I am (and I fear I always will be) a sucker for new coffee gear. Even minor tweaks to functionality or aesthetics are enough for me to empty out my wallet and fill up my coffee cabinet. Add a few extra holes to a Kalita Wave? Gotta have it. An Acaia Pearl but in black? It’s unclear how life could go on without it. A kettle with Bluetooth? I welcome the singularity. And so of course when I stumbled upon the new Cora Coffee Brewer, I couldn’t help myself.
Now seeking funding on IndieGoGo, the Cora Coffee Brewer isn’t so much a revolutionary new piece of coffee tech so much as it is a combination of two much-loved pieces of gear with the elegance and refinement ratcheted up to 11. It is essentially a ceramic Chemex sitting atop a Bluetooth-enabled, app-driven smart scale (sound familiar), but in gorgeous cherry wood.
Two-plus years in the making, the Cora was created by San Jose-based industrial designer Aaron Freyer. Smaller in volume than most manual coffee devices, the single-cup brewer can hold up to 400ml of coffee, and looks real good doing it. The brewer uses magnets to attach to the smart scale and keep it in place, and while meant to be used together, both the brewer and the smart scale will be sold separately and are compatible with other devices.
With 25 days left in the campaign, the Cora Coffee Brewer sits just under the 50% mark of its $10,000 goal (and about a third of the way to its $15,000 stretch goal that unlocks the Apple Watch app and you know you want that too or am I just projecting?). With a retail price of $199, the IndieGoGo campaign is offering early bird backers the complete package—brewer and scale—for $149 (14 left as of publication) or $169. And for those who just want the scale, it is available through IndieGoGo for $96. Delivery of all orders is expected for September of this year.
For more information on the Cora Coffee Brewer, visit their IndieGoGo site. And go ahead and pick up one while you are there. You know you want to. Or if you’re me, you have to.
*all media via Cora Coffee Brewer