Who said concrete doesn’t belong in the kitchen? The AnZa concrete coffee machine takes the everyday appliance and turns it into a full-scale piece of brutalist art. Rigid, unrefined and impossibly over the top, this espresso machine isn’t just a counter-top decoration, it’s an essential ode to industrialism. Oh, and it makes a damn fine cup of coffee.
The AnZa company was co-founded by two designers Andrew Smith and Per Ivar Selvaag when they were both working at Montaag design firm in Berkeley California. “A few years ago, they set out on a creative experiment. What could it look like to treat an appliance like a work of art – without sacrificing quality? “Based on the design team’s love of coffee, and our shared office space with an espresso repair shop, the AnZa design process kicked off,” said Smith and Selvaag.
The studio worked alongside espresso repair shop Kanenm Coffee to borrow expertise when it comes to coffee making. For this release, Smith and Selvaag scoured salvage yards and workshops in San Francisco to find unusual materials before settling on several core elements, including concrete, wood, steel, brass, and glass.
According to Smith and Selvaag, each machine features a hand-cast concrete shell and a distinct silhouette, accented with touchpoints and powder-coated accents in Corian, a stain-resistant, nonporous material developed by DuPont. While the brutalist design aesthetic is the drawcard, AnZa also features softened minimal elements including a ceramic plate and polished metal pole switches.
From a coffee making perspective, the machine is a dual-use single boiler design, with a stainless steel 300ml boiler heated from ambient to brew to steam temperatures by a 1,350-watt heating element. “AnZa comes equipped with an electronic PID controller that provides consistent water temperature to ensure you get the quality you expect every time,” said Smith and Selvaag.
If you are after the most brutally beautiful cup of coffee on the planet, you can back the AnZa concrete coffee machine via their website below.