The Grand Prix Of Espresso Machines
May 14, 2014
There’s no secret that coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. Over here in the Gulf it seems that every week there is a new roadside coffee shop opening, each creating a gridlock of supercars momentarily abandoned in neutral so that their owners can pop inside to get their quick 8am caffeine fix. We know this, because we are one of those people.
It’s fitting then, that with our love for cars and caffeine that our eyes would be drawn to arguably the coolest coffee machine we have ever seen; the Grand Prix model from specialist company Espresso Veloce.
Designed and developed in South Africa, this espresso machine is built to emulate the look and feel of high-powered Grand Prix car engines from the 90s – and it, dear readers, is an artistic and engineering masterpiece.
Hand-built using the same solid billet aluminium alloy, titanium alloy and super alloys used in high specification race car engines, Espresso Veloce’s creations are half-scale versions of the GP motors, and will set you back a cool AED 70,000 - about $19,000.
Each of the coffee machines are unique, can be customised with six colour options and are limited to 380 pieces. So don’t be surprised if you wake up one morning to find a queue of Maseratis and Ferraris outside your house waiting for you to start grinding the beans.