Seattle Espresso Pathfinder Synesso Acquired by Middleby Corporation

Elgin, Illinois-based foodservice equipment company Middleby Corporation has announced its acquisition of the pioneering espresso machine manufacturer Synesso.

The companies have not announced the financial terms of the acquisition, although Middleby noted in a press release that Synesso has “quickly grown to $10 million in revenues.”

In suburban Chicago with manufacturing and distribution properties all over the world, Middleby boasts a wide range of commercial foodservice equipment products, home kitchen products, refrigeration products and industrial processing products through more than 75 brands.

In the commercial beverage realm, the company has already acquired brewing systems maker Ss Brewtech, nitro cold brew dispenser brand JoeTap, and fully automatic hot beverage dispenser brand Concordia.

“Synesso is a highly innovative brand and further expands our coffee and beverage platform. Middleby is well-positioned within the beverage category offering some of the most advanced equipment in today’s fast-growing coffee market,” said Tim FitzGerald, CEO of Middleby. “Our Seattle-based coffee companies are able to provide operators with a variety of sought-after options including automated bean to cup, cold brew, nitro brew, traditional carafe and now semi-automatic espresso.”

Over the past 15 years, Synesso has proven to be an influential player in the latter category. Founded by former La Marzocco engineer Mark Barnett in Seattle in 2004, Synesso is one of a small handful of espresso equipment manufacturers born in the United States — along with fellow notable peers La Marzocco USA and Slayer Espresso, which both also happen to be based in Seattle.


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