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The Blossom One Limited affords complete control of the brewing process – including temperature, pressure, volume and time
The Blossom One Limited affords complete control of the brewing process – including temperature, pressure, volume and time
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The Blossom One Limited affords complete control of the brewing process – including temperature, pressure, volume and time
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The Blossom One Limited affords complete control of the brewing process – including temperature, pressure, volume and time
The glass and stainless steel brew chamber unit has 500 W heating power
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The glass and stainless steel brew chamber unit has 500 W heating power
The Blossom One Limited features a 1.3MP camera for QR Code scanning
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The Blossom One Limited features a 1.3MP camera for QR Code scanning
The Blossom One Limited accepts any standard E61 Portafilter basket
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The Blossom One Limited accepts any standard E61 Portafilter basket
Reservoir self-fills silently with line pressure, and uses gravity to fill boiler
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Reservoir self-fills silently with line pressure, and uses gravity to fill boiler
A manual plunger offers maximum control over press-out
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A manual plunger offers maximum control over press-out
All modules can be removed with common hand tools
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All modules can be removed with common hand tools
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The Blossom One Limited coffee machine by Blossom Coffee promises to provide connoisseurs of the black stuff an exceptional cup of coffee with every pour, and is designed by former NASA, Apple and Tesla employees as a bespoke product which would add some flair to any kitchen counter. The catch? A cool US$11,111 price tag, barista not included.

Despite the company's impressive pedigree, the onus is on Blossom Coffee to prove its device is worth the extra when compared to cheaper machines – as, by our reckoning, one could purchase somewhere in the region of 3,700 tall lattes from Starbucks and still have some change left over for the occasional blueberry muffin. The company addresses this with a carefully considered feature list and a focus on build quality.

The glass and stainless steel brew chamber unit has 500 W heating power
The glass and stainless steel brew chamber unit has 500 W heating power

The machine sports a modular design with easily serviceable parts, and will support any standard E61 Portafilter basket. There's also a silent reservoir which eliminates the operational noises typical of lesser coffee machines. Considering the large price which Blossom One Limited commands, the uninitiated may expect an automatic plunger, but the company maintains that sticking with hand power provides maximum control over the coffee filtering process. Besides, if you can afford this coffee machine, then you’ll probably have a butler to do it for you anyway.

The Blossom One Limited also features cloud integration, which sounds a little tacked-on at first, but actually makes some sense on consideration: Wi-Fi and a 1.3 MP camera combine to allow users to download and share brew recipes and monitor the machine's performance remotely. Coffee roasters can craft custom recipes and print these as QR codes, in order to allow users to scan that code to brew the perfect cup and enjoy it exactly as originally intended.

Blossom Coffee sees its custom deriving mostly from cafes, hotels, and coffee lovers with deep pockets, and as befits its exclusive nature, only limited units will be made available. The elect may choose to have their machine constructed from mahogany, walnut, sapele, teak or zebra-wood. Additionally, Blossom Coffee will accommodate a customer’s existing kitchen fittings to ensure a perfect match.

The Blossom One Limited is available now for pre-order, with delivery slated for the first quarter of 2013.

Source: Blossom Coffee

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10 comments
Australian
Three employees from three leading/big American companies? Last time I was in the USA about the only thing I couldn't buy was good coffee! I'm not inspired by this at all. Perhaps if they were Italian companies I would be more impressed?
Jon A.
Is this the one they used to sell to the Department of Defense?
Emilio Reyes
WHY. Why is this necessary? Shouldn't they be applying their talents to make a white electric flying car with rounded corners and a horrible sense of direction instead?
Jeronimo Dan
If anyone pays this much for a coffee machine, then they have proved P.T. was right...
PickleMan Pickles
Yeah Austrailian, because Italian companies have made Italy an economic force to be reconed wit . . . oh wait. Nevermind. And If you can't find a good cup of coffee here, it is because you didn't look past Starbucks. There are custom roasters in any city over a hundred thousand who stock every bean on the planet and will roast it to your standards. Ummmm . . . I'm sipping aged Sumatran as I type!
Walt Stawicki
you had any reservations of P.T. Barnum's validity. I only had this: "A sucker? a single one?"
for this price I will get a lovely italian machine to woo visitors, and hire my very own barrista gal to be on 24/7/365 call right there in the barista outfit of my choosing. maybe some variety of costume to spice the week...$800 a month, room board, easy duty, must be easy on the eye...that is a way better way to spend money. people first! but if you insist, I'm sure someone is standing by ready to sell you a ticket to enter the club of proud, the elite, the sucker. take his money, please.
voluntaryist
"... limited units will be made available." Isn't every product produced in a finite, i.e., limited, amount? I predict the cost will plummet when they declare bankruptcy.
I brew without heat or pressure resulting in half the acid. Cold brewing requires no machine, resulting in a $11,111 savings, and dare I say, better brew?
Harold Johnson
the article does not specify the quality of the coffee made. Perfect coffee must be brewed at 92 degrees Celsius and at 19 bar pressure..
kellory
All the coffee I will drink in my lifetime, would not be worth that price. I will pass.
William Gray
As with many things priced well above the "norm", is the taste and aroma, 11,106 times "better" with this machine than you could get with a $5 Starbucks?