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La Marzocco Linea Mini vs. GS3 AV and MP

When you’re preparing to open a café or exploring commercial espresso machine options for home use, we’re here to help you find the perfect product. Narrowing down the plethora of choices can be challenging, but when quality is your top priority, La Marzocco is a brand that’s beloved by many. 

If you’d like to find out more about La Marzocco machines, we’ll start by comparing the Linea Mini and GS3. These models are popular in a variety of settings, but which is right for you? Check out the details below: 

Linea Mini Specs

Linea Mini by La Marzocco is a powerful and versatile machine with a small footprint. Unlike other models, Linea Mini is an analog machine that’s equipped with highly energy-efficient features. 

Its digital PID system is the same as other products in La Marzocco’s commercial line, but its group head and boiler designs are what set this little powerhouse apart from the crowd. Since it has an integrated group head and boiler, this machine saves energy by only heating the water that it needs (rather than all the water in the boiler). Because of this efficient design and precise PID control, Linea Mini can provide amazingly fast and stable temperature changes. 

GS3 Specs

La Marzocco GS3 models have been a mainstay in the coffee industry for more than a decade. Perfectly suited for both home or commercial use, this machine is available in two configurations: auto-volumetric (AV) or manual paddle (MP). Like the Linea Mini (and all other La Marzocco machines), both GS3 versions are handcrafted in Florence, Italy. 

Its internal components are a bit different than the Linea Mini, and are described by the brand as a combination of the Strada and GB5. Both configurations of GS3 are designed for technical baristas, with control styles that offer the ability to orchestrate a wide array of variables. 

GS3 AV and MP have a larger boiler than Linea Mini and feature a saturated group head. The AV version is programmable, which means that the barista can easily dial in a shot and repeat the shot consistently. The espresso system in the AV model is electronically controlled, which makes this configuration the preferred option for high-volume cafés. 

The MP, on the other hand, is manually controlled (which puts more responsibility on the user). The pressure controls are in the hands of the barista, which means that this machine is better-suited to home espresso enthusiasts or specialty coffee shops. 

When you’re on the search for a commercial espresso machine to handle your needs with ease, La Marzocco has an option for you. The Linea Mini, GS3 AV and GS3 MP each have a unique set of strengths. 

Linea Mini is often the choice for home use or office settings, while GS3 AV gives baristas in high-volume settings a boost in efficiency. For restaurants, small cafés, or specialty shops, the precision and abundant possibilities of the GS3 MP may be ideal.

If you have any questions about the machines mentioned here or any other café equipment or accessories, please contact our team. Our customer service specialists are knowledgeable about all things espresso and would love to help you find the high-quality products you need. 

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