The Spitfire, designed by Supermarine, was the most widely used fighter aircraft among the British Royal Air Force during World War II, designed for high-performance interception and high top speeds. It also looks pretty rad.
It is from these functional and aesthetic design cues that the team at Espresso Parts’ Custom Shop recently created a Spitfire-inspired espresso machine described as a La Marzocco GS3/GB5 “mashup.” The two-group machine was built for The Hangar Cafe in Singapore, which not coincidentally during the war was an Allied stronghold and a prominent base for the RAF. The Hangar Cafe, as you might expect, is also aircraft-themed.
Sure, comparing combat aircraft to espresso machines is a bit off-target, as it were, but this machine is a beauty.
Here’s more from Espresso Parts on some of the custom and GS/GB5 mashed up components:
- Individual MP GS3 brew boiler with custom configured pump head for variable pre-infusion pressure
- PID heating control on all boilers
- GB5 steam boiler with modified hydraulic circuit to preheat steam boiler water
- Right steam wand fitted with custom foot pedal and air actuated switch
- Shipped with Vortex and Foam Knife steam tips
- Custom made and modified machine body with riveted, brushed aluminum and stainless steel body panels, black walnut side panels, wrinkle powder coating and hand painted stripping and body details