One of the most exciting new espresso machines to hit the circuit in a few years is the Slayer Espresso Machine, out of Seattle, WA. This is a machine that was designed from the ground up to be a water-flow controllable machine for super fine tuning the art of espresso extraction. And it looks like a million bucks.
Several things sets the Slayer apart. First is the looks. It has a very unique silhouette both from the sides, and back and front. On the sides you see a dramatic X shape for the machine's legs and frames. From behind the machine has amazing sweeps and shapes to its rectangular body. And in front where all the action happens - gleaming chrome, metal, polished groupheads, beautiful side pull levers for the groupheads and even a shiny mirror like surface to reflect the shot pull back up at the barista.
And still more on looks - every Slayer can be customized to your wants and desires. Want polished chrome for the body? No problem. Want a complete wood outer body? They got you covered. Want painted enamel? Not a worry. Want brushed metal? Again, no problem.
On the inside, this machine is a wunderkind, and is constantly being improved. This year Slayer has developed what they call V3 of their grouphead design, for the single group machine and for others as well. One of the improvements saw the longevity of the mechanics in the grouphead increase dramatically - from 50,000 pulls to over a million, tested.
The machine brews through a unique pressure profiling system that is controlled by the barista, determining how much or how little water flow and pressure gets to the grouphead. With seasoned hands, this means really fine tuned, artisan espresso that has few peers.
They primarily build 2 and 3 group machines, but recently have also introduced a single group variant that will be available in both 110V and 220V versions. Contact the company for more info and pricing.
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