High End Coffe Maker

A design project for school, designing a high end coffee maker, decided to push the boundaries away from the usual “stainless steel and black” deffinition of high end.

it works like a usual drip style coffee maker but instead of using electric heat it is placed on the stove
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Very fascinating visually, but I could see a ton of issues if this were to be made realistically. Can you make an exploded view to make things more clear or maybe some sketches showing ergonomics?

It’s an interesting idea, though it ill need further development. You may try to use different materials, all transparent doesn’t make it so high end I think. Some details like the “shower” on top and the handle could be refined and more delicate as well, I would try something here.

Also as said before, there would be some issues, like the steam escape in a closed stove. Some user-scenario pics would be great to help understand the usability.

A couple things.

1.Be careful with glass directly on a stove. This can be very very dangerous with the home user. I’d recommend a steel bottom of some sort to conduct heat, and protect the glass.

  1. Just being overly complicated doesn’t necessarily make it high-end. I consider some of the simplest forms of coffee brewing to be very high end. There’s more user interaction with the process so you really feel like it’s a gourmet cup of coffee.

Look at these three styles of brewing for inspiration:
The Chemex brewer: http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/store/product/id/126
The Hario Coffee dripper: http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/store/product/id/3206
and the one that closely resembles your process - The Yama Syphon: http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/store/product/id/2115

Cook’s Magazine did a review of coffee makers, in their usual scientific-esque quest to find the very best method.

They did not test espresso machines, either stovetop or LaPavoni (sp?) types.

The most important factors to control were water temperature, brewing time, and the method of storing the coffee in a pot.

The best machine was the Technivorm Moccamaster, from the Netherlands. Its quite a piece of design; it looks like a chemistry kit. I purchased one after reading the article, and had to wait for two months while ‘Clement Design’ built the thing.

It uses 1000 watts and copper heating elements to brew perfect coffee in 7.5 minutes, keeping it in a vacuum carafe instead of on a burner, which degrades the flavor.

As a way of promoting your concept, perhaps you could pull in some of the reasoning behind perfect coffee and show how features on your design work toward that goal.

Wow that thing would be a nightmare to clean, and keeping your pot clean of old coffee acids is very important. It might sell to the “kitchen as art exhibit” crowd but not to anybody who loves coffee.

Still the best…after almost a century :wink:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_(coffee_pot)

And I agree with the above post. A nightmare to manufacture and it doesn’t make it high-end or good just by making things complex. “Keep it as simple as you can but not simpler” quote of a famous person with a moustache.

Grtz