If you are looking for a high-end coffee maker, look no further than the “Royal Coffee Maker” from Royal Paris. This coffee maker in every sense of the word is an opulent extravagance to have on your Italian marble kitchen counter top. Inspired by siphon coffee brewers in European Courts in the 1800’s, a talented group of French artists, sculptors, metallurgists, and engineers collaborated to create an updated extreme luxury version.
Almost entirely handcrafted, they have used several age-old casting methods to decorate the siphons crafted from brass. Decorative parts such as the gargoyle, counter weight, oak leaves, and finials are crafted using lost-wax or “cire perdue” method. This is very time-consuming work, it took them more than 5 hours to create the unique closing system named “chasing dolphins” for each unit.
When Royal Paris said handcrafted, they meant exactly that. They have performed elaborate chiseling, soldering and polishing all by hand using small tools to create every little detail on the coffee maker. There are eight different styles to pick from and available in finishes 24 karat gold, silver and copper with semi-precious stone decorations.
The base is available in a choice of black obsidian, azurite or malachite. Optional decorations include engraving of initials, family crests, company names, and logos etc. A carafe and a burner vase, handmade exclusively for the Royal Coffee Maker by French crystal glass manufacturer Baccarat complete the stylish ensemble.
When you watch Royal Paris the video below, you are going to notice the workings of the coffee maker is quite simple just like a Cuisinart version. However, there is one exception, instead of cold water, here to get things going you have to start with hot water. Pour hot water into the boiler pot, put ground coffee into the crystal carafe and light the burner vase. In few minutes your coffee is ready and the freshly brewed coffee will be transferred back from boiler pot to burner vase. And it doesn’t even use coffee filters.
Even though the each Royal Coffee Maker is numbered, it is more of a special edition than a limited edition collection. Depending on material and customization price will vary between £9,000 ($11,000) and £15,000 ($18,500).