Slayer first launched its high-design, high-concept espresso machines in 2008, and over the last six years, the machines have gone from semi-legendary rare birds to increasingly common fixtures at high-end coffee bars around the world. These technical beasts were some of the first machines to offer controllable pressure during extraction, but they're as noteworthy for their striking bodywork as their technical power. Each machine is hand-built in Seattle, and recently, the small team at Slayer has been expanding into more in-depth customizations of materials and finishes for their high-end cafe customers.
Everywhere you turn these days, sick custom machine modifications are popping up, but some of the machines that our friends and partners at Slayer are coming up with are truly out of this world. We've always thought that these low-slung machines had a bit of a race-car feel to them, and the customizations they are now offer really take that to the next level. Just look at that leather! We've gathered together five of our favorite custom Slayers for your ogling pleasure, and include details from Slayer on the materials being used.
“Fratello Coffee Roasters & Analog Cafe custom yellow 3-group Slayer with polished X's, Bamboo Brew and Steam Actuators, Portafilter Handles and Cup Tray.” (Facebook)
“Black on Black–custom 3-group Slayer with matte black body, hubs, actuators and hardware contrasted with black nickel X's.” (Facebook)
“Blue Bottle Coffee Co.‘s new Slayer is inspired by the 1973 Citroën SM.” (Facebook)
This machine is going into Blue Bottle's Williamsburg cafe & roastery. You can read more about Slayer's design process, working with Blue Bottle founder James Freeman, on Slayer's website here.
“This V3 machine, headed to Indonesia, comes with the works: 2 groups, grained/nickel-plated body, matte black Xs, cup tray, hot water, and pre-brew timers.” (Facebook)
“Ninety Plus Coffee‘s custom Slayer is the kind of machine that we love to build: beautiful design for a killer concept. A serene white powder-coat contrasts beautifully with black cherry handles and actuators. For our second leather job to date, we paired oxblood leather with white stitches and a chromed trim” (Facebook)
You can read more about this all-white number over at Cool Hunting.
You can check out more photos of Slayer's latest custom builds here.