A new Wi-Fi-controlled coffee machine may become this decade’s version of the Teasmade.
Firebox today launched Smarter Coffee, a new appliance which can brew straight from bean to cup all synced up to an app on your phone. The merits are obvious: arguing with your spouse about who makes the coffee in the morning? Order an electronic barista, instead. Suffering from such a bad hangover you can barely see? Fumble around for your phone. Annoyed after work, tired and don't have time for a disco nap? Set the machine to welcome you home with a freshly brewed mug.
By 2020 Andrew Keen, author of The Internet Is Not The Answer, says that research predicts there will be 50 billion connected devices across the globe, making up a so-called Internet of Things. We might loosely remember automated curtains from the 90s as a sign of luxury but newer tech sets to apply this to all kinds of products.
10 Best Coffee Machines
10 Best Coffee Machines
1/10 Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine
This pod machine is the perfect spark to anyone’s morning ritual. Just pop a Nespresso pod in, press the button and in 25 seconds you’ll have an espresso (or espresso lungo) to kickstart your day. £79.99 - £89.99, johnlewis.com
2/10 De'Longhi Magnifica Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine
Pop your beans (or ready-ground coffee) in the machine and await anything from a full sized Americano to a diddy espresso. The milk frothing arm can whip up a froth for a cappuccino in seconds and the 1.8L tank means you don’t have to worry about refilling the machine any time soon. Bliss. £399.99, johnlewis.com
3/10 De'Longhi Eletta Plus
Waking up to a tailor-made coffee doesn’t have to be confined to holidays abroad. The Eletta Plus will memorise your personal coffee choice (from its strength to its size) and can be set to prepare it at a certain time each day. Personal coffee assistant? Almost. £549.95, Johnlewis.com
4/10 Panasonic NC ZA-1
Panasonic’s first foray into coffee machines might seem an odd choice of venture but the risk netted them the iF Product Design Award 2014. This sleek bean-to-cup machine takes up very little room. All the parts you need to service are easy to access at the front, so it’s not a chore to clean and refill. £499.00, http://markselectrical.co.uk
5/10 Delonghi Premium pump Coffee Machine
Any budding barista will love this machine. Pour in the grounds, tamp them, slot the arm into place and within seconds you’ll have the perfect coffee. Can take Easy Serving Espresso (ESE) pods, too. £149.99, Amazon.co.uk
6/10 Swan SK23020N Coffee Maker
A budget machine for those who just want a regular cup of joe to sip all day. It has an alarm clock and wake up function to make sure your coffee’s ready and waiting in the morning. Can make up to five cups. £39.99, Swan-brand.co.uk
7/10 Dualit Espress Auto 3-in-1 Coffee Machine
This dinky industrial machine not only remembers your perfect-sized coffee but also produces a rich crema that’s hard to beat in its price range. It can take ground coffee, ESE pods or Dualit’s own NX coffee capsules. £199.95, johnlewis.com
8/10 Lavazza Espria
Wake up to a strong Italian barista-style coffee with this thin espresso machine that can slot snugly into your kitchen or study. It takes Lavazza’s coffee capsules which are available in 10 different blends. The manual stop and start button means you can perfect the right amount of water each time. £99.99, lavazzamodomio.co.uk
9/10 Ascaso Dream Versatile Coffee Machine
Manufactured by Spanish coffee artisans this retro but elegant machine will fit into any kitchen. Sleek but functional it features a 255cc brass boiler, pressurised filter holder system and a steam wand. Available in a choice of 13 different colours. £570, naken.co.uk
10/10 Bodum Bistro
It’s not just the sleek, beautiful aesthetics that make this one an ideal choice. The Bodum Bistro is clever, too. It doesn’t use filter papers and instead features an innovative, easy-clean shower head design. The pouring jug is basically a Thermos, so your coffee won’t go cold. Perfect for those family gatherings. £199.99, Bodum.com
2015 is allegedly the year of wearables, after all, but perhaps it's also the year of connected appliances. Last year saw the arrival of clever thermostats such as Nest and Hive to the market - so it's likely we will see a rise in automated hardware.
The creators, Smarter, are not newcomers to clever tech. They first introduced the iKettle to the market in 2013, which you could control from your phone in the morning. You can set the machine to make coffee in the morning, and when it's ready, the alarm on your phone will wake you up. At £149.99 Smarter Coffee is not exactly the cheapest machine on the market - though for a bean to cup appliance it's a competitive price point. Last year The Mirror showed that the average consumer is likely to spend upwards of £52,000 on coffee in their lifetime, with the coffee shop industry as a whole worth more than £6bn per year in Britain alone. Perhaps, even with this price tag, a wireless alternative might be the answer.Reuse content