A fresh cup of coffee is serious business for a true caffeine enthusiast. The process of roasting hot off the press coffee beans, grinding them, and then finally brewing them had not been readily available for at-home coffee makers until the Bonaverde Berlin Coffee Maker. It’s the first automated roast-grind-brew machine to be launched on the market. However, this machine comes at a rather high sticker price. Is brewing the best cup of jo possible worth the $800 price tag?
For an all-in-one coffee maker, the design is minimalist and sleek.
Designed by German-based company Bonaverde, the Berlin is compact enough to place in your kitchen. It can sit on your countertop, ready to start brewing at any time of the day. It’s a three tiered machine and can automate a cup of coffee straight from a pack of raw green coffee beans. The machine roasts the beans at the top, and then grinds it from the middle, and finally brews it at the bottom. It takes about 8 minutes to roast, and then brewing the ground coffee will take about 15 to 20 minutes. The machine connects to Wifi and connects to your smartphone for preference settings via app. You’ll also be able to schedule your pot to be ready when you want to be. Their packaging line, which is set to be produced in Nicaragua later in the year, will be run on solar power.
Acquiring the coffee beans needed for the Berlin is pretty inconvenient.
For a machine that’s priced at $800, it’s a bit difficult to seek the coffee beans you need. They do require you to buy coffee beans with an RFID tag so that it can scan instructions on how to roast the beans properly. According to a Bonaverde representative, the individual coffee bean packs will run about $2 to $5 a pack, which is pretty average in comparison to most coffee bean packs. The machine will read the RFID tag and then process how to roast the beans correctly. I’m still unsure as to how to purchase the individual packs though, as it has yet to be released on their site.
It may be the freshest cup of coffee you’ll get to make at home, but the cost is way too high.
I just don’t think the end result of what the machine can do is worth the trouble it takes. I’ve been trying to Google where to purchase green, unroasted coffee beans and it’s not exactly the easiest purchase. Most retailers won’t package raw beans for the average consumer. This means that Bonaverde is spearheading the demand by being one of the few providing the supply for its consumers. I’m not even sure if the elitist of all coffee elitists will buy into this system, regardless of the quality.
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