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.
They’ve been very transparent with us, even opening their factory doors for a tour the assembly line. In this photo you can see the small, independent boilers. On the right side are the steam boilers, on the left are the water boilers.
And they’ve got many more goals for the future, which we’ll discuss over the next couple of months. Stay tuned!
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