Introducing the ES3
Most espresso machines carry quite complicated electromechanical systems but the ES3 uses a simple and robust lever mechanism. This technology—developed in post-war Italy—gives you absolute control over the extraction process.
The coffee bean is a natural product and as such it is subject to subtle changes over time. Preparing the perfect espresso involves a continuous interplay between coffee bean, grinder and espresso machine. If during your extraction of an espresso you feel that the first coffee drops appear a little later and slower than expected, you can easily adapt the extraction process by pulling the lever down just a little bit harder. After finishing the shot, you will probably adjust the grinder to a slightly coarser setting but you just might also experience a new and deeper taste quality in the stronger brew.
As the palm of your hand leans on the lever and the espresso starts to flow, you will find that there is no system offering you more direct control than the ES3.
Furthermore, the ES3 water temperature is easily adjustable. This is very convenient because an Ethiopian bean could be most delicious if brewed on 88ºC whereas a robust Brazilian may sometimes be best extracted at 94ºC.
On the ES3, nothing is concealed. The open boiler shows the hot water and the filter basket contains the ground coffee. After the portafilter has been connected to the machine, you lift the lever. Then, from the top, you carefully apply counter pressure. The first droplets of coffee appear and the extraction has begun.
As the espresso flows, it is clear how quiet this machine is. You can listen to the finest Maria Callas recording while silently pulling your shot.
The ES3 has no casing. This is pure technology and form following function. The ES3 does without a concealing steel casing and there are no electronic push buttons; the machine was expressly designed from scratch with the prospect of never having a casing. In consequence, nothing can be hidden from sight. And this would be unnecessary too, because the ES3 has been manufactured using the very best materials. For safety reasons we did close off the box containing the heating element and thermostat. Every single part of this machine has been under close scrutiny because it is built to serve you for at least 20 years. Robust technology, durable materials and a design which will still match excellently in years to come.
“The classic male kitchen machine that finally can be appreciated by the whole family. It makes light roasted single origins taste amazing.”
“Great consistency shot after shot after shot, classic lever taste hard to find these days. Once you understand the machine, no other machine gives you the same experience.”
“There is nothing complicated and it makes exceptional espresso with ease. The ES3 is a fairly simple and straightforward machine”
“The ES3 is so refined, and there is more than a little cyber punk to the design.”