The folks of Scanomat have come up with a brilliant coffee idea: a fully automatic coffee maker powered by an iPhone. Once an idea popped into the head of designer Kim Vibe-Petersen, it took just about two days time the prototype was created and already going through test runs. The production ran for about two years, which much detail being spent on the milk foamer.
Named, the TopBrewer, the device consists over 75% recycled stainless steel, it is capable of being used in (yes, in) any tabletop. The set up is easy, just needing a flat tabletop, two small holes (for the swan neck faucets), and some type of drain; and viola, there is the start of a new coffee brewer.
As mentioned earlier in the article, the TopBrewer will be compatible with any iPhone or iPad. The iOS app that will run with the iDevice helps keep counter tops free of unwanted debris and leaves extra room for the cream and sugar. There is also the function of allowing the iPhone/iPad to keep track of how many drinks have been made and to help with inventory by allowing the operator to order beans.
The application is not yet ready for retail sale, but from the screen shots, it will be one of the best applications made for Apple users. Everything needed to run the TopBrewer will be displayed on the screen, giving accurate temperatures and any issues the machine might have.
The TopBrewer is being processed solely for businesses, allowing the owners to have a special save file for regular customers (which will help with keeping lines down and customer satisfaction up), and keeping a detailed report on what is used for future ordering purposes.
But wait, there’s more! The TopBrewer is designed to brew more than just coffee. With the ability to hold up to a liter of hot water every minute, the TopBrewer can whip up macchiatos, latte’s, and cappuccinos within the blink of an eye. The cleanup is super easy as well, there is a built in cleaner that sprays hot water throughout the faucet after each drink. All of this happens within a matter of minutes, which is great for any coffee rush hour.
Though it isn’t scheduled to make its debut until late January or so, the TopBrewer will be an answer to many a coffee shops prayers. Less table space, self-cleaning functions, and the ability to run more than one brewer per iDevice will keep every coffee shop on its toes. Scanomat is truly changing the face of the coffee brewing industry with the TopBrewer. Once this hits stores, guarantee a change in all coffee shops, from the design, to the employees attitudes. Home-brewers don’t fret though; the TopBrewer will be available for household use once all is up and running smoothly.
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