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Former Apple and NASA engineers create $11,000 coffee maker

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Detailed on ABC News recently, a company called Blossom Coffee has designed an extremely expensive coffee maker that delivers a cup of coffee that’s been brewed at the perfect temperature. Called the Blossom One Limited, the production model was developed by MIT graduate Jeremy Kempel as well as  Matt Walliser and Joey Roth. Prior to creating the Blossom One Limited, Kempel worked for Apple developing the iPad, as well as Tesla Motors and BMW while Walliser previously worked for NASA and Formula Hybrid. When asked about the reasons behind the development of the Blossom One Limited, Kempel stated “We started with the coffee and designed around it.”

blossom one operationInterestingly, the Blossom One Limited comes with a variety of high-tech features. For instance, Kempel added a 1.3MP digital camera to the Blossom One Limited in order to scan Quick Response (QR) codes. Coffee roasters can add a QR code onto packaging in order to offer a helpful recipe for a specific type of bean.

In addition, information such as timing and volume can be fed back to the roaster each time a QR code is scanned. All of this data is fed into a custom Blossom application as well. Providing wireless communication, Blossom Coffee has included 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity which allows users to download new recipes. It also allows Blossom Coffee to monitor the machine’s performance remotely and prepare for service calls.

Describing the brewing process on the Blossom Coffee blog, the team writes “When a cup of coffee is to be brewed, gravity carries the specified volume of water from the reservoir to the boiler where it is heated to temperature on demand. When the water achieves the proper temperature, a whisper quiet air pump pushes it from the boiler into the brew chamber unit. Finally, heating elements in the brew chamber unit maintain the brew temperature precisely as specified by the user.”

blossom one insidesThe Blossom One Limited is definitely larger than a traditional coffee maker. While it could fit in a large kitchen provided there’s enough counter space, the height of the machine may preclude placement underneath a cabinet. The brew chamber is constructed out of glass and stainless steel to allow for higher precision.

The water reservoir automatically fills itself silently when tied into the plumbing of a home or business. The Blossom One Limited also includes a manual plunger if the user if particularly picky about their coffee. All pieces of the machine are designed to be modular in for quick cleaning. 

While Blossom Coffee is targeting restaurants and small cafes for commercial use, this hasn’t stopped private individuals from inquiring about a model. The Blossom One Limited will sell for $11,111 and the wood finish can be customized to match kitchen or coffee shop cabinetry. Each unit will be hand-delivered, likely by a representative of Blossom Coffee, and the customer will receive a personalized set of instructions to learn about the technological features and general operation. Beyond the lifetime defect-free guarantee, Blossom Coffee also offers a one-year parts and labor warranty.