On a scale of interest I probably fall within the category of a "coffee geek", trying just about every assortment of coffee preparation implementations I can get my hands onto, whether it be an automated $1,400 espresso machine or the simple Aeropress. But I've yet to try a coffee maker with 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi connectivity, its own front facing camera, and its own analytics system... Yes, you read that right...a front facing 1.3MP digital camera installed onto the Blossom One, a coffee maker designed with precise control via online recipes and QR code scanning:
QR makes it easy for anyone to brew perfect coffee. Coffee roasters can craft custom recipes on the Blossom One to achieve their ideal taste. They can then easily store those recipes in the cloud using the Blossom app, and print corresponding QR codes on their bags of coffee. They can update that recipe at any time, modify it as the beans age, and get analytics on when and how people drink their coffee. The end customer will need only to scan that code to brew the perfect cup and enjoy it exactly as the roaster intended.
The Blossom One is being scheduled for a Spring 2013 delivery in Mahogany, Walnut, Sapele, Teak, and Zebrawood finishes, with primary customers probably coffee houses and well-heeled coffee geeks (no price yet, but the machine comes with support service like a computer, and free maintenance for 1 year).
I personally love the idea of having a coffee machine allow download and execution of specific grind and brewing recipes directly from roasters. I would have also preferred if the machine integrated with smartphones and tablets via an app for greater features flexibility and improved visual interface/UX, but this machine hints where kitchen appliances are heading: less machine, more computer.
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