Awesome Stuff: Coffee, The Other Kickstarter

from the morning-routine dept

For this week's awesome stuff we start your Saturday out the right way: with some coffee. Or, more accurately, some new crowdfunded coffee makers, divided into three categories.

Keep It Simple!

My main objection to the pod-style coffee makers that have exploded in popularity, before the DRM or the price or anything like that, is the unnecessary complexity. It irks me to see the brewing of a simple cup of coffee require a barcode reader when there really are only two ingredients and one simple step to perform. That's why I'm glad to see the growing trend of simple "pour-over brewers" that are just a stand, a funnel, and a splash of good product design.

For the individual, there's the bamboo POUR brewer or the more portable Coffee Gourmet (with a built-in filter). If one cup at a time isn't enough, there's the double-sized Pour Lab, which lives up to its name with a cool chemistry-set look. For the commercial coffee brewer, there's the Poursteady station with five cups and some automated assistance.

Keep It Cold!

If you live where I do, this isn't the best time of year to be talking about iced coffee. But, if you're going to drink your coffee cold, you should brew it right, not just chill and dilute some near-sludge you cooked up earlier. The Fridge Barista seems like an excellent solution to the challenge of cold-brew coffee: it sits in your fridge where it brews, filters and stores the coffee all by itself, so all you need to do is open the tap. For those who want the best of both worlds, there's the Brewover — much like the pour-over brewers above, but with a glass funnel and a drip control valve to allow brewing at any temperature.

Make It Smart!

Yes, I started out praising simplicity in coffee makers — but I'm all for innovation when it actually brings improvements. Those who really want the automation, ease and technological precision of a push-button brewer can at least avoid locking themselves into the K-Cup regime with the Arist, a smartphone-controlled smart brewer that grinds, weighs and brews the coffee while giving you fine control over each setting at each step. There's another, similar offering — the BRUVELO — that's worth checking out too.

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    Gracey (profile), 15 Nov 2014 @ 11:19am

    The first one of these (unless you count pioneer coffee) was the original Melitta pot. A glass carafe with a cone shaped plastic funnel.

    How are these different, except perhaps cost?

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), 15 Nov 2014 @ 11:39am


    Well, one is a nice-looking eco-friendly bamboo version, one is an ultra-compact version with a built-in metal filter, one is a dual-brewer with adjustable-height funnels, and one is a commercial brewer with a mains hookup and a motorized pouring nozzle.

    If none of those things are worth the added price to you then I can totally see going with a cheaper generic solution. I'd probably do the same, ultimately. But I still think these ones are all cool and interesting.

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    Rekrul, 16 Nov 2014 @ 9:35am

    A smart coffee maker...

    "That's your third cup of coffee this morning, Dave. Don't you think you should cut back?"

    "No, I'm fine. Please make the coffee."

    "I really think you've had enough."

    "Just make the damn coffee!"

    "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."

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    Mark in CA, 16 Nov 2014 @ 10:29pm

    The world is already full of simple, easy ways to make coffee, the best example being the single-cup Melitta cone holder:

    But none of these brewing devices tells you the best way to ensure a good cup of coffee, which is to use only half the amount of water to make a full cup of coffee to pour over the grounds. This prevents over-extraction and bitterness. Then, simply fill the rest of the cup with hot water. What Europeans call a long coffee. Of course, it's also important to use enough coffee, typically 4 tablespoons (two coffee measures) of grounds per 6 ounces of water.

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Nov 2014 @ 7:13am


    This is interesting, Mark. Whenever I order pour-over coffee at a cafe, though, they don't do this. Any thoughts?

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    John Fenderson (profile), 17 Nov 2014 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re:

    I've seen some coffee houses do this. I think it depends on the place. I don't usually order the pour-overs, so I can't comment about which method is superior, but Mark's comments make sense to me.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Jan 2015 @ 5:38pm

    A latte machine would also make a nice gift

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