When it comes to comes to coffee, we realise that a good cup of coffee isn’t just about the taste; it’s about where the coffee came from, who helped produce it and what you use to make it. In a world where coffee is fast becoming as fashionable as clothes and cars, it’s been thrown into the limelight, with artisan coffee shops popping up left right and centre. So, when it came to choosing a new coffee machine, the beautifully stylish, sleek design of the brand new Slayer Steam and Slayer Espresso seemed like our only option.
Since it was founded in 2007, Slayer have been pushing the boundaries of espresso machine design, creating new and innovative ways to make and monitor espresso with the goal of producing a distinctly better tasting cup of coffee. The designers wanted to rethink their approach to espresso but 10 years ago the coffee industry wasn’t the upmarket, artisan café fuelled scene it is today and hardcore coffee fans took a lot of convincing that these revolutionary machines could really produce a better cup of coffee.
The journey started at a workshop in Seattle using modern Italian machines and traditional levers as a platform for experimentation. Modified beyond recognition, these machines were ruthlessly tested and countless ideas were tried before finally settling on the one theory that proved to impact the flavor of the coffee most. By monitoring flow rate control using a precision needle valve at each grouphead, Slayer was reinventing the way we experience coffee and in doing so became pioneers of flavor profiling.
When Slayer Espresso first launched in 2009 at the Specialty Coffee Association of America in Atlanta, they had just two machines (the two they took with them). At the time, chief engineer Devin was working with Slayer as a side project to his full time aerospace job, but following the success of Slayer when it was finally revealed to the world, he quit his day job and took on his “side – project” full time.
Nearly 10 years on, coffee lovers all over the world have benefitted from these superior, sleek machines and their unique extraction technology. Boldly American, these strikingly different machines have become synonymous with the perfect brew and the innovators behind them have continued to push the boundaries of quality coffee with their latest venture, Slayer Steam. Sought after by baristas, the brew actuator has become a vital tool for finding the best in any coffee and since their inception over 1200 Slayer Espresso and Slayer Steam machines have become the vibrant center of so many bars, café’s and restaurants.
The Slayer Espresso’s Slinkier younger sister, Slayer Steam has been designed to transform the process of milk steaming by allowing baristas to control the steam temperature and flow rate, ultimately improving the flavor of the milk and the taste it gives to the coffee. Using Vaporizer technologies, the compact super heater boosts the temperature of the steam whilst creating a dry, invisible vapor that simultaneously increases temperature and decreases dilution. What makes the Slayer Steam stand out against other coffee machines is it’s effectiveness at steaming low fat and non dairy varieties of milk whilst still producing a beautifully glossy, sweet finish.
For any fledgling barista the Slayer is perhaps as daunting as the name suggests. Replacing the automatic single and double shot buttons we are so many familiar with are smooth to the touch, carefully crafted wooden panels that you use manually to control extraction. Whilst using a manual machine might be enough to make the amateur barista quake in their boots, for the skilled barista it’s the stuff of dreams, it’s the Maserati of the coffee world, the crème de la crema some might say. It offers the chance to thrive, for man and machine to work in complete symbiosis and to understand the real art of coffee making.
We are absolutely over the moon with our Slayer machines and we would love to give people the opportunity to try out these beautiful creations. We are the only company in the UK to stock three Slayer’s, one Slayer Espresso and two Slayer Steams.. If you’re passionate about coffee and would like to see what all the fuss is about we’d love to hear from you. Whether you’re a barista, a coffee fiend or just interested in the future of espresso, drop us an email to book an appointment or look out for our next open day.