slayer’s chris flechtner brings japanese bladesmith design to the espresso bar




since 2007, seattle-based company slayer have been on a continual pursuit to perfect the espresso shot with the help of the latest technology. the completely new ‘steam’ machine offers coffee shops the ability to transform milk and focus on a quality driven, high-volume business. the final product was created by the company’s industrial designer chris flechtner who is continually drawn to the asian art wing at boston’s museum of fine arts. his outline of the slayer ‘steam’ finds similar lines found in japanese samurai swords and the details showcase his love for the craftwork done by bladesmiths. 

the slayer ‘steam’ espresso machine




the method of steaming milk has been drastically changed in the ‘steam’. the espresso machine’s dashboard lets users take control of steam temperature, flow rate, ultimately improving flavor in the milk beverages ordered by the majority of north american customers. it uses a compact super-heater that boosts the temperature of the steam and creates a dry, invisible vapor. by simultaneously increasing temperature and decreasing dilution, slayer’s latest machine affects milk on a molecular level, enabling full flavor development in all milk varieties.

built for high volume businesses, ‘steam’ features three drip stations and two steaming rods




made in seattle, ’steam’ is built for unforgiving and fast-paced production. the adjustable-height drain tray creates orderly, yet flexible workspace and an semi-automatic mode can be used to produce nine shots simultaneously. these features, combined with many considerations for workflow, ergonomics and durability make the slayer ‘steam’ one of the most efficient espresso machines on the market ideal for local shops busy first-thing in the morning. 

baristas can still stack cups with the help of the curved top metal handle 

the ‘galaxy’ black backplate of the espresso machine  

all the pipes have been disguised into the legs of the machine

the drip tray 

ultra-durable wood handles 

slayer’s research and development team led by jason prefontaine, chris flechtner and devin walker