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Hum    6,929

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.

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?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.

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Nomad_    87

With all the problems we have in this world, this is what they waste time on.

:/

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Charisma    2,388

With all the problems we have in this world, this is what they waste time on.

:/

That was my first thought, too.

However, my second thought was, "I WANT ONE." :laugh:

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Hum    6,929

But will it brew coffee on the Moon .... :alien:

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javagreen    155

Oh look, Apple pricing on a coffee maker!

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djdanster    594

Wow, I don't even drink coffee and I want one :p

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Coolicer    20

With all the problems we have in this world, this is what they waste time on.

:/

I'd like to point out that this is the same kind of a logical fallacy that I often see in the F(L)OSS community.

"Why did he/she/they spend that much time on this <obscure hardware/software project> while they could have been fixing <popular hardware/software>"

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Luis Mazza    172

This is horrible. It looks like an operating table from 1960.

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+exotoxic    426

You pay all that money and have to leave it hidden under a paper bag :s

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DrOmango    3

That is some damn good coffee! What is the secret?

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remixedcat    2,765

That was my first thought, too.

However, my second thought was, "I WANT ONE." :laugh:

me too I drink 5 pots of coffee a day.

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Ambroos    803

me too I drink 5 pots of coffee a day.

5 pots? Geez :p I don't even come close to a whole cup in the last 20 years (aka: all) of my life so far!

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remixedcat    2,765

5 pots? Geez :p I don't even come close to a whole cup in the last 20 years (aka: all) of my life so far!

I NEEEED MY COFFEE..... IF ANYONE TAKES MY COFFEE AWAY THEY FACE MY WRATH!!!

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*RedBull*    608

Hope you drink lots of water there Cat. :s

I love by coffee to but 5 pots? YOu need quality coffee.

That was my first thought, too.

However, my second thought was, "I WANT ONE." :laugh:

I swear you will make the best coffee ever when you have quality coffee and filtered or mountain fresh water.

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SpeedyTheSnail    853

I wonder if he uses the coffee bean that that animal in South America poops out?

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Growled    3,880

I think I'll stick with my Mr. Coffee. It does everything I need.

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*RedBull*    608

That's cool too. But I learned from a girlfriend, it's not quantity in life but quality that matters.

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Growled    3,880

^ You think coffee is going to taste any better brewed in that? :D

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Hum    6,929

That's cool too. But I learned from a girlfriend, it's not quantity in life but quality that matters.

Like Hum's posts. :shifty:

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*RedBull*    608

Posted Today, 18:18

^ You think coffee is going to taste any better brewed in that? :D

In the syphon coffee maker I posted? Yes. Especially with quality coffee, more of your gourmet coffee where it's 100% without any flavoring. Namely I drink Kona coffee. Then water is important. Regular tap can be ok, depends on where you live. But garranteed that filtered or mountain fresh water is the best for making coffee. The combination of them makes it best.

Seriously you need to try it. Regular drip is fine for everyday though. I do that. Just never foldgers, maxell house, etc..

LOL @ HUM

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SojIrOu    4

Reading up a little on it, it looks like it was designed by people who don't know a single thing about making a good espresso machine. I'm certainly no professional myself but I do have a good espresso machine (Rocket Giotto) and I do know a few people in the industry locally.

They seem to make it sound very purpose built but I assure you this is hopelessly overpriced for what it is. Essentially it's a manual lever machine with Wi-Fi and a QR scanner built in. I certainly hope all their customers like drinking ONLY espressos or perhaps Americanos/Long Blacks because there's no milk steaming function on it either.

Also, I seriously doubt a manual machine with 1 group head has any place in a commercial setting (which is their target group?). Perhaps if you're a really small business that serves 1 person every 10-15 minutes or so. As for consistency? I hope the barista operating it has robotic arms to press out the coffee at the right pressure and speed each and every time. Not to mention, it looks butt ugly as well.

Off topic though, it's good to know more coffee addicts here on Neowin.

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vincent    153

Oh look, Apple pricing on a coffee maker!

The iJava

:ninja:

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Rudie32    15
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. ht_blossom_coffee_maker_w_jp_120928_main.jpg ?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. more
Coming soon to starbucks across the nation in how long?

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remixedcat    2,765

I think I'll stick with my Mr. Coffee. It does everything I need.

I got one too.... 12 cup with programmable thingy.

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The_Observer    293

about time coffee machines came with "a camera for a QR scanner."

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