At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee (thanks, Marc LaFountain)
Incredible. Don’t miss the explanatory photo slideshow showing exactly how it works.
Designed by three Stanford graduates, it lets the user program every feature of the brewing process, including temperature, water dose and extraction time. (It even has an Ethernet connection that can feed a complete record of its configurations to a Web database.)
Filled with too many amazing quotes.
“The whirlpool, it messes with your mind,” said Mr. Freeman, the owner of the Blue Bottle. “There’s no way to rush it.” Mr. Freeman said he practiced stirring plain water for months to develop muscle memory before he brewed his first cup of siphon coffee.
While I don’t think any coffee maker could be worth $20,000, I’d happily risk $5 to try the coffee it makes.