Seattle revolutionized the coffee business, so it makes sense that some of the sleekest espresso machines on the planet are hand built by the Seattle Espresso Machine Corporation. Its Slayer machines claim only about 1 percent of the commercial market, but any coffee aficionado with a taste for artful design knows the graceful arc of Slayer’s steam wands, the custom-made hardwood handles on the “barista dashboard,” and the gleaming symmetry of its pump and regulator gauges. The boutique designer/manufacturer, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, employs nearly 40 people in the Georgetown neighborhood. (See last photo for a finished machine.)
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