Espresso Can Be Confusing

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That's a lot of options...with so many possibilities to choose from, planning your home espresso setup can be overwhelming. And while it can be fun to read forums and binge Youtube reviews, It's easy to get lost in the details and end up more confused than when you started. That's where we come in.

The ESB Concierge

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Hey 👋🏽 I'm Chris. I'm a coffee lover and home barista who fell in love with espresso in early 2020. As I learned more about the hobby and started to plan my first real espresso setup, I realized that there wasn't a good resource to learn about and discover espresso machines, independent of any vendor or brand. So, I built one!

While I've designed Espresso Setup Builder to be as user friendly as possible, I know how helpful it can be to have a real person to talk to when diving into a new hobby. That's why I offer the ESB Concierge, a one on one consultation service to help you plan your home espresso setup. Whether you just want to soundboard your next upgrades, or want a guide through the entire home espresso process, I'm here to help.

Full Service, Totally Free

Book Some Time

Book 30 minutes with me to answer any questions you may have. I use calendly to make sure setting up time is a breeze!

Meet with the ESB Concierge

We'll via Google Meet to discuss your needs and plan your setup. We'll provide you with multiple options for products and vendors, so you can be sure you're getting the best deal.

Get Your Setup.

I'll follow up with you to send over any links of the products we talked about. We can chat over email to make sure you're happy with your decision!

Simple Options, Serious Value

The Async Analysis

Want some easy feedback on your planned purchase, but don't want to commit to a full consultation? The Async Analysis is for you. Send me your planned setup and I'll provide feedback on any potential issues or concerns.


The Process

  • Email Me:Just shoot me a quick email with your planned setup and any questions you may have!
  • Quick feedback:I'll respond with some pros and cons for your setup, and links to my recommended alternates.
  • Ready, Set, Brew:Get your espresso setup with confidence, knowing you've made the best choices for you.

Async Analysis


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The Caffeinated Consult

Perfect for the home barista who has done their research and just needs a gut-check on their planned setup. We'll review your picks and provide feedback on any potential issues or concerns.

The Process

  • Review Setup:Have a machine, grinder, or full setup in mind? We'll review your picks and identify any potential issues.
  • Provide Alternates:It's always best to evaluate all the options. That's why we will provide you with 2 potential alternates.
  • Get You The Deal:We partner with top vendors to find you the best deal possible, so you know your money is well spent.

15 Minute Consultation


The Full Setup

If you think you need a little more help walking through the basics of espresso, or want to make sure you're absolutely picking the right gear, the 60 minute full consult is for you.

The Process

  • Espresso 101:We'll teach you the basics of espresso, so you'll truly know why your setup is right for you.
  • Build The List:Together, we'll look at your needs and wants to ensure you get the most value from your setup.
  • Planning The Setup:With our list in hand, we'll compile 3 potential setups for you to choose from.
  • Get You The Deal:We partner with top vendors to find you the best deal possible, so you know your money is well spent.
  • Post-Consult Support:The journey doesn't end when you click buy. That's why we offer post-purchase email support.

60 Minute Consultation


Why We Are Unique?

Consider All The Options

Unlike traditional vendors, ESB is not limited to any particular manufacturer or product. We'll help you find the best equipment for you, no matter the brand.

Inform, Not Upsell

Our mission is to provide you with the right knowledge to make the right purchase. We don't sell anything, so you can be sure that our advice is unbiased.

Speaking Your Language

Whether you're a total beginner or seasoned home barista, we'll be sure to speak your language to make sure you get the most value out of our consultation.

Good Things To Say

“I was brand new to espresso and was looking to get a beginner friendly setup for my husband and I. Working with Chris helped me understand the importance of a grinder and saved me from making a bad purchase. I ended up with the Breville Bambino and Baratza Encore ESP, and couldn't be happier!” - Sofia S

“[The ESB Concierge] was so helpful as I planned my first real espresso upgrade. I knew about some of the important decisions like heating elements and burr types, but was having a hard time putting all the pieces together. Working with Chris helped me see what options fit my needs and I am now the proud owner of a brand new Profitec Pro 600 and Niche Zero” - Tyler P

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