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The LIGRE youn Brews up a Quietly Rebellious Design

The LIGRE Youn portafilter espresso machine is a minimalist design by industrial studio Relvãokellermann, designed to reflect the status quo and the icon it helped shape. The machine is anodized aluminum sheathed with a cylindrical group head, linear steamer wand, and lapel-sized monochromatic display. It features a wooden handle, digital display, stainless steel milk frother, tamper, and various coffee accessories on a wooden surface.

The LIGRE Youn’s design emphasizes efficiency and functionality, with large physical butterfly buttons at the top representing Liger’s “sensual engineering.” The machine’s portafilter handle adds warmth beyond its beverages. The design won the iF Design Award and gold at the German Design Awards.

The LIGRE Youn espresso machine is available in matte black or silver-beige, with its matching grinder priced around $1,300. It also has an ‘Easy’ mode for instant coffee and ‘Nerd’ mode for tweaking brewing parameters to users’ preferences. The machine is available in matte black or silver-beige, and its matching grinder costs nearly $1,300.

Despite its austerity, the LIGRE Youn has won several awards, including an iF Design Award and gold at the German Design Awards. The machine is available in matte black or silver-beige, and its simplicity doesn’t come cheap, with the Ligre Youn retailing around $4,300 with its matching grinder costing nearly $1,300.

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