have indicator lights that illuminate when they're switched on, and the Hobby is also equipped with a dual purpose ready light that indicates when the machine is at proper brew or steam temperature.

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Making Cappuccinos and Lattes with the Hobby 01

Despite being new to us, Bezzera has been producing variations of the Hobby for over 10 years. It was designed to compete directly with the popular Rancilio Silvia, and has received several upgrades over the course of its production run.

What sold us on this latest version was the new commercial steam wand, which is the same wand used on the BZ10. Now, whether you’re going for a latte, cappuccino, flat white or macchiato, the steam power on the Hobby is incredibly powerful for such a compact semi-automatic. When we first got the chance to test it, we all jumped; steam bursts from the wand-like nothing we've seen before in a machine so small. With a powerful 1100 watt heating element, the Hobby is ready to steam in only 84 seconds and can steam 5oz of milk to 140° Fahrenheit in just 14 seconds.

Bezzera Hobby Water Tank

The Hobby's 3 liter reservoir is enough to make even prosumer espresso machines blush.

Another great feature is the 3-liter reservoir with a visible level indicator. With the amount of specialty drinks you'll be making with the Hobby, you're going to appreciate this.

Prosumer Components

Bezzera Hobby Brew Group, Steam Wand and Portafilter

The Hobby inherited many components from the prosumer machines that Bezzera primarily manufactures.

The reservoir is just one of several features that the Hobby 01 shares with with Bezzera's more expensive prosumer espresso machines. The brew group is variant of the chrome plated brass BZ groups found on machines like the BZ10, and the Hobby also uses a chrome plated brass, 58mm portafilter for brewing espresso. For easy cleanup, a 3-way solenoid valve directs water from the group to the drip tray via a tube hidden behind the machine's paneling.

Popular Accessories for the Bezzera Hobby 01

No premium entry level espresso machine would be complete without a host of accessories to accompany it. Here is our handpicked list of accessories to consider if you're considering the Hobby:

Bezzera Rosewood Handle Tamper

Bezzera Rosewood Handle Tamper

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This elegant 58mm tamper is an ideal choice for anybody who owns a Bezzera espresso machine.
Bezzera Logo Bottomless Portafilter

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Complete Your Set-Up with the Bezzera Bottomless Portafilter  Emblazoned with the Bezzera logo, this unique bottomless portafilter is designed for use with any BZ group Bezzera espresso machine. It...
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Bezzera Tamper Station

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Durable and practical, the Bezzera Tamper Station is a must have accessory for anybody who owns a Bezzera espresso machine.
IMS Nanotech Bezzera/Rancilio Shower Screen

IMS Nanotech Bezzera/Rancilio Shower Screen

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The IMS shower screen is a simple upgrade to improve the performance of your Bezzera BZ Group machine or Rancilio Silvia. To install, just remove the bolt that holds the original screen in place, a...
IMS Curved Bottom Precision Portafilter Basket 18/22g

IMS Curved Bottom Precision Portafilter Basket 18/22g

This portafilter basket was manufactured and designed with the barista in mind. I.M.S. designed the basket to improve a higher yield extraction, drawing more of the flavors and aromas out of the co...

Final Thoughts

The Bezzera Hobby 01 gets a big thumbs up from us. Not only is this semi-automatic an affordable price at $765.00, but it’s also a premium entry-level, user-friendly while giving the user a great balance of control and convenience. The features with the Hobby 01 make brewing espresso an exciting experience and the espresso and milk-based drinks that this machine can whip up are even better.

Jahasia Cooper
Jahasia Cooper

Jahasia is the newest Copywriter at Whole Latte Love. She has previous experience working as a Barista and on the management team at a coffee shop and is happy to share everything she knows and loves about the world of coffee and espresso. While she's not writing awesome content for Whole Latte Love, you can find her sipping on her daily cup of joe and daydreaming about becoming an empowered female Gazorpian.