With the kitchen and pantry space having undergone radical design changes in the last few years, the coffee machines seem to be getting whackier by the day, as new ideas emerge from different brands. We saw the Expresso Veloce coffee machine that virtually put a V12 engine, but in a coffee making avatar. Before that, we had the Blossom Coffee Machine that had an ex-NASA and Apple engineer work on it's exotic design. Now Alpha Dominche has returned at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event with the Steampunk 4.0 machine, bearing a price tag of $15,000. When it was initially showcased last year at the SCAA event, it won the award for the Best New Product. The coffee and tea brewing machine brings in a whole lot of techniques to get the best out of each cup with techniques such as French Press, or even Siphoning Over with a single device.
The coffee chains which have a high turnout at the outlets, will certainly be impressed with the features these machines have. Though expensive, but this machine certainly does a world of good to increasing productivity in terms of quality and quantity at the same time. Each Alpha Minche 4.0 Steampunk can prepare 4 cups at the same time, with each brew being a custom one. In an hour, the machine can churn up between 60 to 80 cups, which takes care of most of what cafe owners would be looking at.
The looks match the capabilities pretty much all the way. The boiler gets shifted below the service counter, which gives the servers more space to work with. Only the glass columns are seen above the counter, which would enhance the visual appeal to customers and users alike.
For those looking to install one of the Steampunk 4.0 machines in their cafes, or even a private pantry with frequent usage, can opt for 2 or 4 crucible models. The choice would depend on the capacity of the cafe where the brews are being churned out. Also, the machine is out on pre-order, and some outlets in New York, Salt Lake City, Santa Cruz in California, are being majorly targeted at the moment but with demand rising, one could be seeing these in a lot of outlets of Barista and cafe Coffee Day.