Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Coffee

The minibru Coffee Mug

If you want to make French press coffee, you have to either go with a whole pot, or use a filter-equipped travel mug like the Commuter Java Press or the Impress ... right? Well, not anymore. The minibru Coffee Mug lets you make a single serving of French press, right in the mug itself.  Read More

The Compact4All modular kitchen appliance

Compact4All is a space-saving kitchen appliance for breakfast lovers. Designed by Jan des Bouvrie for the Dutch domestic appliance firm Princess, the appliance features four white cubes containing a kettle, toaster, coffee maker and juicer. Each cube measures 20 x 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 x 8 inches), and they can be stacked neatly together to form one single cube or alternatively positioned side by side.  Read More

The Impress combines an inner mug, outer mug and lid

Coffee is getting quicker and easier every day. We've seen portable espresso machines and cars with such machines built in. The Impress Coffee Brewer is the latest fast-brewing gadget to come to our attention. The mug brews and transports your morning coffee, giving you the necessary splash of caffeine while getting you out the door in a hurry.  Read More

The Blossom One Limited affords complete control of the brewing process – including temper...

The Blossom One Limited coffee machine by Blossom Coffee promises to provide connoisseurs of the black stuff an exceptional cup of coffee with every pour, and is designed by former NASA, Apple and Tesla employees as a bespoke product which would add some flair to any kitchen counter. The catch? A cool US$11,111 price tag, barista not included.  Read More

Velopresso has snagged an award from Deutsche Bank and came second place in a design compe...

Royal College of Art graduates Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva have put a new twist on the humble street vendor tricycle with Velopresso – a prototype mobile coffee making machine that uses pedal-power to grind the beans as well as turn the wheels.  Read More

Bosch's VeroBar AromaPro coffee maker

It’s a no-brainer to say that we all like the foods and drinks we consume to smell appetizing. In the case of coffee, however, its scent is pretty much as important as its flavor. This is a fact that is obviously recognized by the engineers at Bosch. The company’s new VeroBar AromaPro coffee maker – which will be unveiled at the upcoming IFA 2012 electronics show – adjusts automatically to the type of bean used, in order to optimize the coffee's aroma.  Read More

A chemical engineer has created a 'food biorefinery' that converts used coffee grounds and...

Every year, the individual stores that make up Starbucks Hong Kong produce almost 5,000 tonnes (4,536 tons) of used coffee grounds and unconsumed bakery items. As it stands now, all of that waste is incinerated, dumped in a landfill, or composted. In the future, however, it may be used to produce a key ingredient in laundry detergents, plastics, and many other items. A recent experiment showed that it can indeed be done.  Read More

The Java Commuter Press uses inner and outer mugs

In a society that's always looking for quicker, easier ways of getting a caffeine fix, any new type of coffee brewing instrument has to either make okay coffee faster or simply make better coffee. The GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press promises to do both - on the go.  Read More

Fiat claims the 500L is the first production car to offer these type of coffee-making capa...

The automotive world is full of interesting optional equipment - everything from ornate removable timepieces to cigar humidors have been built into cars and concepts. Heck, even whale penis leather was a thing for a while - a very short while. Despite all that, Fiat has still managed to turn heads and inspire headlines with an option offered on a fairly modest car. The new 500L can be fitted with an integrated espresso machine.  Read More

With multiple jamming segments and four control cables, the robotic arm can flex and grip ...

Regular readers might remember the robotic universal gripper that can pick up a wide variety of objects thanks to an elastic membrane filled with coffee grounds. Earlier this year, the developers revealed they had given their versatile gripper the ability to “shoot” objects some distance, and now a team at MIT has “extended” the technology to create a robotic arm that can twist, flex and grip in a way not dissimilar to an elephant’s trunk.  Read More

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