Georgetown Neighborhood, Seattle, WA. I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Slayer Espresso's amazing digs down inside the Original Rainier Brewery building. I think the only thing cooler than the building are the people that occupy it. Slayer Espresso among them.
I have long been a fan of the the technology developed by Slayer and their unique approach to espresso extraction that makes their machines different from every other machine on the market, specifically flow-rate profiling.
A 3-group version 3 Slayer in the early stages of production. Each machine is custom built per customer's specification. Each machine has a boiler for each brew group, a separate steam boiler, and an additional boiler that preheats all water used in the machine. While designed for temperature stability, a bonus of this pre-heat boiler is much of the scale that comes out of water is delivered here, adding to life of the other boilers.
Needle valves, solenoids and other parts awaiting installation.
Boilers await installation.
A 3-group in a beautiful flat black.
The long awaited single group Slayer. While one of two prototypes in this photo, production of these is under way.
Inside the top cover is a straight forward user interface.
The blue knobs adjust the needle valve, thus the flow rate in the first stage of extraction.
Pulled..and drank... lots of our espressos in short order. Didn't sleep well that night.
Jason Prefontaine, the founder of Slayer. A man and his machine is a beautiful thing.
Venia Coffee will be pulling shots with Slayer at the SCAA Event this upcoming April here in Seattle. If you are in town, we would love to show off some of our awesome coffees on these great machines.