I took a trip to Seattle a little while ago. Actually a long while ago. And I shot a bunch of video of cool stuff. Then it got lost, because I am a terrible person. But I found them, so here they are.
If you walk into a good coffee shop that serves espresso, you will likely see a machine from one of these companies sitting on the bar: La Marzocco, Synesso or just maybe, Slayer. And they basically all come from one place: Seattle.
La Marzocco has been making espresso machines for 85 years, and it's the 485-pound gorilla of commercial espresso machines. While you might see any of the above three in your local excellent coffee shop, there's like a one billion percent chance it's going to be a La Marzocco. La Marzocco builds all of its machines in Italy, but before they're distributed in the US, they run through its factory in Seattle, where they're inspected and cleaned. (Or busted ones are repaired.) Maybe more to the point, the company's latest dream machine—the pressure-profiling Strada—was basically designed in the US, down to the laser-etched portafilter baskets.