The Mavam UCEM espresso machine looks unlike any espresso machine you have ever seen. When it was released, coffee executives from Japan and Europe flocked to a garage in Seattle to see its unveiling.
At Conduit Coffee Company on Westlake Avenue, you can see one in the wild. Two blue columns and some metal wands rise above the counter. Conduit owner Jesse Nelson told me over the whirling burr of a coffee grinder that the machine’s water lines are temperature controlled in three places and the whole machine can be worked on by turning a couple of screws.