A note from the founder.
Ratio is the result of pondering coffee makers for several years. After listening to many customers complain about flimsy plastic parts, complicated programming steps, and overall inelegance, I decided to draw together a team of talented designers, engineers, and creatives to build a new company that is devoted entirely to coffee machines of unmatched beauty and quality.
How’d I get started? I guess you could say it runs in the family. My grandfather on my mom’s side was a student of architecture and collector of iconic furniture.
He gave me his collection of drafting tools, 35mm cameras, and a few pieces of his art, one of which hangs in the Ratio office.
From him I learned to appreciate good design and beautiful tools.
My paternal grandfather was a German entrepreneur in the performance auto parts business. He loved quality & good engineering, passing on to my dad and then me the "curse of always insisting on the best." They both said that it's better to pay more for quality up front than to be constantly replacing inferior goods.
I took their advice to heart when I started selling coffee & espresso equipment in 2008 with Clive Coffee, offering only brands that reflected good design and quality that lasts.
Drop me a note – I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Mark Hellweg, Ratio Founder.