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Link - Article by Radhika Seth of YankoDesign and A. Abrams

If there is no gorgeous woman in your kitchen, at least get a gorgeous espresso machine!

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.

("Pearl", by Andreas Diefenbach)

If it's the brass you want, the brass we got -

Vintage bliss... La Pavoni: Romantica Europiccola Brass Espresso Machine - buy it here

La Pavoni machine's details, dating from 1931 -

(images credit: tonx)

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 - more info:

(images via 1, 2)

Since 1947, The Elektra Company also makes handsome vintage machines - buy them here

(images via)

VFA Gold Dome "1930s" Espresso Machine and other fantastic Belle Epoque creations can still be found in select (mostly European) establishments:

(left image credit: Kristin & Adam)

(images via 1, 2)

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:

(for more info and images click here)

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!

(designer: Shao-Lun Chao)

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.

(designer: Alisson Wilson Stroher)

4. "Deconstructed" Espresso Machine by Adam Zerbib

It seems, the weirder espresso machine 's shape, the better:

(designer: Adam Zerbib)

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.

(designer: Jan König)

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.

(designer: Arpan Maiti)

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:

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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:

(see videos of how to use this machine here)

9. "Heart Bean Coffee Grinder", by Adi Navwany, Michal Shamsian, Itamar Paloge & Danielle Ram

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:

(designers: Adi Navwany, Michal Shamsian, Itamar Paloge & Danielle Ram)

10. Italian Espresso Futurism

Guillermo Sureda-Burgos, Italy, designs very desirable espresso machines (among other things). We definitely want one!

The Plastica Model:

The Aerodynamica Model:

(images credit: Guillermo Sureda Burgos)

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:

(images credit: tonx)

(original unknown)

Here are some examples of the art made by the machine, displayed at SIGGRAPH 2008:

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More great latte foam art examples are here.

(image credit: Sliadneva)

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:

(images via)

If you are Chuck Norris, then you serve coffee in this manner:

About the author: Yanko Design is a web magazine dedicated to introducing the best in modern international design, covering industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion. Radhika Seth is a Graduate in Commerce, but her passion for books and writing paved the way for content writing. As a professional writer, she’s got her finger on the pulse of the readers’ expectations. However this doesn’t stop her from getting her own opinion across as well.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fear your opening line about a gorgeous woman in the kitchen is going to irk a few people.

Other than that..my mouth is watering for some coffee..*drool*

Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome post, but u forgot a beautiful one. the bruno munari concorso:


hope the link works...

Blogger swag said...

The problem with this emphasis on design is that function tends to suffer. A LOT.

For example:

Anonymous Albert T. Wolf said...

They are nice for sure, but not necessarily that easy to handle. La Pavioni manual espresso machines (the ones in the beginning) for example take quite a lot of skill and practice to get it right.

Blogger Emily Veinglory: said...

Consider me irked.

Blogger Bernard said...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are pretty darn awesome designs. I especially love the third one.

And something to compliment it:


Anonymous FF said...

13 Very Cool Coffee Art, that's pretty cool.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last photo resembles the PC game "Portal"...

Blogger Laurence said...

yeah the last picture with the orange and blue rings around the mugs is a reference to valve's game Portal, which is great.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please give credit to those you grab photos from, even if they're on Flickr.

Your set of latte art photos came from here:


Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you for this info - we were wondering where this came from. Info adjusted.

Blogger Zulfadhli Ashari said...

I am considering buying an espresso machine for my dorm room next year, yes my dorm room. My college's coffee shop is disgusting. They use pre-ground Folgers for the espresso, among many other things. I've been a barista for two years and know the difference between a really good latte and one that tastes like mud, so quality is important to me.

Coffee Grinders Advice

Blogger Dave said...

Actually, the images come from here:


Looks like the complainer missed the link.


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