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PORTLAND, OR (APRIL 19 - 21, 2012) -- Enthusiastic coffee trade professionals from around the world who gather at the Specialty Coffee Association of America's (SCAA) 24th Annual Exhibition will discover coffee theatre and alchemy in booth number 10085. The STEAMPUNK, designed by 10-year coffee industry veteran Khristian Bombeck and manufactured by Alpha Dominche (rhymes with Da Vinci), will be introduced as an automated, temperature-controlled 21st Century version of the traditional siphon brewing method. This ultra-sleek, single-cup coffee brewing system enables the barista to simultaneously transform up to four types of coffee into four distinctive, well-balanced cups of coffee in as little as 30 seconds.

With just a few quick taps on the touch screen, the barista customizes the STEAMPUNK brewing process to optimize the flavor of each beverage. The anticipation then begins. The customer is treated to a dazzling theatrical presentation as the STEAMPUNK's gleaming glass crucibles fill with swirling steam. The barista then places the ground coffee on the piston and plunges it into the crucible. The grinds whirl and dance as they're agitated and aerated by the millions of tiny bubbles. At the barista's command, the liquid coffee is pulled by vacuum through a specially designed ultrafine photo-milled metal filter, and the dark brown elixir streams gracefully into the awaiting cup. Bombeck explains, "The STEAMPUNK's 'back to the future' technology enables the barista to 'choreograph' an impromptu multi-sensory experience with precision control while the customer as 'spectator' enjoys a front row seat with the liquid coffee as performance art. This machine will transform the café customer's daily ritual."

Bombeck notes, "As a roaster and coffee bar owner, I took pride in offering my customers consistently well-prepared filter-drip and espresso beverages made with high quality, freshly-roasted coffees. But as the mechanical pour-over method gained in popularity, I became frustrated by how long it took to brew each cup and how challenging it was to engage my customers during the long wait time. My main reasons for creating the STEAMPUNK were to take the customer’s sensory experience and satisfaction to a higher level and to make world-class coffee beverages accessible to all. "

“The design team and I chose the name, because it encapsulates what we're trying to achieve in a single word -- STEAMPUNK is a widely recognized aesthetic that combines mechanical mastery, sensory appeal and advanced control," reveals Bombeck. The result of this process is up to four simultaneously brewed, customized cups of coffee, each with its own unique optimum flavor and almost no perceptible bitterness.  From the café owner's perspective, The STEAMPUNK offers speed, efficiency and consistency, resulting in increased customer satisfaction.

Bombeck welcomes SCAA conference attendees to a demonstration in booth number 10085, "Portland is one of America's great coffee towns. We're delighted to share our creation with the city's discerning coffee aficionados and the global coffee community." Look for the Alpha Dominche design team and baristas in white Tyvek suits with the black STEAMPUNK logo at the Oregon Convention Center. For more information contact Khristian Bombeck at 406-581-7354, press@alphadominche.com or follow him on Twitter at @alphadominche.

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