July 30 is opening day for Vovito Caffè and Gelato, a 2,444 square-foot, Italian-style espresso shop in Bellevue’s Bravern shopping center.
A press release announcing its arrival says Vovito will have "two of the region’s three Slayer espresso machines." But that’s not quite right—Zoka in Kirkland has a Slayer, and tiny Equal Exchange in the Ballard Market has one too. Still, two Slayers! That’s one Slayer for every 1,222 square feet!
Slayer is a Georgetown-based maker of some of the world’s very best espresso machines. The base price for one of these bad boys is 14 grand and there are only about 20 coffeshops on the planet that use them. Their principal virtue is that they allow the baristas to maintain all kids of control. They can tweak the pressure throughout the brewing process and experiment with how that alters flavor and mouthfeel.
Vovito will offer 24 flavors of gelato made on site, plus panini and the like. It will be open at 6:30am on weekdays so that Bravern employees can get perked first thing. They will no doubt welcome Vovito’s arrival.