Everyday after lunch at the Top Gear Philippines office, I buy a P20 cup of coffee, bring it back to my desk, and down it like I would any other drink. If my acid’s acting up, I might splurge on a cold brew at the more expensive coffee joint downstairs. Either way, I’m as satisfied with either option as I would be drinking any other cup of joe out there.
A coffee connoisseur, I am not.
I do, however, have a passion for all things that have to do with cars. And this, the Espresso Veloce RS Black Edition— a glorified capsule-type coffee maker with a whopping €10,200 (over P500,000) price tag without tax and shipping—falls under this category.
The Espresso Veloce RS Black Edition is a tribute to the 993 air-cooled engines and is designed with an engine block in mind, complete with cylinder heads and cam covers. It’s composed of “aerospace-grade” stainless steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber. The whole build is handcrafted, and it’s topped off with a very attractive exterior matte black finish.
Total weight is 21.5kg, and it measures 380mm in length, 420mm in width, and 340mm in height. This would be a perfect addition to a car guy’s kitchen or, if you’re like me and wouldn’t know the first thing about working this contraption, would make for some nice eye candy anywhere in the home.
So, more than half-a-million pesos for a coffee machine. If you had that kind of money to blow, would you shell out for something like this, or a small and humble city car? Sound off in the comments.