At 38.5 cm high and 41 cm deep, she's compact and attractive enough to find a prominent space on your kitchen counter. However, unlike most single group machines, she's decked out with features and functionality that even a larger commercial espresso machine will struggle to compete with.
Facing her, she looks clean, simple, and easy to use. On your left is her steam wand and a dial above it that controls the steam. On your right is her control dial, complete with visual aids to help you know what setting you're on. In her centre is Mina's yoke; this device allows you to engage manual or semi-automatic flow profiling. Above the yoke, you'll see a gauge, this shows the coffee pressure and is very important when controlling your espresso flow.
And, If having creative control over your coffee isn't enough, Mina's exterior is also customisable, giving you freedom to maintain your overall aesthetic when integrating her into your space.
The Mina possesses highly accurate temperature and weight controls, digital flow profiling capabilities, and a designated app designed to make flow profiling easy and accessible to baristas of all levels. In many ways, Mina excels above the average commercial machine, with features that make her more precise and flexible to use.
With Mina's auto-calibration, you can choose settings on her app and let the machine do everything for you. If you prefer to be more "hands-on", you can opt for semi-automatic brewing, choosing some settings on the app, and completing the shot with the yoke. Or, if you've become confident using the machine, you can opt for fully manual shots where you control both flow and timing yourself, using the yoke.
In Mina's app, you can control the speed and amount of water introduced to your coffee, as well as keep a record of different flow profiles you've tried, saving your favorites for future use. Mina's DFR opens and closes allowing water to pass through at varying rates of flow. As shown on the app, Mina's DFR has 12 settings, with one to five being a slow or light flow, 6-8 being a more traditional flow (similar to other machines), and 9 or above being a strong flow.
A beautiful and compact addition to any small cafe or the home of a coffee enthusiast, the Mina is proof that sometimes good things come in little packages.