“To boldly brew….”
— Pundit Planet (@punditfap) March 16, 2015
This isn’t a product endorsement, or ad, just an eye-catching combo of design + design. Or maybe I know too many caffeinated graphic designers. I could be wrong, but I expect this will enjoy success.
Whitbread Wilkinson has just launched Pantone Coffee Pots in three different sizes. The colorful percolators have a retro Italian style –that is pretty darn cool– and come in your choice of Pantone Colors. Read the rest of this entry »
“Our aerospace engineers have designed a new-concept coffeemaker, which is safe for the astronauts and able to function in microgravity conditions.”
— David Avino, Managing Director of Argotec
The machine will go by the name ISSpresso, from the acronym of the International Space Station (ISS), where it is to be installed
Following numerous complaints by Italian astronauts over the last 13 years that what they miss most while on duty at the International Space Station is a high quality espresso, the company hope that Samantha Christoforetti, who is set to become the first Italian woman to go into space in November can enjoy a warm cup of coffee on board.
The plastic tube carrying water inside a standard espresso machine has been replaced with a special steel tube designed to withstand pressure above 400 bar, while the machine and its accompanying equipment weighs around 20kg.
Astronauts will not be restricted to a shot of espresso for their caffeine fix, with the innovative capsule system able to produce other hot drinks like a caffe lungo or even a cup of tea.
Punditfromanotherplanet’s 24-hour news laboratory had a brief crisis this week, when the fuel source was temporarily interrupted. Yes, the espresso supply chain stopped in mid-stream, when the primary caffeine processor was offline. When I flipped it on, it didn’t boot up. With advice from a professional repair consultant, I discovered it’s easy to find the reset button, reset it, and fully restore functionality. Voila! The Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine is now serving.
Turns out, earlier that day, in a neglectful moment, I’d left the steamer on a bit too long, unattended. It overheated, and it activated an internal breaker. It self-protected. Brilliant. It reminded me that this machine exceeds my previous model Francis Francis Italian espresso (which also got a lot of mileage) machine’s features. The Silvia protected itself from overheating. And the reset (briefly removing the top panel) was a simple process. Rather than a repair bill, a new boiler, or internal electronics, it just needed a push of a button to reset it.
I was originally drawn to the Silvia because it falls neatly into the ‘pro-sumer’ line of home espresso machines. More expensive than the typical home model, but more affordable than the high-end models that are professional enough to use in a a restaurant or bar. I found it’s one of the best-reviewed, most prized, durable and elegant pundit fuel sources in its price range, with a sleek, industrial feel, compared to most lightweight home models.