BANGKOK, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers throughout the world are drinking more coffee, with demand projected by the International Coffee Organization to soar in the next few years.
This trend is evident as cafes pop up in major cities throughout the world, with wide range of new coffee machines launched so that consumers can get their caffeine fix at home, in the office, at coffee shops or on the move.
This encouraged Bangkok-based FUSE Coffee Company, a start-up by two young engineers to kick-start a radical approach with the launch of their coffee-gadget FUSE Modular Coffee Press system. FUSE Coffee Press relies on a series of twist-on modules that currently includes a ceramic burr for grinding roasted beans right before the brew, and a milk frother for that latte or cappuccino.
This new technology is the brainchild of coffee lover and CEO Kenneth Chai, who took his search for a caffeine fix to a new level.
While working as a petroleum field engineer in rural Asia, the creator of FUSE realised how difficult it was to get a good cup of coffee on-the-go, having tried a myriad of ways including bringing his own coffee machines across international borders.
"I consider myself an average coffee drinker, but I don't just want your typical instant powder from a pack. I love a good grind and brew to start my day off."
"One day, my work found me in the middle of the Mongolian desert and I had woken up every morning with no access to clean water or electricity -- but all I wanted was a hot cup of good coffee!"
"It was then and there that this idea came to me."
Nothing quite cuts the fact of grinding fresh beans on the spot and brewing it right away for that good cuppa joe -- thus, Chai embarked on his quest to create a fully robust, easy to clean, portable and modular system that let users grind, brew and froth milk on the move.
The result is the FUSE portable system: fully modular, the core of the system is a 1-lb (450-g), 4.8 x 3.1-in (122 x 80-mm) chamber and plunger. The hand-held plunger presses down hot water into a stainless steel coffee chamber at 5 to 6 bar (73 to 87 psi) of pressure before coffee escapes into a cup. Coffee strength can also be adjusted with a twist of the chamber.
"With FUSE, all you have to do is add your beans, screw on the plunger, add hot water and press. The rest is you and your instant mental clarity."
"It is sort of like LEGO. You want to grind your beans, get the Grinder. You like Latte? Get the Frother. You don't feel like moving a muscle? Get the PowerPress and PowerGrinder. Camping? Don't forget the PowerCore."
The company is currently crowd-funding this project on Indiegogo with 48 days to go. Interested buyers are encouraged to check out the limited offer packages and deals on the site. The main unit can now be pre-ordered at $49, limited runs of the FUSE plus Grinder package is also available for avid coffee lovers at a combined discounted price of $119.
The team hopes to ship out their first unit before Christmas.
Other twist-on modules in development are:
- Battery operated PowerGrinder and PowerPress that grinds the bean and pushes the hot water with a press of a button.
- TimeGrip, an add-on grip that features a timer for those who brew their coffee by the mili-seconds.
- PowerCore, a powered thermo-flask that fits in a bicycle bottle cage, perfect for the outdoor enthusiasts or cyclists.
All the modules are still in early development and part of their crowd-funding stretch goals.
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SOURCE FUSE Coffee Co., Ltd.