Is a home coffee machine really worth it?Perhaps the search isn’t so complicated after all — Winning Appliances brings the perfected technique of coffee-making from Italy to Australian homes, with La Marzocco’s Linea Mini. With this home espresso machine, morning coffee is more than just a routine; it’s an experience of luxury, decadence and sensory fulfilment in the comfort of your own home. No trips required. In fact, investing in a coffee machine significantly reduces the average adult’s coffee expenditure, while elevating taste and experience. Drinking two $4.50 cafe coffees every day amounts to over $3200 a year — a cost almost four times the price of a high-end, automatic espresso machine, like La Marzocco’s Linea Mini, over an average lifespan of eight years. Perhaps the La Marzocco Linea Mini not only satisfies, but exceeds beyond all the expectations of a coffee connoisseur, showing that home coffee machines can be a worthwhile investment.
La Marzocco Linea Mini: What's the fuss about?Founded in Florence, Italy, La Marzocco transformed coffee-making through their goal of designing and manufacturing the finest coffee equipment. Undoubtedly achieved, La Marzocoo coffee machines have an exceptional reputation and worldwide presence, with Winning Appliances now distributing the new La Marzocco Home range in Australia, offering you powerful, precise technology that fits on the kitchen benchtop. The dual-boiler system of the Linea Mini permits brewing of a shot and steaming milk simultaneously, without compromising the temperature or texture of either component. A built-in water reservoir that holds 2.5 litres of water allows for multiple rounds of espresso experimentation before needing to be refilled, while the integrated brew group and thermal stability system ensure consistency for each cup. With control over the internal brewing temperature through an integrated adjustment wheel, you truly have the freedom to try different flavour profiles and create a cup, perfectly tailored to your preferences. Further, LED barista lights illuminate the drip tray and allow vision of your coffee as it’s brewing. However, if you’re looking for experimentation, La Marzocco’s pairing of the Linea Mini with the Lux D grinder will instil you with the confidence of an experienced barista. This features an On-Demand Dosing System and 61mm flat burrs that can produce 18 grams of coffee in just 10 seconds. Stepless grind adjustment provides more control over your brewing, allowing you to experiment with espresso shot time or volume. This package not only includes both the Linea Mini and Lux D grinder, but also a month of free coffee beans, 12-month service, BWT water filter jug, espresso and cappuccino cups and, additionally, installation and coffee training. Not only that, the machine is gorgeous; with six finishes to choose from, it brings style, exuberance and elevation to any home. Clearly the verdict is simple — the La Marzocco Linea Mini, offered by Winning Appliances, proves to be the perfect and most worthwhile choice for your home coffee machine investment, promising quality, consistency, ease and style. Its innovative design ensures sensory indulgence, permitting an experience of luxury in the comfort of your kitchen. Winning Appliances winningappliances.com.au abc
'I wanted to create an object that was pared back to the simplest expression of its designaesthetic. For me, that was the fluting on the doors,' explains James.The gracefully practical simplicity of the J5 Credenza is also a tangible link to James' upbringing - and the affinity to minimalism and order instilled in him amongst the chaos of family life. 'Even though it's probably not something I was aware of at the time, I had some design role models throughout my childhood. My grandfather, who was Dutch, had a wonderful design aesthetic. He was an incredibly ordered person and in his house everything had a place. But his home wasn't only highly organised - it also looked beautiful. It was that degree of order and minimalism I wanted to emulate,' says James. This pursuit of order and intentionality is what ultimately - and instantaneously - attracted the designer to Børge Mogensen's J39 chair as well, marking the all-important transition into furniture design for him. 'The J39 Chair just brought together all of the things that I was craving - it was beautiful and deeply considered in terms of how it was designed, but it also had a sense of real order about it. The kind of order that I always wanted to pursue but didn't really know how to find,' James tells me about the tremendous impact this idea of beautiful order had on him at the very start of his endeavour - and to this day can be seen permeating some of his work, including the J5 collection. The minimalist profile, incredible attention to detail and unique softness that characterises the J5 designs is also what enchanted Stylecraft in the first place. And what started as a combination of immense talent and stage fright is now a successful partnership between like-minded design professionals. 'I was shortlisted as a finalist for the Australian Furniture Design Award back in 2017 with my Rushcutters Bench. As part of that, we had to present our pieces to a panel of judges at the Jam Factory in Adelaide. The prize for the award was $20,000 plus a partnership with Stylecraft to produce a piece of furniture,' James describes the inception of his relationship with Stylecraft. Even though the designer froze once on stage and didn't take the financial prize home that day, he met Tony Russell - the Brand Director at Stylecraft - and decided that he would try to make the partnership with Stylecraft happen anyway. 'I asked Tony if he was interested in working together, and he invited me to pop by and talk to him in Melbourne the next time I was up there. We talked for a couple of years, every now and then, and when I was doing Denfair in 2019, he dropped by and saw the J5 Cabinet. The Stylecraft team really liked it and decided they wanted to launch it,' James recalls. Following its success, James and Stylecraft continued their partnership which resulted in the release of J5 Credenza - and will no doubt produce many more stunning designs in the future. Fusing the functionality of a clever storage solution with the elegant softness of its pared-back, striking aesthetic, the J5 Credenza is available with Stylecraft alongside the J5 Cabinet. With its highly considered and intentional profile, and the utmost attention to detail resolving both in the intricate fluting and the cleverly concealed drawers, the latest addition to the J5 collection is bound to visually elevate any interior - and enrich the lives of its users, James hopes. 'It's important for me that my work elicits an emotional response in the people who interact with it because that's what drew me into design in the first place,' he concludes.