Wake up to a Coffee Machine Alarm Clock!
Statement homewares are something to aim for; you want to make your home yours so don’t always fill it with stuff everyone else has too. There are tons of amazing young designers out there and Josh Renouf is one of them. (Skip to bottom for the top 3 machines.)
Coffee Alarm Clock – Simple, Beautiful, Innovative
The British designer Josh Renouf knows how to make something eye-catching and purposeful. He created the Barisieur, a bedside coffee machine alarm clock that brews at the time you set it to and wakes you up with the smell of coffee. Literally, wake up and smell the coffee.
Actually a pretty retro-looking alarm clock, the inside and top are a flawless piece of design. With a science beaker that uses induction heating through stainless steel balls, the Barisieur is a sort of Mousetrap-like contraption that brews and pours the coffee into a matching glass mug.
With a small slot for the milk glass and a little drawer for ground coffee and sugar, this is a complete coffee arrangement that means you won’t have to get out of bed at all. Incredibly simple with just two knobs and a switch – mornings will be, oh, a thousand times more pleasant with this.
So how exactly does the coffee machine alarm clock work?
Sounds a big magical eh? But you don’t want some machine boiling water and getting hot by your bedside, what if something goes wrong? What’s in this thing anyway?
Well, Josh Renouf didn’t want the alarm clock heating up either, hence he chose induction heating. By using induction, the stainless steel balls inside the beaker heat the water also inside the beaker. The beaker has a rubber bung in it with a thin glass tube that travels up and over above the coffee cup.
As the water heats, it begins to evaporate and create pressure within the beaker. This pressure in turn forces the boiling water through the glass tube and into the coffee-filled filter hanging above the coffee cup. As the hot water makes it’s way through the ground coffee, it eventually drips down into the cup.
But I don’t have a fridge in my bedroom…what do I do about milk?
Josh Renouf really doesn’t want you to have to get out of bed and so he’s devised a method for milk too. You prepare the coffee machine alarm clock each night before bed; i.e. you put fresh coffee grounds in the filter, fill the beaker with water and pour cold milk into the milk glass before placing a bung in to seal it from the air.
The milk glass is stored inside the alarm clock but still accessed by the top. Between the induction element and the milk glass is a cooling fan, lowering the milk’s temperature while the coffee is brewing.
Can I snooze? I love to snooze
Renouf appreciates that everyone likes to wake up around their alarm clock a little differently and so this brew timer is customisable. You can set it to brew 5-30 minutes before the alarm goes off, as soon as the alarm goes off or 5-30 minutes after the alarm goes off. Or simply press the ‘make’ button to get the brewing going whenever you feel like it.
coffee machine alarm clock. First class design, and you pay for it
The wooden top to this coffee machine alarm clock is beautiful walnut and there is no excess or out of place piece of design. Nothing is there without a reason for being there which is the reason why this is just so beautiful; it has purpose.
There’s so much decorative rubbish out there especially within domestic household appliances. As though huge companies believe that they can make something cheap and practical while sticking on some pointless aesthetic pattern and sell it more. Why doesn’t that kind of design make us satisfied? Because it’s purposeless. Renouf’s stunningly simple coffee machine alarm clock resonates so well because it’s built to incorporate purpose and beauty where one cannot function without the other.
The sad part is that it’s not actually available yet and lots of people will be put off by the £250ish price. But you will get what you pay for when it’s available and you’ll have got one step closer to having the house you’ve curated yourself.
The coffee industry is filled with mass-market this and that where everything looks basically the same and gives your home a rather generic, appliance-department look. Who want’s that? Especially nowadays when alongside all these mega corporations pouring out samey same goods are innovative designers creating unique and genius inventions.
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These are the top 3 coffee machine alarm clocks, all for under £60!
So while the Swan Programmable Coffee Maker doesn’t have the style of the Renouf, it is affordable and very functional.
You might also like to consider the Severin Titanium Coffee Maker with Timer that is similar in many ways to the Swan coffee alarm clock machine but with an easy to read water level and easier to navigate controls.
My personal favourite is the stylish, and functional Melitta 1008-01 Optima Timer Coffee Filter Machine which not only looks great in any kitchen but you can set it to have your coffee ready for when you get up. A great time saver in the mornings, and as an added bonus you can wake up to the smell of fresh coffee, what better way to start the day?