We see a lot of Kickstarter coffee projects here at Sprudge, but rarely do we see a new take on coffee brewing; most are just “reinventing the French press” tbh. But there’s a new campaign that just went live that may actually offer a new brew method. It’s called the FrankOne and it is being billed as “the first Colombian coffeemaker.”
Designed by Eduardo Umaña and Amor Perfecto’s Luis Fernando Vélez, the FrankOne revolves around one central idea: crema is bitter. Making a cup without the crema, it stands to reason, will be much sweeter and cleaner. So how do you do that? For FrankOne, the answer is a patented “Vacuum Extraction Technology.”
Borrowing in equal measure from pour-overs, siphon, and espresso machines, FrankOne works by using negative pressure to pull water through a coffee bed. In doing so, the crema remains on top of the coffee grounds instead of ending up in the cup. Check it out in action (making iced coffee not cold brew, I know, so don't @ me about it):
In addition to claims of a sweeter, cleaner cup, the FrankOne is also fast. Really fast. In just 30 seconds, the FrankOne can make 300g (about 10.5 ounces) of brewed coffee that follows the “golden cup standard set by the Specialty Coffee Association.”
The FrankOne Kickstarter has set a goal of $120,000, not an insignificant number by any stretch. The brew is set to MSRP at $99, though Kickstarter backers can get their hands on one for a pledge as low as $50; that price jumps up to $75 once the early bird pricing have all been scooped up. According to the campaign, all manufacturing has been lined up, so assuming they make their funding goal, FrankOne is hoping to be delivered to backers in April of 2019.
Now, we haven't had coffee from the FrankOne, so will the practice align with the theory? We can't say. Only time will tell. But it's a $50 bet I'm willing to make, especially if it means a new kind of coffee brewer makes it to market.
For more information or to back the project, visit the FrankOne Kickstarter page.
All media via Eduardo Umaña.