We can’t help but bend down and look up at the perforations of the portafilter for those moments when the first drops start to converge and drip into the cup. It’s how we gauge if the extraction is even. It’s how we determine if we’re tamping a bit too hard to the left. It’s the moment of truth that tells us if this $20/lb geisha is going to channel or not.
We think that moment should be captured at ease and in direct view at all times. The Looking Glass gives us that. Fully adjustable and removable mirror. A vacuum-chamber coated oleophobic coating makes the surface super easy to clean.
The base and mirror gimbal is a solid chunk of machined 6061 aluminum with a hard black anodized coating. A stainless bolt holds the magnetic stainless ball to the base and is covered with an elastomer foot to keep the mirror where you place it without scratching your drip tray. The mirror is a circular piece of chemically strengthened glass with a PVDed metallic back (mirror) and a vacuum-chamber coated oleophobic coating as is used on high-end smartphones. Simple construction with luxurious materials just make it fun and handy to have on the workbench.