I am somewhat of a purist when it comes to my coffee. I hate the faffing and nonsense, I don’t want you to concoct anything frilly in my cup, and I really don’t know you well enough to tell you my name.
As if there were not enough truly absurd frothing and peacocking, it appears that baristas are the new ‘chic geeks’.
I start every day by brewing Algerian beans and reading my newspaper (yes, I still read a newspaper in the morning), my puppy and my postman both respect my routine and I love them a little more because of it. My kitchen, perhaps more caffeine-conscious than most, houses an espresso machine, cafetiere and two percolators. A recent survey shows that sales of the 'expert’ café-style bean-to-cup machines have soared by 167 per cent in the last year.
With the confidence and creativity of caffeine enthusiasts brewing, what is a coffee emporium to do? How do they up their game? How can they change the face of coffee? Roll up, roll up and marvel at ‘The Ripple Maker’; a bizarre concept that is, literally, one of the most intimate ways of connecting with your coffee.
The invention uses uber-savvy 3D-printing technology to put any image of your choice into the foam on your coffee. The machine is pre-set with a handful of frilly designs but, in a world of social media and interaction, the Ripple Maker’s profile is pitched perfectly to go stratospheric. The brains behind the Ripple Maker have taken a shot by creating a simple app that allows anyone to send their own photos to the ripple machine and give their coffee a personal twist.
Interested in combining latte art with the wondrous symmetry of your morning pre-caffeine good looks? Targeted at the sizeable coffee market in a consumerism-fuelled world, the price of your coffee comes in at around £650. If that wasn't already a big enough kick to your coffee customisation dreams.