Espresso equipment manufacturer Slayer — known for custom machines with highly stylized and distinctive group heads, levers and legs — has created a 24-carat-gold-plated espresso machine. It is, as you would expect, a stunner, featuring three group heads; padauk wood accessories, trim and handles; and loads and loads of gold.
The machine was ordered not by the King of France but by Doce Coffee and Brigadeiro, a New York coffee shop and bakery scheduled to open this summer in New York City, at 328 W. 15th Street in Chelsea. The shop will have a focus on South American coffees and baked goods, and Slayer says Doce owner Richard Agudelo wanted a machine that would celebrate two of Colombia’s most prized natural resources: gold and coffee.
Slayer says the machine, which sold for God-knows-what, was the last custom job out of its original production studio in the Ranier Brewery space. In a company announcement released yesterday, Slayer said, “Today, all manufacturing has been moved to a new and larger facility, which will allow for increased production and additional options for customization.”
We promise more on that as it develops. For now, just look at this thing: