In Grand Prix racing, time is measured in one thousandths of a second and is very the essence of this sport. As in the art of creating a perfect cup of coffee, timing is critical.
As a tribute to automotive design engineers, racing teams and motoring enthusiasts around the world, Paolo Mastrogiuseppe has created Espresso Veloce, an espresso machine in the form of a Grand Prix motor. Meaning “espresso speed”, Paolo’s espresso coffee machine is an engineering masterpiece, a combination of art and function.
Paolo is a South African born designer and visionary of Italian descent. As a multi-disciplined mechanical engineer, he practices his craft by creating artworks that are both beautiful and functional. His Espresso Veloce machines are handcrafted using aerospace alloys from the manufacture of Grand Prix Formula One race cars, and manufactured in his state-of-the-art facility.
Available in limited numbers, his Espresso Veloce coffee machines are half-scale models of the engines that powered Grand Prix cars during the 1990s racing era, and are available in either V8, V10 and V12 configurations. Further, he offers his clients custom colour combinations, allowing the discerning owner to create a unique work of art.
In keeping with his passion for coffee and high-powered engines, Paolo has also created a quarter-scale model of a modern jet engine that functions as a coffee and tea dispenser, namely the Aviatore Veloce.
“The engine is the heart of an aircraft, but the pilot is its soul,” he says.
With the clear understanding that aviation is the branch of engineering that is unforgiving, and where technical excellence is critical, he handcrafts these masterpieces individually, and in limited numbers, from aerospace grade alloys.
The Aviatore Veloce’s mechanicals look complex but are simple to operate. Sliding open the turbine shell exposes the internal workings and three litre titanium water tank – it resembles a cascade-type reverse thruster. This opens up a filter housing which holds the coffee grinds or tea leaves (one can also use coffee or tea bags). Closing it and pushing the volumetric programmable buttons dispenses the brew into a cup.
The turbine blades turn at a steady and safe 38rpm when the device is switched on. Weighing in at 28kg and with the dimensions of 800mm in length and standing 480mm high, the patented Aviatore Veloce conforms to worldwide health and electrical safety regulations.
Each unit is individually numbered and only 100 units will be produced globally.
* For further details, visit www.superveloce.co