The old adage “jack of all trades, master of none” is perhaps at its most true when talking about all-in-one coffee equipment. There are a range of products offering anywhere between poor and adequate results when trying to dose, grind, brew, and weigh all in one, but rarely does even a single component match up favorably with its commercially available single-minded counterparts. These all-in-one units are usually not that cool to look at, which makes a cruel kind of sense; fitting that many tasks into a single machine take a lot of components, so shoving them all into a box becomes a utilitarian exercise, soon clogged with oils and ground bits of sprudge.
But there’s a new all-in-one brewer in town—or maybe there will be soon—and while we have no idea how well it works, is it ever pretty.
As first reported by Yanko Design, the new brewer is known as the SCOPE and is said to be a scale, grinder, and brew all in one very sleek, very minimal package. Designed by Joo Hwan Hong, the SCOPE is the recipient of the 2020 Asia Design Prize. If SCOPE can deliver on its aesthetic promise with consistent usability, this is going to wind up on a lot of coffee geek wishlists once it goes to market.
Little is known so far about SCOPE: there's no website, no social media accounts, nothing. Based on images, there appears to be a detachable scale connected to the base; the grinder portion appears to dose directly into the attached conical brewer; and according to the article, the SCOPE has built-in “temperature control,” presumably meaning it also does the work of a kettle and pours the water over the brew bed automatically. But another mock-up shows a Fellow Stagg-like kettle being used for manual brewing and there is little in the way of evidence of a water reservoir, so who can really say.
As best we can tell, SCOPE is still in or just coming out of the design phase. Whatever SCOPE's deal is, obviously I want it. It's the sort of hyper-clean design that would look great next to the eight bags of coffee (two of them currently opened), hand grinder, electric grinder with the casing removed and guts exposed, and various head shop scales that can be found currently on my coffee counter.
All images via Yanko Design