The Lapera DS
Fastidiously made in Montreal.
Drawing deeply from classic espresso machine heritage, the makers of the Lapera DS have distilled the design, engineering, and aesthetics of the discipline into an exceptionally pure expression of a lever machine. From its proportions to its whisper-quiet operation, every detail reveals Lapera’s immeasurable commitment to quality.
The relentless pursuit of perfection
In 2016, in a transformed car wash in Montreal’s coffee-centric Mile End, an architect and artist with a passion for espresso and unfathomable dedication to perfection began the long and laborious process of building a lever machine completely from scratch. Today, after thousands of hours of development, testing, and refinement in which every last component and detail has been considered and reconsidered, designed and redesigned, made and re-made, the Lapera DS represents the outcome of a project of singular purpose: the elevation of simplicity to an art form.
Beating heart, tempered heat
The hand-crafted 5 liter TIG (tungsten inert gas) welded all-stainless boiler features a diagonal-injection heat-exchanger that provides a separate supply of fresh, precisely temperature-controlled water to feed the brew group. At brew time, fresh cold water is blended with the water in the high-volume heat exchanger before it moves into the brew group. The injection HX offers the dual benefits of perfectly tempered water and very fast inter-shot recovery times. Each time, every time.
Heroic temperature stability
Although the Lapera group is based on a celebrated spring lever design prized for its thermal stability, similarities to its heritage cousins ends with appearances. All the components have been re-engineered and improved upon wherever possible. Only the absolute highest quality materials available are employed to achieve three mutually reinforcing goals: heroic temperature stability, chronometer-like precision and generational reliability. With the exception of some industry-standard bearings, seals, and fasteners, every last part is custom made to our exacting standards.
Materials for the Lapera group are chosen with corrosion resistance and thermal stability upmost in mind. The piston is machined from AISI 316L stainless steel. The rest of the piston assembly, including the spring, itself designed to deliver an optimum pressure profile, is made from stainless steel alloys or aircraft-grade aluminum.
From the crucible to the cup
The chrome-plated group body is begins its life as more than 5Kg of 1000°C liquid bronze alloy. The gigantic thermal mass provided by the lead and arsenic-free casting is the foundation of the rock-solid temperature stability exhibited by the group during extraction.
Following CNC machining, the exterior of the massive group is hand-polished to a mirror luster and its cylinder wall diamond-honed to the optimal surface finish in a highly specialized shop that made aircraft engines in World War II.
Traditional craft meets contemporary technology
We do the old things the way they ought to be done: the best materials and traditional crafts coupled with cutting-edge fabrication techniques.
A weather eye for tomorrow
We also do the new. To build something timeless, you must integrate technologies, both old and new, that will withstand the test of time. We purposefully eschew today’s trends so that everything works tomorrow. We strive to achieving exactly the right balance of technological innovation, if we knew what the technology would look like several decades from now, we wouldn’t be building coffee machines. The Lepera DS, if well cared for, certainly could be.
Here endeth the smooth, here begineth the rough.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.Albert Einstein
spring, itself designed to deliver an optimum pressure profile
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Today, after thousands of hours of development, testing, and refinement in which every last component and detail has been considered, reconsidered, and crafted Lapera has achieved a singular purpose: the elevation of simplicity to an artform.
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With a deep passion for the heritage of classic espresso machines, the makers at Lapera have distilled elements from the disciplines of design, engineering and art into the ultimate expression of the lever machine. From its proportions to its whisper-quiet operation, every element reveals a profound commitment to quality.
With a deep passion for the heritage of classic espresso machines, the makers at Lapera have distilled the essential elements of the design and engineering into a pure expression of the lever machine. From its proportions to its whisper-quiet operation, every element reveals our profound commitment to quality.
Delving deeply into the heritage of classic espresso machines, the makers at Lapera have distilled elements of the design, engineering and aesthetics of the artform into a pure lever machine. From its proportions to its whisper-quiet operation, every detail reveals our deepest commitment to quality.
Qualities / attributes we wish to evince: Quality. Attention to detail. Craft. Authenticity. Simplicity. Robustness. Precision. Control. Bespoke artisanal manufacturing. “Technologically forward yet rooted in tradition”
Quality as an antithesis to disposable / consumable
The engineering and the design of the DS elevates simplicity to an artform. Near silent operation. unsurpassed levels