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Coffee roaster lets you plot temperature over time for unique brews

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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Coffee has never been more innovated, but apparently there’s still room for improvement. Those who frequent Starbucks should move on. This device is for the most devoted of coffee drinkers; the people who put more thought into their morning brew than their evening dinner. IKAWA is a digital coffee bean roaster, and there’s an app for that.

IKAWA was designed by Andrew Stordy at the Royal College of Art and is the result of hundreds of iterations. Its unique ability to control temperature over time means new tastes can be developed and recipes shared online.

IKAWA Founder Andrew Stordy with co-founder Rombout Frieling portrait in East London Office

But in designing IKAWA Andrew says that he wanted to solve the problem of blockages which occur when the skin of the beans fall off.

The real challenge was to build a machine that could reproduce a roast accurately, regardless of the environment.

IKAWA has unique patented roasting technology and uses top quality components. During the roast process a papery skin comes off the coffee – called chaff. Over time this would block a normal filter – so we included a cyclone that will never get blocked. Our roasting system is patented with support from James Dyson.

Retailing at £750 the roaster certainly isn’t cheap, especially since the bean capacity is a quarter of the size of roasters half the cost. But I have no doubt that there are coffee connoisseurs who would have absolutely no sticker shock when bog standard roasters start at around £350.

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[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”#Coffee”]IKAWA is a beautiful machine, carefully engineered and genuinely innovative[/inlinetweet]. Controlling it via an app makes complete sense in this age of rubbish appliance control panels and signals a common trend.

IKAWA is asking for £80,000 on KickStarter and they’re fast approaching their goal. Get your early bird discount before they’re all gone.

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IKAWA Home Roaster with selection of green coffees - a Kickstarter reward

Posted 04th May 2015
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