So with the power of the HB network, we began discussions with 1st-Line, Olympia Express' distributor in the US and Jim was gracious enough to drop ship us a brand new machine last week, to bring this project to life. So after swinging by Dan's house on Sunday, I can proudly say that I am probably the only lever-addict in the US with this in their kitchen:
These machines have a great following on HB and I am truly excited about having it as our first lever machine to do a bench review. As we saw with Danno's recent post on the Olympia factory, there is a philosophy and passion that goes into these machines as well as the manufacturing objectives of the company...as they state on their website:
Faddish gimmicks never stood a chance at Olympia Express. The design has certainly changed over the decades, but only as necessary to accommodate the desires of its customers and always adhering to the classic design principle: form follows function.
That is why Olympia Express machines are never loaded down with exotic features, but retain a simple, timeless beauty.
Olympia Express has neither the ability nor the desire to compete with lesser quality mass-production; or with overly-sophisticated, failure-prone, automatic mechanisms and electronics.
Instead, we attach a great deal of importance to the use of high-quality materials, dependable craftsmanship, and tried and tested, easily repairable technology. Thus, the current attention paid to "lasting technology," has been faithfully followed for decades by Olympia Express.
So with this as a backdrop, I will take the next couple of weeks to show how the Olympia Cremina compares to other levers, how it has evolved over the past couple decades and whether it warrants its lofty price....and give you a good look at a machine in this day and age, where the employee who built it still signs their name to their handiwork.