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Sunday
Aug282011

Go-Go-Gadget 

Do you love coffee gadgets, the little “toys” that aren’t necessary for brewing fine coffee?  They are fun, and here’s the latest collection of a few new coffee gadgets, reviewed by “Talk About Coffee”.

Coffee Joulies

You sip your coffee too soon after brewing it, leaving you with scalded taste buds all day. Wait too long, it’s hit lukewarm and barely worth drinking. Why doesn’t someone invent a way to keep coffee at the perfect drinking temperature AFTER you pour it?

Well, somebody has. Dave Petrillo and Dave Jackson are childhood buddies who started “inventing” stuff when they were in grade school. Their latest invention is Coffee Joulies, very cool little stainless steel coffee beans that cool your coffee to the right temperature quickly, keeping it there until you’re done drinking it. The stainless steel coffee beans are about the size of a large ice cube, and hold a secret non-toxic phase changing material that’s designed to regulate the temperature of hot beverages at about 140 F.

Coffee Joulies is one of the star products arising out of Kickstarters, a web-based social funding mechanism for inventors and ideas. Once they had their idea working, the two Daves posted their coffee gadgets idea on Kickstarters, with hopes of raising $9,000 for an initial run of manufacturing.  They raised that and more...they currently have 7 people working full time with Oneida, makers of silverware, to tool up for a sustainable manufacturing run. Coffee Joulies isn’t available just yet, but will be soon.

ExtractMoJo and MoJoToGo

Have you ever tasted bad coffee? Thanks to Vince Fedele, inventor of the original FireWire hard drive for MacBooks, you don’t ever have to taste lousy coffee again. His two coffee gadgets, ExtractMoJo and MoJoToGo, use hi-tech science to determine whether you’ve managed to extract exactly the right percentage of flavor components from the coffee beans (it’s 19%, in case you were wondering).

Fedele’s device, a refractometer, measures the refraction index of a substance by measuring how quickly light moves through it, paired with a universal brewing control chart.  According to Gizmodo, which profiled the nifty little coffee gadgets, you just plug in the number you get from the refractometer along with the amount of coffee and water you used.  It will tell you the brew strength and extraction yield for your coffee. ExtractMoJo is the original. MoJoToGo is the ExtractMoJo software in an iPhone app. How Does your coffee taste?   There’s an app for that.

JavaWand

Not so new to the gadget scent, but worth a look.  Need a little java to go?  The Java Wand is a glass straw with a French press coffee filter attached to the end. It fits into a little carrying case with enough room for you to store a little packet of ground coffee to take with you. To use it, fill your cup with hot water and ground coffee, let it brew, then insert the straw and drink. The filter filters out all the coffee grounds so that all you get is heavenly French press style coffee. A benefit of the JavaWand is that the coffee doesn’t touch your teeth, which means much less coffee staining. The JavaWand is smaller than most portable French press travel cups and is just as easy, if not easier, to use.

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