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Modbar, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

When you look at The New Black barista workbench, the first thing you see is what you can’t see: the big espresso machine that’s normally between you and your barista.

Corey Waldron, who started in coffee as a barista and then a roaster in Fort Wayne, was frustrated when he first introduced his customers to specialty, or ‘third wave’, coffees. They enjoyed the taste, but he felt there was a physical barrier separating him from his customers.

Corey teamed up with Aric Forbing, a long-time friend and former bandmate, to work on prototypes that eventually became the Modbar. It’s a revolutionary and stunningly beautiful design that hides all the bulky coffee-making gear in a cabinet below, displaying only the beautifully sculpted taps for espresso, steam and pour-over coffee.

It’s also an astonishingly sophisticated machine that enables skilled baristas to deliver every one of their recipes with prefect precision, in every cup.

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Corey Waldron, Founder
Aric Forbing, Design Engineer
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