It's a direct lever system, Euro power only at the moment, and well... it looks really cool at first thought, but upon closer inspection, seems quite janky to me... and it's all about the lever. Look at how it is designed, how it pushes through the whole open boiler? The angle of the arm. The fittings. Just visually, it doesn't seem like it would stand up to years of use.
But this is all on a first glance. What do you folks think?
The thing I think I like the most about this machine (in the vimeo vid) is the super sleek chopped portafilter design. It's not really practical (are you going to tamp 30lbs with the bottom of the actual filter basket sitting on your table / bench / messy work area?) but sure does look super sweet.
yakster Senior Member Joined: 25 Feb 2009 Posts: 1,043 Location: San Jose, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Factory / La Peppina... Grinder: Vario / Kyocera Vac Pot: Yama 8 + Pyrex Lox-in Rod Drip: Brazen / Kalita / Chemex /... Roaster: Behmor
Posted Thu May 15, 2014, 4:58pm Subject: Re: A new wall-mount, lever espresso machine? Strietman?
The open kettle design was the first thing that I noticed. Since the La Peppina was my first lever espresso machine, I have a certain fondness for the simplicity and thermal stability of an open kettle design. Tamping with the filter basket resting on your tamping surface doesn't bother me too much, I use a hockey puck to tamp on and either tamp the coffee in the basket or in the naked portafilter, either way I make sure that the hockey puck is cleaned off beforehand.
Bostonbuzz Senior Member Joined: 30 Apr 2010 Posts: 22 Location: Boston Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri May 16, 2014, 12:35pm Subject: Re: A new wall-mount, lever espresso machine? Strietman?
I've had one for a couple of years, so they hold up! Nothing structural on it that isn't made out of aluminum, SS, brass or wood. Wouter is clearly committed to this project since he's taken some suggestions to heart and continually improved the machine. For example, changing the dispersion screen and upgrading the temperature stability on the ES3 model - not to mention the nice new mount.
I love mine (have a big thread on HB about it). Took some getting used to, the entire prep is done with the basket in hand rather than in the portafilter. Yes, you have to tamp with it on the table, but your table doesn't have to be dirty. It's a simple, stripped down espresso basics machine. The simplicity and structural beauty remind me of certain other classic product designs as well. Of course, it's not for everyone ;).
Posted Fri May 16, 2014, 2:04pm Subject: Re: A new wall-mount, lever espresso machine? Strietman?
Mark, some of us lever geeks have been following Wouter's machine since the beginning. He seems like a very nice guy, totally committed, and obviously his design in many ways is a tribute to the classic "kettle" style machines such as the Arrarex Caravel. I'd guess it's well over 2, towards 3 years he's been refining this machine, though I have no doubt the machine BostonBuzz proudly owns produces coffee every bit as good as the newest iteration.
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