06 Jul '18, 7am
Interview with Kees van der Westen
Mention the name "Kees van der Westen" in high end specialty coffee circles, and people instantly know who -- and what -- you're talking about. He's recognized as one of the most serious and innovative espresso machine designers of the past few generations, and for the longest time, he was the sole innovator in aesthetic design in espresso machines. But aesthetics were not the only driving force for van der Westen; he intensely focused on the mechanics and engineering underneath the hood. Study of the espresso brewing process led him to push the technological edge on things like multiple boilers, preinfusion systems, and how pressure is applied to the water brewing espresso. He is also the world's current leading expert on the lever brewing group, and the only one out there actively improving the design of what could be the best brewing group possible for espresso extracti...