We’ve got a small Italian-made machine to review today with great capabilities. One with incredible steaming power, a sleek and compact design and so many other awesome features from the integrated cup warmer to the rocker switches, 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.
Starting with the face and housing on the Bezzera Hobby, the 14-gauge stainless steel on this machine lines up among the most high-end durable machines. Stainless steel is a high-quality material that helps to prevent corrosion and heat damage, it promotes the machine’s longevity, and it’s eco-friendly material. We’re already off to a great start with the Hobby 01.
On the face of the machine, you’ve got rocker switches to power-up the machine, brew, steam, pump to fill the boiler, all equipped ready indicator lights.
The commercial steam wand has two-holes for crafting perfectly frothed milk-based drinks. 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. Then, we found ourselves coming back to the Hobby again and again just to turn the steam on and watch it jet. You can be sure to make some fantastic specialties with that kind of power.
Another great feature is the 3-liter reservoir with visible indicator lights to save you the hassle of checking periodically if the machine is running low on water. With the amount of specialty drinks you'll be making with the Hobby, you're going to appreciate this.
Bonus Tip: Most espresso machines are equipped with a 2-liter water reservoir and some may not alert you when it’s time to change out your water. The reservoir on the Hobby is super convenient and won’t waste time.
Let’s get down to the brewing process. No one likes brewing the perfect shot of espresso and when it comes to knocking out the puck, it’s a difficult, soppy mess. The 3-way solenoid valve on the Bezzera Hobby dries out the puck after brewing, draining the excess water into the drip tray. You’ll be able to knock out the puck with no issues, so you can expect the puck to come out dry and intact for easy disposal. No mess, no-hassle cleaning. Just dump out the extra water in the drip tray and you’re good to go.
The Bezzera Hobby 01 gets a big thumbs up from me. Not only is this semi-automatic an affordable price at $765.00, but it’s also 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.