The most expensive espresso machine might seem out of place for those with little imagination when it comes to the various ways the rich and mighty of our world has created as their material expression of their wealth and rare class.
For most persons the desire to want to know of such an espresso machine could be as a result of mere curiosity and for others, it could be another means through which the gap between the rich and the poor can be measured in a world inflicted with financial inequality.
But if you are a coffee lover then it should interest you to know that the making of a cup of coffee that is considered ordinary by many can actually become a process that is entirely a ritual to demonstrate wealth.
And i kid you not when i tell you that the most expensive espresso machine is so expensive that its price tag can actually buy the most expensive drone in the world, three times over and still have a huge chunk left.
That espresso machine is called Javabot. And if you want this coffee making master piece than you should be ready to put down $1,000,000 before you can be declared its newest owner.
But who in the right mind can even dare to have this machine in the house except for business purpose? Of course, those reach people that love making statements by buying expensive things.
The Javabot keeps “green” beans in the same atmospheric conditions they’re grown in, accounting for and adjusting humidity in his hermetically-sealed tubes, to stop them going stale.
Other than loading the machine with raw beans and handing over the finished coffee drink, the Javabot requires no manual labor at all. Which means fewer baristas are needed.
The coffee machine is connected by pneumatic tubes, between storage bins, a roasting station, a grinder and a brewing machine.
Mike Caswell, a manufacturing engineer and former Starbuck’s executive is the brain behind Javabot (which now automates the entire coffee-making and product-delivery process) and the company that runs it, Roasting Plant.
“I had an amazing experience working for Starbucks and it has done great things for the industry. Over time though, as an engineer, I grew a little frustrated following a retail model that hasn’t changed in decades, and I knew that there must be a better way,”
“The challenge I gave myself was to see if I could find a way to offer high-quality, freshly roasted coffee with a choice of beans, and do it in a way that was easy and efficient for customers. Javabot was born out of this challenge and it allows us to offer just-roasted coffee in every store all the time,” he says.
“While we are huge advocates of fresh coffee, we also understand that coffee is not at its peak of flavour immediately out of the roaster. We let the coffee to rest before we brew it, so we’re always roasting ahead of demand by somewhere from 12 to 48 hours,”
Describing the whole process, The Roasting Plant has the following to say:
A patented Roasting Plant invention, Javabot first holds “green” beans in a series of clear storage columns. When it’s time for roasting, the beans are automatically measured out by weight and then “whooshed” into the roaster via bursts of air through clear pneumatic tubes. It’s exciting to watch, but the process isn’t just for show: Those curved tubes are specifically designed to keep the freshly roasted beans from breaking in transit. (Like grinding, breakage releases coffee’s flavor, which should ideally happen only moments before brewing.) Once roasted, the beans are blown back into the columns where they rest for no longer than 48 hours, allowing their flavors to mature without decaying. Then they’re dispensed in first-in-first-out order into our brewer or retail bags at the peak of their freshness.
Every cup of Roasting Plant coffee comes with our promise of the highest standards of quality, flavor, and freshness. At our retail stores, that means that roasted beans are measured out one order at a time by Javabot—- you can even blend up to three different varietals in a single cup—- and then brewed within a split second of grinding thanks to our custom-designed Swiss brewers. Since these machines leave no residue behind after each grinding, our system preserves the unique qualities of each varietal.
On our online store, you can choose custom sizes of any of our 11 varietals, which will be shipped to you no later than 48 hours after the beans have been roasted. (Or order them “green” if you’d rather do the roasting on your own.) You can also sign up for our subscription service to receive regular shipments—- the best choice for the freshest product.
“Regular customers become more curious as they hear beans fly through the tubes. As they ask more questions, the baristas might recommend a single origin bean or blend of up to four that they think the customer might like based on their tastes,” Caswell says.
“We use four different categories based on how the coffee tastes, kind of like wine – strong and bold, aromatic and complex, mild and smooth, and sweet and delicate – to make it easy for the customer to make a selection.”
As the most expensive espresso machine, the Javabot is not just efficient but is a unique beast tied to The Roasting Plant