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The Brutalist Espresso Machine You’ll Ever S...

The Brutalist Espresso Machine You’ll Ever See

Sorry Hardcore Kids, you’re no longer the brutalest thing at the cafe. You can windmill and head-walk until the cows come home, but you’re no match for this Brutalist espresso machine (or just this once, the exXxpresso machine). It’s called the AnZa and the body is made out of concrete. Brutal.

Featured recently in an article on designboom (what’s the deal with all the funky capitalization, or lack thereof, in design? Seriously, designboom, your website is hard to read because of your lack of capital letters and other punctuational choices), the AnZa is a single-group espresso machine created at the Berkeley, California office of the design firm Montaag. This (soon-to-be) very real machine “irreverently expands the traditional espresso machine material vernacular, while showcasing streamlined construction for an improved user-experience and ease-of-maintenance,” according to Montaag’s website. The AnZa will also come in a white corian finish out if the concrete isn’t your speed. But let’s be honest, while the white corian model is elegant, it doesn’t have quite the same wow factor as its Brutalist counterpart.

Motaag Principal Per Ivar Selvaag tells designboom:

Surprisingly little in the way of new thinking has taken place in the world of espresso machines—especially given the attention paid to progressive interior architecture and how much real estate these machines take up in your kitchen.

I’m pretty sure Slayer, La Marzocco, Kees Van Der Westen, Specht, Pantechnicon, Zink, et al. would be inclined to disagree. You bascially added a shower knob to a Rancilio Silvia profile and turned it into a Brutalist brick (if it doesn’t work, you can always hit him with it). Moving the control panel to the top is cool and all—I do genuinely like it—but it’s about as revolutionary as the iPhone moving the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.

But revolutionary or not, the AnZa is still a showpiece, something that when the cafe doors open, people will certainly react to. designboom states that a Kickstarter for the machine will go live some time in August with an expected delivery date in early 2018.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network.

*top image via AnZa


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