Venturing through central London, there is no denying we are in the golden age of pitstop coffee shops. Like everything else these days, speed, convenience and cost efficiency takes precedence over flavour, enjoyment and quality. When was the last time you sat down and consciously enjoyed a top-notch cappuccino? Or slowly sipped your espresso shot rather than chucking it back like a caffeine-crazed hooligan in a sports bar? Coffee has become an awakening tool, cherished for its positively addictive caffeine. In our fast-paced, ever-more-frantic lives, I fear we have lost sight of the true purpose of a good cup of coffee; its delectable flavour.
However, all is not lost. Royal Paris has saved the day with the creation of the Royal Coffee Maker. With an eye-watering price range of £9,000-15,000, it’s painstakingly handcrafted in 24-karat gold or silver with a crystal and semi-precious stone base. I think we can safely say this is the most extravagant, rakish coffee maker in the world.
Science and opulent design are blended (sorry, couldn’t resist) by French artist Jean-Luc Rieutort to produce a modern take on the historic balancing syphon brewer, used by 19th century royalty. Or, in other words, a lavish and fine example of caffeine craftsmanship. The art of brewing coffee is transformed into a ceremony by an automated system using scientific processes of heat, steam and gravity. This may all sound incredibly complicated, time-consuming and impractical, and that’s because, quite frankly, it is. But is it worth it? Absolutely.
Maria Tindemans from Royal Paris describes the machine as; “An elegant echo of the opulent age of house coffees when only the best was reserved for the rich and famous.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. This ingenious contraption produces coffee unrivalled in flavour. On top of that, it turns back the clock to a period of decadence and grandeur when coffee was drunk for its connotations of wealth and status rather than for its caffeine kick.
And so, to all those coffee connoisseurs out there, we implore you to take a break from your daily grind and give it a shot. Indulge in this luxurious, extravagant and exclusive gadget and transform your mornings. Everyone knows that Nespresso machines are has-beans.
£9,000 - £15,000, www.royalcoffeemaker.com.