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Black (coffee) Friday

I’m a touch embarrased to add to the hype of the coming shopping insanity, but if I could convince you to drop a couple grand on one extravagant item this year (that isn’t a bike), this would be it. Those incredibly stylish individuals over at Rapha offer this exceptionally beautiful espresso machine by Giotto. They would probably do well to convince you that espresso pulled from this beaut will up your wattage exponentially and guarantee you a podium finish, but truth in advertising restricts them to only list the machine specifications. Sorry.

The Rocket may not be “just released”, but with a limited edition run of 200 (stamped to the boilerplate) it’s certainly a rare gift that will leave the recipient’s jaw hanging to the floor in awe of it’s beauty and anticipation of the crema topped caffiene that comes drizzling out. I can’t imagine a better way to begin a cold morning bike commute through the city center than a hot dose of liquid nap coming from this sexy thing. The post ride celebration would be equally as sweet.

P.S. If you were thinking of surprising the Urban Velo staff with a gift this year… well… I’ve got an idea for you.

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. sarahelizabethNovember 24, 2011 at 11:38 am

    i agree! 100%

  2. TerryNovember 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Hey, you guys are too new to get anything!

  3. JoyceNovember 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

    It certainly looks a sophisticated machine, and I’m sure it pour out a top quality cup of coffee.

  4. scottNovember 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

    “Newness” is secondary to “awesomeness”. ;)

  5. TerryNovember 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Okay, Scott, that was funny, but you’re still getting nothing! Awesomeness is it own reward…or something like that.

    Better hit up Santa Claus.

  6. bradNovember 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    This would be quite the upgrade from the $3 coffee maker that powers this editor day in and day out.


  7. CyclelogicalNovember 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

    This machine would look good in our office too…haha. The french press will have to make do for now.

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