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Italy, meet Seattle. The best of both worlds.

Our goal is the espresso quality you get from Italian professional espresso machines such as the La Marzocco Strada EP, but in a machine made for your home. By applying the engineering chops of Seattle's high tech community, we aim to extend the vision of what an espresso machine can be. We achieve rock-solid temperature and pressure with technology, instead of a large metal boiler. A touch tablet controls everything. The Internet is part of our DNA. Our heroes are Synesso and Slayer®, two other Seattle-based companies innovating amazingly in the professional barista market. We hope to do the same for the highly discerning home espresso drinker.

Making a decent espresso is really difficult

Espresso is very exacting: your brew temperature and pressure have to be nearly perfect. Off by a few degrees and your drink will be acceptable, but not great. We solve this with our own water-mixing technology, which combines slightly-too-hot water with a small stream of cool water to get it just right. Not only does the DE1 nail the desired pressure, but it's one of the few espresso machines to tell you the real pressure at the coffee puck. Most espresso machines tell you the pressure at the pump, which is not useful.

This need for precision is why most coffee shops make so-so espresso drinks. Even good coffee shops are often inconsistent. Well-performing professional machines are expensive and demand great skill. With most home machines, you don't stand a chance of making a decent espresso. We want to change that.

Compare our espresso machines

The Best Home Espresso Machine

Barista level coffee

A machine that a professional barista would be pleased to have at home. Rock solid temperature, pressure profiling, and presets authored by award winning baristas to get you started.

Nicely built

All metal chassis. Drip tray and water tank made of glazed ceramic. The holes in our portafilter basket are perfectly calibrated with a microscope.

No waiting

Fast warm up: always less than five minutes. Our water mixing technology guarantees accurate and instant temperature changes. Make one espresso shot after another with no pausing. Instant and endless steam immediately after your shot ends.

No guessing

Real-time temperature, pressure and water flow rate displayed on-screen. Espresso flows visibly from a bottomless portafilter, to help you spot problems and perfect your technique.

Plastic free water

Most home machines have a plastic water tank: ours is made of food-grade glazed ceramic. No toxic BPA water worries. No aluminum in the water path.

Easy cleaning

All removable parts are dishwasher safe and made of either metal or glazed ceramic. The metal case withstands regular cleaning and (unlike plastic) isn't allergic to common cleaning products.

Tablet Controlled

Totally controlled from the included touch-screen tablet. It's super-easy: tap to make espresso, tap to foam milk, tap to change the brew temperature, or choose a pressure profile made for you by competition baristas.

Beyond the machine

Our web site and open source tools provide an ecosystem of additional functionality, such as crowdsourced best settings for popular coffee brands, optimizing your caffeine intake, a "teaching mode" and more.

Highest Quality Portafilter Basket

The perforated metal basket that holds your coffee grounds is a suprisingly vital component in making espresso.

The Most Advanced Home Espresso Machine

Temperature accuracy

Consistently accurate to +/- 1°C. Professional machines often drift by as much as 3°C; and home machines are usually 10°C; off. This is the most important factor in high end espresso.

Accurate Pressure

Easily set your espresso brew pressure between 0 and 9.5 bar. Classic espresso is around 9 bar, but recent trends favor lower pressure, such as 8.4 bar or even as low as 6 bar. Our machine is accurate to an average of 1% of your pressure goal.

Pressure Profiling

Choose the variable pressure you want over the course of making a coffee shot. World champion baristas have used this technology for years to win competitions, but it's never before been available in a home machine.

Mimicry

Choose "brew recipes" that mimic the temperature and pressure characteristics of famous classic espresso machines. Imitate the flavors found in manual lever machines, La Marzocco™, and Slayer® espresso machines.

Simple to use

An easy "tap to do this" tablet touch screen interface makes great espresso push-button simple, with so much flexibility and power under the hood.

Hot Water Dispenser

Choose the exact temperature you want the hot water to be, and how long to pour for. Have an extra hot Americano, the same way, every time. Also useful for making delicate tea.

Real Pressure Readings

Most espresso machines tell you the pressure at the pump. Pressure at the coffee puck is actually what you need to know, and that's what our machine does.

110V or 220V

Our machine is available in two voltages, compatible with all worldwide voltages and plugs, and is certified to the UL and CE safety standards.

Timed Shots

Your espresso shot stops automatically after your set number of seconds has elapsed.

Open Minded

Our tablet software is open source, as is our API. This allows the community to extend the capabilities of our machine. Even if you're non-technical, you'll benefit from the free software community's creations.

An Even Better Machine?

You might be interested in our higher end espresso machine: the DE1+. It builds on the DE1 to create the best espresso machine on the planet.

Specifications

Dimensions

Dimensions of the espresso machine with the tablet are 16.25" tall, 8.75" wide, and 14" deep. (41cm tall x 22cm wide x 35cm deep). As most kitchen cabinets are no lower than 18", your espresso machine should fit under your them.

Weight

The espresso machine weighs about 26lbs (12kg) The tablet weighs 12oz (350g) and comes with a metal/magnetic Steelie stand attached to it.

Electricity

The 110V version requires a 15A circuit. The 220V version requires an 8A circuit. Our two water heaters (steam and brew) are rated at 1350W each.

Pump life

The pumps in the DE1 and DE1+ are rated as having a lifetime of 10,000 espresso shots. The pumps in the Pro versions are rated as having a lifetime of 200,000 espresso shots.

Drip tray

The drip tray is made from food-safe black enameled ceramic and has a capacity of 24oz (700ml). It is dishwasher safe.

Water tank

The water tank is made from food safe white ceramic and has a capacity of 68oz (2L). It is dishwasher safe.

Housing

The exterior housing is made of stainless steel and alumimum. It does not have any plastic. It is black powder coated.

Back splash

The back splash is made of 2mm thick reflective stainless steel.

Steam

Steam milk immediately after your shot ends. Our "cool touch" steam wand features a solid teflon inside tube to keep the metal cool to the touch.

Water Source

The DE1 and DE1+ water tanks are filled by hand. You can slide the water tank forward or backwards to fill it. The Pro version includes a plumbing kit and a catering kit.

Portafilter

A bottomless portafilter of our own design is included, with a 18g basket (also of our own design). The portafilter handle is black stained Bubinga wood.

Tablet Specifications

The tablet has a 720P resolution (1280x800). It is running Android 4.4.3 or later and is not locked down in any way.

Tablet Software

Our tablet software will run on most Android tablets using OS version 4.4.3 or later. The source code to our tablets is licensed under GPL v3.0. Our artwork is licensed under Creative Commons by-nc-sa v4.0.

Water Heating

We have developed our own on-demand water mixing technology. A delicate stream of cold water is added to slightly-too-hot water in order to bring it down to the desired temperature. This approach gives us incredible accuracy and lets us vary the water temperature during a shot.


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