A group of engineers who previously worked at Apple and NASA created an $11,111 coffee maker that measures the liquid’s heat as it brews to maintain the “perfect” temperature.
Blossom Coffee company is the brainchild of coffee fan, Jeremy Kuempel, and two colleagues. Kuempel is an MIT engineering graduate who previously worked on Apple’s iPad and at electric-car maker Tesla.
The company debuted its first luxury product at Tech Crunch’s Disrupt Conference earlier this month and is taking pre-orders for about 10 of the Blossom One Limited, which are intended for commercial use and will be available in the spring, the company said.
The Blossom One Limited is about the size of a traditional desktop computer, measuring 7 inches wide. So far, restaurants, cafes and private individuals have inquired about owning one.
When asked if he’s a coffee drinker, Kuempel answered, “I’m obsessed with it.”
The company wanted to keep coffee as “front and center” as possible, so the machine’s design only allowed the coffee to touch glass and steel, which are inert materials that won’t react with it.
“We started with the coffee and designed around it,” Kuempel said.
It also has Wi-Fi capability and a camera for a QR scanner.
Kuempel said the company is working with high-end coffee bean providers to one day allow users to scan a QR code on the coffee bag. That way, the coffee maker will know exactly what type of coffee it is and how to brew it.