Starbucks is aiming to allow coffee drinkers to order ahead of time, with the cafe chain planning to kick off a pilot scheme later in the year. The trial was announced by Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at Starbucks, today, and would presumably build upon the company's existing mobile apps.
Coffee and crowdfunding aren't new bedfellows, but an Italian project to rethink the espresso machine, La Fenice, may be the most ambitious we've seen so far. The chrome and wood brewer may look retro at first glance, but it claims to house some seriously new tech - in coffee making terms, anyway - relying on electromagnetic induction to heat water almost instantaneously, give incredible control over its temperature, and even save electricity by avoiding keeping a boiler up to temperature all the time, along with some other sprinklings of geek-appeal.
Caffeine may be the fuel many of us rely on to get us motivated in the morning, but coffee as a social lubricant - thanks to a machine that refuses to brew unless you make a new friend - could force the shy out of their shells if they feeling thirsty. The Coffee Connector, handiwork of EDB Singapore, not only makes brewing a couple of cups into the spectacle it deserves to be, but will only do so if two people get together at the touchscreen and share some personal information first.
For some its an addiction; for others it's a treat; and for the unlucky it's a shortcut to insomnia. Caffeine fuels many of us, and it's the subject of Jawbone's latest health tracking app, UP Coffee, the first fruits of the new Jawbone Apps Lab. The free app - which is available to iOS users, and doesn't require an UP or UP24 band to use - logs your daily intake of coffee, tea, Coke, and other beverages, and gives you health insights ranging from an at-a-glance gage as to whether you're wired or ready for bed.
Pod coffee maker Keurig is clamping down on unofficial suppliers for its single-serve machines, confirming that it will be using DRM in its new range - dubbed "Keurig 2.0" - to prevent brewers from working with unlicensed pods. The move is reminiscent of printer ink, many of the cartridges for which have long included a chip that prevents unofficial refills from being installed. In fact, the argument Keurig gives is much the same as that of Epson, HP, and others.
Coffee can be super-geeky when you want it to be. Not everyone is content with Nespresso or Keurig, but while drip methods can be simple and still deliver far greater results, winning awards for your brewing takes a little extra work. 2014 North East Brewers Cup champion Todd Carmichael has one such method, snatching first prize with a convoluted but fun double-filtering system that's likely to prove divisive for coffee enthusiasts. Check out the video after the cut.
Coffee. Delicious, wonderful coffee. Some of us are fueled by it throughout the day; to others it's an occasional treat first thing in the morning or straight after dinner. There's no one "right" way to brew it, and traditional methods like espresso, drip, and French press sit alongside newer upstarts like Clover. Wading into the home market is Bunn's Trifecta MB, the domestic version of its $5k Trifecta for cafes. Designed for a kitchen counter, the Trifecta MB combines elements of drip, Clover, French press, and other approaches, with convenience nearing that of a single-cup pod brewer but the flexibility to bring the very best out of your beans. Still, can it be worth all of $549? Read on for the full SlashGear review.
Try taking a coffee snob into Starbucks and you might have trouble; that is, unless you're lucky enough to come across a branch with a Clover machine. The one-cup brewer - borrowing principles from a French Press and a vacuum pot, among other preparation methods, and which allows for far greater experimentation with beans, roasts, and strengths - has slowly found its way into a small number of Starbucks locations, a welcome distraction from big pots of Pike Roast and milk-heavy cappuccino. Even with Starbucks' might behind it, though, the Clover has been a relative secret among the coffee cognoscenti, but all that could change in short order with signs of a new, super-auto Clover in development.
If you’re thirsty, you can grab a cup of Joe with Apple CEO Tim Cook and talk to him about, well, just about anything.
Right now, Cook is auctioning off the amount of time it takes to sip a cup of coffee to one lucky (and rich) fan. As of this writing, the bid stands at $190,000, even though its estimated value is $50,000. And since there are nearly three weeks left to bid, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if that figure runs much, much higher.
The days of mysterious espresso brewing behind hulking machines may be over, if one coffee startup, Modbar, has its way, burying all but the glamorous end of the process under the counter. Revealed today at the opening of the SCAA's (Speciality Coffee Association of America) annual expo, Modbar is a striking, modular series of espresso groups, pour-over taps, and steam arms which can be hooked up in multiple numbers and configurations, with the promise of greater temperature control, a cut in prep time, and even geek-friendly features like touchscreen operation and support for temperature monitoring in Kelvin.