For every sensational product line and piece of kit, there’s – somewhere – a pile of dusty prototypes, a group of starry-eyed beta testers, and an R&D team in need of much R&R. Slayer started right along these lines (plus or minus the vacation time) but, if you’ve followed along, you’ll notice: we’ve come a long way.
“How did we get here?”, we sometimes wonder. The evolution of our favorite espresso machine has fascinated, enlightened, humbled, and amused us. Its stages are many; its process, fun; its result, fulfilling. Now, happily building Slayer V3, we’re remembering the earlier versions and tackling your big question: What’s the difference?About Us
In Eastern Washington State, a new cafe serves espresso and pour-over from a vintage Airstream trailer. Step inside and you’ll see the most uncommon equipment, a machine that matches the rig. Now look at the barista: she’s hardly 8 years old.
You’re at Ström Coffee. That’s Miette. And this is her Slayer.
An espresso machine that reveals all secrets – and a cafe that bares none. Stay close as we seek the facts concerning this fabled beast and its faceless master. And, remember, nothing everything is as it seems.
Behold: rumor realized and myth manifest. The glass Slayer, incarnate, extracts among us.
Slayer’s collaboration with Ninety Plus is no coincidence. Years back, Jason and Steve Holt! (Ninety Plus, VP) spoke for the first time during a casual phone call; two hours later, they knew that they had just ignited a lethal spark.
When Ninety Plus joined us for the 2010 SCAA Event in Anaheim, it became clear that we were on to something. Pulling their Nekisse N2, we all enjoyed such nuance and clarity as we’d never before experienced. And we’ve been collaborating at trade shows around the world ever since.
Eventually, we learned about Ninety Plus’ hushed plans for a new retail concept. Working with them to design a special Slayer was a no-brainer, and the result is stupid-cool.
The SCAA Event comes to Seattle this year and we wouldn’t miss it for the world. Visit us at booth 9016 to sample the show’s best spro, prepared by the featured roasters below.
19 roasters, 3 machines, 1 booth. Rotating guests from all over North America will be brewing their best on two of our new single group machines, while Ninety Plus serves top-scoring espresso from a new, custom 3-group.
Need help? Find us on the showfloor map!
Shows & Jams
Team Slayer just returned from Hotelex – one of the world’s largest hospitality trade shows – and, shoot, we have stories to tell! The Great Firewall kept us quiet while on the inside but now, back in the States, we’re slaphappy to share what we saw. Here’s the best of our week in China.
Our weekend began at Jascaffe, one of China’s most prominent specialty coffee roasters, equipment suppliers, and training tanks. Jason, Dylan, and Chris lent hands at their stellar sales summit.
Shows & Jams
Ever seen a Slayer in action? Touched its wooden paddle and pulled a shot? Gripped the steam handle and blasted into a pitcher of cold milk? Then you know: these machines are about more than spec sheets.
Our clients come to us to get the most out of their coffee. But not just that: they want to slay in style. Collaborating on custom designs, we turn a fancy espresso appliance into their dream machine.
Almost half of the Slayers we build come with requests for customization. Some are simple color selections, some weird fantasies (no, we won’t shape your machine into a V12 engine), and some just plain wicked. James Freeman, founder of Blue Bottle Coffee, came to us with a wild vision for his first Slayer. And the result is stunning.