Did you know that the average American drinks 10 gallons of coffee a week? Actually, we just made that up (it’s really closer to one gallon), but if your first thought was, “Yup, sounds about right,” this article is for you. Now that civilians can go to space, we should all be able to up our coffee game, and these coffee innovations can help us do it:
Never burn yourself again with the mug
When you’re eager to get that brown goodness into your mouth, it can be easy to forget that it’s pretty freakin’ hot. A new innovation from Ember allows you to control the temperature of your coffee, so you will always be sipping your coffee just how you like it, without burning your lips, or letting the coffee get too cold. Plus, the mug can be controlled from an app and charged on the included coaster.
Computer? tablet? Who needs them?
Now you don’t have to go through all the trouble of dealing with a device and a cup of coffee. That’s because the Yuno PC mug is your device. Yup, it’s an actual computer you can pour hot liquids into. It will let you check the news, weather, traffic, and more while you sip.
Make espresso anywhere you go
Tired of not being able to find a truly great espresso outside of your own kitchen? You’re not alone, my friend. Thanks to the Wacaco Minipresso you can brew one up just to your liking no matter where you are. And, you don’t need to worry about electricity; it just requires hot water and one of their pods.
Drive around a coffee cart
Speaking of being able to get great espresso no matter where you go, WMF has created an espresso machine for your car. Now you’ll never have to worry about being late for work as you wait for your coffee to be ready; just hop in your car and brew while you drive.
Coffee in a tube
Let’s face it: Making coffee can be a real chore. First, you have to brew it, then you have to pour in the cream and sugar, then you have to find a spoon to stir it all together.
Thanks to Yanko Design, however, all that work is streamlined. Their tubes contain instant coffee, cream, and sugar that just need to be poured into hot water. And, the tube can be used as the spoon. Genius!
Finally, a coffee-making robot
If coffee in a tube even seems like too much work, why not have a robot make it for you? A barista robot named Justin was created by the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, which is part of the German Aerospace Center. And, while it’s not really designed for home use (and even if it was, the price would be quite high), we can dream, can’t we?
Okay, so most of us will never make it into space. So what?
The innovations above prove that even something as mundane as your daily cup of Joe can be made more high-tech. And besides, you wouldn’t be able to drink Java in space anyway, what with the zero-gravity and everything.