Astoria is launching its newest espresso machine, the Storm, at Host Milano, which is held from 20 to 24 October. The machine concept was developed in collaboration between technicians, designers, and the experience and expertise of internationally-renowned baristas like Caleb Cha (2015 World Latte Art Champion), Michalis Dimitrakopoulos (2016 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion) and Arnon Thitiprasert (2017 World Latte Art Champion Champion). The result is Storm, a machine in which every detail is the result of research and passion, which projects Astoria into a “Barista Attitude”, a posture that best summarises the philosophy of this model with strong personality, designed to enhance and facilitate the ritual of coffee making. Among the main technical innovations are the customisation of brewing by storing brewing curves, pre-infusion control, extraction speed and temperature control. And then there is the innovative “cool touch” Barista Attitude steam wand that affords baristas remarkably fluid movement ranges, and the dry steam, which makes milk foaming easier by minimising initial condensation and relying on the absence of micro particles of water during steam release. Storm is made from materials such as wood, used for knobs and stand, and stainless steel and aluminium, which make it an indestructible ally. Storm also means ergonomics for baristas. Indeed, Storm's design is intended to be functional: its height allows constant visual contact with customers in order to foster interaction, and its feet can be adjusted for maximum stability. In addition, thanks to the functional suspended basin, the cup is fully visible during coffee making, involving coffee drinkers in the tasting ritual, surrounded by aromas, sounds, sights and taste. The Storm shall be on display at the Astoria stand at Host Milano, Pavilion 24, G51-G61.