The mechanism of making espresso is simple. Although the life-giving elixir might seem magical, it's made by the simple method of pumping water through densely packed, finely ground coffee. Do it right, and what comes out is a dark brown, slightly thick liquid with a perfect dash of crema on top.

From a standard moka pot to a $2,000 Giotto Premium Plus V2, there are many products that specialize in making an espresso. But most of them only differ in a few key ways: how the water is forced through the coffee, and how hot it is when it comes through.

What makes the Strietman ES3 different from most espresso makers, then, isn't just its gorgeous copper-on-birch looks, or even the fact that it's wall-mounted, which frees up valuable counter space. It's the simplicity by which it actually makes your elixir.

The ES3 looks like a very slick way to wrangle yourself up a cup of morning Joe. It's also a beautiful objet d'art in its own right: As bright as a copper sunrise, the ES3 would look beautiful in even the dreariest kitchen. But if you buy one, you'd better be committed to drinking so much espresso that you vibrate through space-time. How else to justify the $1,700 asking price?

An Espresso Maker As Beautiful As The Sunrise

The Strietman ES3 has an ingenious piston design and a gorgeous wall-mounted copper-on-birch look.

The mechanism of making espresso is simple. Although the life-giving elixir might seem magical, it's made by the simple method of pumping water through densely packed, finely ground coffee. Do it right, and what comes out is a dark brown, slightly thick liquid with a perfect dash of crema on top.

From a standard moka pot to a $2,000 Giotto Premium Plus V2, there are many products that specialize in making an espresso. But most of them only differ in a few key ways: how the water is forced through the coffee, and how hot it is when it comes through.

What makes the Strietman ES3 different from most espresso makers, then, isn't just its gorgeous copper-on-birch looks, or even the fact that it's wall-mounted, which frees up valuable counter space. It's the simplicity by which it actually makes your elixir.

Generally speaking, espresso machines force water through the coffee grounds using either a pump or a boiling action. The Strietman ES3, however, uses a simple piston. All you do is pump water into the coffee, pull down on a lever, and the water is forced through the grounds and into your tiny espresso cup.

As Strietman notes, it's a simple mechanism that anyone can understand, just by looking at it. In fact, the Strietman ES3 doesn't work too differently from an AeroPress--but with the Strietman ES3, temperature control is an important part of the brewing process. Unlike an Aeropress, the ES3 allows even the most discriminating coffee snobs to specify the exact temperature of their coffee, thanks to a built-in electric water heater.

The ES3 looks like a very slick way to wrangle yourself up a cup of morning Joe. It's also a beautiful objet d'art in its own right: As bright as a copper sunrise, the ES3 would look beautiful in even the dreariest kitchen. But if you buy one, you'd better be committed to drinking so much espresso that you vibrate through space-time. How else to justify the $1,700 asking price?

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  • Jeremy Souders

    This is not "all design and no quality", I was lucky enough to get to go to the London Coffee Festival a couple years ago and met the creator of the ES device, Wouter. He had a small booth in the back of the hall where he was pulling shot after of shot of beauty.

    The genius of the ES3 is no pressured boiler, the water is heated to the exact temp to make espresso. This means no steam for milk stretching for cappuccinos, the ES3 is for espresso only

    Espresso is not made with steam, espresso is made with water at the temp of around 88-92 degrees (C), forced with 9 bars of pressure through a dose of around 14-21 grams of finely ground coffee beans for a double shot, resulting is an extraction of coffee that is about double the weight of the coffee in the dose. This extraction is best when it takes around 30 seconds to extract. These variables vary in different parts of the world, and to taste.

    Bialetti stove top coffee is brewed with steam and is almost always over-extracted.