Isn’t this a perfect theme for “Dark Roasted Blend” article? I think so! Especially since the best vintage espresso machines boast awesome design, acres of brass and chrome, ooze tons of class (and in addition pour heavenly espresso shots). For a groovy blend of steampunk and a “wish for a better future” every morning, day and evening – get an awesome kitchen sculpture… er, espresso machine, preferably from Italy.
If it’s the brass you want, the brass we got -
Vintage bliss… La Pavoni: Romantica Europiccola Brass Espresso Machine
La Pavoni machine’s details, dating from 1931 -
MJ’s Brevetti Gaggia (from Michael Jackson’s kitchen, no less) espresso and cappuccino machine features “polished chrome with bands of repousse and reticulated brass. Tank bears a Neverland plaque, is flanked by decorative Turkish tea vessels and is crested by an eagle finial.” Price? $1000-$2000 USD
Since 1947, The Elektra Company also makes handsome vintage machines
VFA Gold Dome “1930s” Espresso Machine and other fantastic Belle Epoque creations can still be found in select (mostly European) establishments:
Modern Creative Examples
1. “Pearl”, by Andreas Diefenbach
Pure white ceramics marry rich gold in a heavenly simple shape, perfect for your private space yacht bound for Callisto:
2. “esPRESSivo”, by Shao-Lun Chao
The esPRESSivo Portable Espresso Coffee Maker is a unique way to get your fix outdoors. This machine overcomes all the troubles of brewing espresso outdoors by allowing you to press the beans, light up a small flame at the base of the unit to brew your cuppa, and stores the surplus too!
3. One Arm Coffee Bandit! The Nilko “IMO”, by Alisson Wilson Stroher
Are you up for some arm wrestling? No? ok coffee wrestling? Aha… the Nilko “IMO” concept coffee maker wrestles you into making the java just right and nothing else.
It seems, the weirder espresso machine ‘s shape, the better:
Next one would be “espresso machine” in cubist, or Picasso- style, or entirely deconstructed, with parts dangling around…
Unusual Coffee Machines and Coffee Bean Grinders
5. “Cocoon” Coffee Machine by Jan König
Power of two spheres! This sophisticated pot features twin-spherical bowls and the water is heated via induction in the outer sphere. A pump in the handhold transports the warm water to the filter and finally the ready coffee drips into the inner sphere. The resulting cavity (where the water was before) between the both spheres, now serves as a natural insulator and keeps the coffee warm.
6. “Hottie”, by Arpan Maiti
On the go and don’t want to indulge in the impersonal Barista? Concoct your own potion of love with the Hottie. It uses silver as the conductive metal, with 3 modular containers to hold instant coffee, creme, and sugar. When not in use, the drinking cup hides the 3 containers on a heating base with retractable cord. When you’re ready for that morning joe, remove the containers, invert the cup and set it on the base. Mix your drink and plug it in. Within 2 minutes you’ve got your hot drink.
7. A Cool Jet Set & A Cup Warmer Tray
More entries from Nespresso Design Contest Left image: a concept Nespresso brewer that is to be enjoyed aboard your private aircraft. On the right is a service tray that doubles up as coffee warmers! – by Jeremy Myrier:
8. Only Serious Coffee Drinkers Need Apply!
This coffee machine makes it almost a ceremonial process of roasting, grinding and brewing of fresh green beans… Designed by Tom Metcalfe:
If have an intimate relation with your beans, I mean coffee beans, then the Heart Bean is perfect-o for you. Made from a single piece of carved wood, this coffee grinder compliments your body contours to the T. don’t get me wrong, but people are passionate about this drink:
Complement your cool espresso machine with a LATTE ART MACHINE!
If you like what you see in the images below… “Latte Art” has become quite popular of late, and a specialized machine makes it easy to create, perfect every time:
Here are some examples of the art made by the machine, displayed at SIGGRAPH 2008:
More great latte foam art examples are under:
Other weird examples of coffee culture and gadgetry:
Students of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv, Israel, are responsible for these design ideas for espresso cups – some are neat enough to find some customers, if manufactured:
If you are Chuck Norris, then you serve coffee in this manner: