Is it worth it?
All hype aside, the coffee was good. The barista walked me through each step of the brewing process, carefully grinding a test tube of the famous Ninety Plus Gesha Estates Panamanian beans, before lowering the grinds into the body of a Steampunk, and plugging the weight and origin of the blend into one of the iPads. Within the glass crucible of the machine, steam-heated water slowly infused into the fresh grinds, and after several seconds, jets of the water shot directly into the coffee -- a process the lab calls "full immersion."
Having spent a significant amount of time working as a barista, this was unlike anything I had previously witnessed. Even in the era of cold brew and pour overs, it was by far the most complex filter coffee-brewing system I had ever seen. The bar offers no espresso, no ice, no milk steamers -- just coffee, in its purest form.