Here's The Tiny Swiss Company Behind Starbucks' Espresso Machines

Hayley Peterson

A tiny Swiss company of 230 employees is responsible for making the espresso machines in Starbucks' 21,000 cafes around the world.

Thermoplan AG is nestled on the shore of Lake Lucerne in the small village of Weggis, which is home to just 4,400 people, Bloomberg reports.

The company, which sells espresso makers for as much as $17,625, developed a machine exclusively for Starbucks called the Mastrena that debuted in stores in 2008.

It's designed to be shorter than most commercial espresso machines, making it easier for Starbucks baristas to make eye contact with customers.

Thermoplan generated $130 million in revenue last year, according to Bloomberg.

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