Folgers commercials used to depict coffee-lovers being lured out of bed by the smell of freshly brewed coffee, no alarm clock needed. I don’t know about you, but that coffee would have to be very close to my bed for the smell alone to get me up in the morning. I have considered putting a coffee maker of some kind in my bedroom before, and the Barisieur might just be the solution to my problems. This nifty gadget, designed by British designer Josh Renouf, is an alarm clock that starts to brew you a perfect cup of coffee as soon as it goes off. It has a vintage look that conceals some very slick technology.
A beaker of water sits on top of an induction burner that turns on when the alarm goes off. The burner heats up stainless steel balls inside of the beaker, which will cause the water to boil and will also make a subtle noise that will rouse you from your sleep gently. The steam will travel up a tube and condense to pour out over fresh grounds, and you’ll have a perfect pour-over at just about the moment you are ready to get out of bed. I can’t wait to get one myself, but unfortunately they’re not on sale yet. The projected price is £150-£250, which is a bit steep but could very well be worth it for giving you the perfect way to wake up in the morning.
Coffee made with the pour-over technique consistently produces brighter, more flavorful coffee than you can get from a regular drip coffee machine. The technique isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, however, and you need to be patient while preparing a cup and you can only brew one cup at a time. It’s great when you have a few minutes to spare, but there are times when you just need to be a little bit more efficient – like those times when you are trying to prepare coffee or two or three guests at once.
Bodum b.Over Coffee Brewer is a stylish new coffee maker from Bodum that is designed to deliver high quality, pour-over coffee in quantities up to 40-oz. The coffee maker automates the pour-over process using a unique shower-head design that evenly distributes hot water over the grounds in the filter portion of the machine. The coffee brews and drips down into a vacuum-sealed, vacuum-sealed, double-walled carafe that will keep your flavorful coffee hot and aromatic for hours without requiring any reheating. For me, being able to brew great coffee in larger quantities is a huge time saver for days when I’m rushing around from project to project.
The Impress Coffee Brewer is a new product that french press fans will immediately be attracted to. It’s a single serve coffee brewer that also doubles as an insulated cup, so you can brew your coffee and take it with you without compromising on time or the quality of your coffee. Gamila, the maker of the Impress, recently sent me an Impress to try out at home and I couldn’t wait to test it out. I had a bad experience with another product that promised to do something similar, so I kept my fingers crossed that the Impress would live up to my expectations.
The brewer works like a french press. You place your grounds in the cup, fill it with hot water and allow it to brew for a few minutes. Then, you press down a filter canister into the cup, trapping the grounds, and you’re ready to enjoy your freshly brewed coffee. The primary difference between this and a traditional french press is the size of that filter. The holes on it are tiny – so tiny that not only will coffee grounds will not be able to get through it into your cup, but they will force so much water out of the grounds that brewing will cease completely. This means that, unlike a french press, you can really take your time drinking the coffee without worrying about it over-brewing. The Impress is also heavily insulated, so it will keep your coffee piping hot while you slowly savor it.
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As a blogger, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer and a cup of coffee is always helpful to get me going in the morning. I typically have to head to the kitchen to pour myself a cup, since I don’t have a coffee machine set up on my desk. One creative computer-lover decided that there was a better way to get coffee while at work without having to get up and leave the room. He designed the Caffeine Machine, a hybrid of a computer (yes, a fully functioning computer) and a 4-cup coffee maker to do two jobs in one. The hack was achieved through careful selection of a roomy computer tower and a compact coffee maker, and a little bit of tweaking. The creator is already thinking ahead to version 2.0, which might include an espresso machine instead of just drip coffee.
I’m not sure that I would be brave enough to attempt this kind of mod myself, but I’m pretty sure there is a market for such a thing if he ever decides to build on a bigger scale!
via Oh Gizmo