Feel like a diabolical villain pulling a wall-mounted lever – not to set off some explosive chain of events, but to make yourself a dainty little cup of espresso. The sleek copper and birch Streitman ES3 Espresso Machine uses a rarely-seen Italian technique developed in the 1950s to produce the perfect brew.
Pulling the lever forces hot water through the ground coffee with a piston, resulting in a single creamy cup of espresso. A dual-spout is available for multiple cups. The open boiler holds up to 12 ounces of water, and the machine also comes with three filter baskets, a custom tamper and an anti-dust lid.
The manual action enables the user to be a more active part in the espresso-making process, giving you more control over the end result. The ES3 is handmade in the Netherlands, produced in small batches. That level of quality definitely comes at a price, with the unit retailing for $1,700.
Strietman also recently released the CT2 model, “the espresso machine in its purest form. With centerpiece industrial design and silent operation, the CT2 celebrates its simplicity, trusting the user with full manual control of every extraction.”
“The machines I like the most are always those with a human element. A physicality to their operation, a robustness to their mechanism, and an infinite nuance to their output. I saw this in the first vintage Italian espresso machines I encountered. Instead of dials and indicators and noisy electronic pumps, there was just a single lever. And the irresistible urge to pull it.”
“That incredible purity of purpose has inspired every espresso machine I’ve created. A technology that’s made visible, touchable. That neither holds your hand nor punishes you for experimentation. A ritual that becomes an artform, driven by the knowledge that the next cup will be better than the last.”