Coffee is a way of life for many Americans. Most of us cannot even fathom starting the day without a cup of Joe, and quality is becoming an increasingly important aspect of our daily caffeine fix following the rise of the third way coffee movement.
Unfortunately, however, trips to your local artisanal coffee shop can add up quickly, relegating many individuals to the sub-par world of stale beans and drip coffee that characterizes home-brewed coffee.
Luckily, however, thanks to a recent Kickstarter campaign, there’s new hope for the world’s broke coffee snobs. According to The Verge, a revolutionary Wi-Fi-enabled coffee grinder has been developed by a firm named GIR, or “Get It Right.”
Entitled “Voltaire,” the grinder’s creators claim that their product can detect whether or not coffee beans are stale, using a variety of sensors and measurement standards. While the details of the technology remain a little cloudy, the product apparently generates a "freshness" scale for the beans enclosed in its hopper according to their "temperature, humidity, bean mass, volume, 'gas concentration,' and 'volatile compound release.'"
When the beans become stale, the Voltaire will either notify its owner or automatically order new beans, depending on the setting selected.
Despite the fact that the Wi-Fi-enabled grinder might seem like a niche product, the Voltaire has already raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter, and its funders seem very enthused about the product. While you can currently purchase a Voltaire on the crowdfunding site, all of the low-cost units have already sold-out.
If you consider yourself a true coffee cognoscente, however, you can still snatch up a $199 unit. Options include upgrading to a “pour-over stand, a steel-and-copper tamper,” and even a "hand-crafted marble tamping tray."
Nevertheless, before you balk at the price, you might want to add up how much money you spend at your local coffee shop every year—the number might surprise (and alarm) you!