Coffee-brewing alarm clock starts your day with a fresh mug


August 3, 2014

The Barisieur has a fresh cup of coffee ready and waiting for when you wake up

The Barisieur has a fresh cup of coffee ready and waiting for when you wake up

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If not ourselves, we all know someone that claims to be useless until they've had that first mouthful of coffee in the morning. The Barisiuer is an elegantly designed alarm clock that starts your day with a freshly-brewed cup of joe before you even get out of bed.

The bedside brewer is the work of UK-based industrial designer Josh Renouf, who was seeking a slightly gentler way of starting the day than the jolt of a buzzing alarm clock.

"It eases the user into the day with the subtle movement of stainless steel ball bearings that boil the water through induction heating, accompanied by the smell of freshly brewed coffee," he writes on his website.

The Barisiuer features a drawer compartment to store ground coffee beans and sugar and a tube for a shot or two of milk. This can be prepared the night before, a ritual that Renouf claims to send signals to the "body and mind that it is time to unwind and relax". If nothing else, the knowledge that there will be a fresh mug waiting when you wake up might just make you sleep that little bit easier.

Renouf is still in the development phase for his coffee-making alarm clock fusion, but estimates that it will be priced between £150 and £250 (US$250 and $420). You can sign up for updates via his website below.

Source: Josh Renouf Design

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I agree with Micheal Allan. And btw JPAR - if you had to make the effort to press the 'go button' to fill up your mug in the morning theres three incidents that could occur : You may be very tired and if you hit it too hard accidentally - you could be looking at an accident. : You may be too tired and think 'well, it only makes coffee once i press go anyway - i may as well have another five mins' sleeps one extra hour - whereas if it makes it whilst the alarm goes off - it gives you the motivation to get up and instantly sip some nice brewed coffee.

There are two faults I would look at though. One - that handle is too flimsy - it should be attached on both ends so that someones small fingers don't tiredly slip through the top and spill the coffee.

Two - if theres any wires or anything attached - make sure they're water proof etc.


I take it you are too young to remember the 'Teasmade', an alarm clock and kettle automation that was the staple of every wedding present list in the 1950s.

dreDful device that woke you too early, gurgling and spashing, and which then required cleaning in the one room of the house least suitable for such an operation.

Robert Harvey

See the beast that nearly killed me.

Josh, you have a design fault. Do not put water above power electrics. One day gravity will ensure they meet and give someone the wake up call from hell. 240 volts here in the UK. ...yowch!!

I survived, but the Teasmade had to go.

Dirk Scott

erm, perhaps it's easier just to have a coffee pod machine next to the bed and press 'go' when you wake up. It'd be just as quick and avoids any preparation or clearing up. So you're about 50 years too late with this invention....


If you are so needy to get your fix, then have it dispensed via timed iv drip. That way you won't knock ever thing off the night table, wait there is nothing else on the night table but this science lab experiment.

But there might be room for a mini fridge & and cream dispenser, not to forget the microwave below it.

Ah just sleep in the kitchen....

Bob Flint

This looks cool but the idea was first tried out by GE in the late 70's. Because of cheap design GE's auto coffee maker killed a bunch of people and burned houses over about 18 years before public outrage caught up. And, yes as soon as small kids, cats, dogs or drowsy sleepers stumble into this bad idea the clean-up issues will put this into the next yard sale.


Most definitely gets points for styling.

Paul Anthony

Oh, look. Someone re-invented a coffee maker with an alarm instead of buying one in a store. And he put all the water above the electronics without any safety features such as a covered cup. One sleepy shove and the coffee is all over the electronics, the bedstand and floor. Nope- I think I'll buy a "Mr. Coffee" coffee pot with a timer instead.

Tina Gallagher

This is a cool looking programmable coffee making science kit, but you can get an automatic coffee maker today starting at about $20 and put it on your bedside table. I am not going to spend $250-420 for something that makes a single cup of drip coffee. I would be willing to spend a little more because I can see the inner workings, but not that much more.


Haha!! This is great, but I would be too excited by the prospect of nearby coffee to sleep at all!! :-)


In 1965 I built a "Heathkit" (Benton Harbor, MI, USA) AM Clock Radio that had a AC plug on the back that you could plug in a coffee pot and 5 minutes before the alarm went off the plug would turn on and you would have a whole pot of fresh coffee (or tea) when you woke up. I think the price of the kit back then was on the order of $30. It was very easy to build.


For $20/- I can get a 2"x2"x1" 7 day time switch that operates on voltage from 12 - 240 Volt. It can handle up to 240 V - 20 A ( changeover) load relay. It has CR-2032 powered (as backup) clock that is off by no more than a couple of seconds per month. You can have 16 different on and off times for each day. There is manual override for switching on and off. I have 3 operating in my home for the past 6 years and have yet to change a single batter!

Why would I buy this?


An ordinary coffee maker connected through a plug in timer would do the same job, would be more compact, and probably be safer to use. It looks like some one has 'reinvented the wheel,' and has produced a square wheel!


Sounds like a few people are upset because they didn't think about it first, I think it's a brilliant idea. I think they will make a lot of money selling this item and a few more models to come ! ! !

Michael Allan

A very lovely design, well done.

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