Espresso machines are beginning to change in many ways. The Decent espresso machine, which is a compact and smart machine, is a great example of what’s to come. An app installed on a tablet that comes with it allows you to control all aspects of the brewing process, including brewing time, temperature, water pressure and flow, and pre-infusion time. It’s perfect for dialing in shots and bringing out different flavor notes from the same coffee, allowing experimentation with different facets of a brew.
But personalizing a tablet in a fast-paced cafe may not be ideal, which is why it comes with pre-programmed settings. During our visit to their factory, they also showed us a prototype of a touch control panel on the group head that will be available as an upgrade to their existing machines. Using their DE1PRO model in our HQ is a blast and we’re excited for what else is coming next.
While Italy is generally held up as the gold standard of espresso machine manufacturing, Decent espresso machines are made in a small industrial building on the other side of the globe: Hong Kong. But switching production from Europe to Asia is just the start of how the guys at Decent are shaking off the old rules. Usually, with a fancy machine that has multiple boilers, the general rule is that bigger is better.
Decent’s machines are compact and minimal. And rather than using manual knobs, theirs is programmed through a tablet that allows you to take full control over pressure, temperature, and flow during the brewing process. Also gone is copper tubing, which is replaced here with hoses. Large boilers? Out the window. The Decent machine doesn’t even store boiling water, opting instead to boil it on demand for efficiency.