What does it take to make the perfect cup of joe? While the fine details of how espresso machines influence the final product may be a mystery to most of us, what we do know is that if we were making cup after cup of coffee every day, we’d like to enjoy the view.
In comes Arvid Haüsser, a German design student at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. He has freed the espresso maker of its chrome shackles and automotive lines and brought it into the much gentler 21st century. The first step in innovating such an iconic piece of hardware, was to break it up into its various parts. This espresso machine consists of a water receptacle, water heater and a cup tray all mounted on an wooden brace which is in turn attached to a wall. Water flows from the receptacle on the left, and is then pressurized by a motor before it gets pumped to the to the water heater on the right. This drips hot water through the grinds and into a cup placed on the adjustable tray below. Mechanics sorted out, Haüsser’s turned his attention to making it pretty. All the visible parts of the machine are made of snow-white porcelain, matte black metal or warm wood, materials beautiful in their modesty. The choice of porcelain was not only a creative whim. The material performs well as a heat insulator, and does not affect flavor as metal does. And that’s not all. The machine can be disassembled and the parts thrown into a dishwasher.
This espresso machine is unfortunately not yet in production, but we have yet to come across a more ideal candidate for kickstarter.