I do not recommend making espresso at home. People ask me all the time what home espresso machine I recommend, and until now I've always said, "don't do it." In order to make good espresso, you need water temp stability, a pump that produces consistent high pressure, and a massive grouphead. Not to mention that you'll likely need to pull a couple shots in the morning to dial in, and then you should backflush the machine when you're finished making coffee. But that's where Aram steps in and makes home espresso a legitimate possibility.
I happened upon the Aram guys at the Brazil coffee booth at the Specialty Coffee Expo earlier this year, and I thought it was a grinder. But they made me an espresso with it and I was duly impressed. So I bought one and started using it every day in my kitchen. It didn't take long for me to realize that, with the proper grind setting on my Comandante, I could make an excellent espresso with this simple machine. It's hand-crafted in Brazil, and its style looks great with our line of Comandante grinders.
There's no automation here. You have to boil the water in a kettle. Grind your favorite DoubleShot Coffee, and put it in the threaded portafilter basket, tamp, screw it in, and you're all set. The espresso is made by winding the handle up and then all the way back down, pressing a piston and forcing the hot water through your puck of coffee. Clean-up is easy too. Just knock the puck into the trash (or your compost) and rinse the basket under the faucet.
I took mine with me on a trip to Colorado recently, too. You can detach the Aram from its stand and the shot glass seats into the portafilter basket with a gasket, so you can make an espresso free-style.
We are the US distribution point for this new espresso maker, and we're receiving our first shipment from Brazil the week of November 11. We expect these to sell out fast, so we're now taking pre-orders, which we expect to ship to you around November 19. With each one made-to-order, supply is tight, and we don't expect our next shipment to arrive until just before Christmas. So order yours now.
To see a video of the Aram in action: https://vimeo.com/369671798
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