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You Can Now Pre-Order a Coffee Alarm Clock

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In March 2015, we wrote about The Barisieur, an alarm clock by designer Joshua Renouf that wakes up sleepers with a fresh cup of tea or coffee. Now, the coffee maker is a working prototype up for funding on Indiegogo.

The Barisieur promises to get the day started without requiring the user to even get out of bed. Once the coffee or tea is ready, the sleepy user only needs to sit up and enjoy. Everything needed to enjoy a cup is right in the machine. Sugar can be found in a compartment in the front, while milk is found in an insulated vessel that keeps it cool overnight.

The process is also a lot of fun to watch: An induction hob heats up a steel base, which in turn heats up the water. Once enough steam pressure builds up, the water is forced out of its container and into the filter, creating the perfect morning drink.

If the gentle sound of water boiling is not enough to rouse you, don't worry: There's also a traditional alarm that can be set before, during, or after the brewing process.

On top of promising a relaxing morning, the machine, equipped with a USB charger, also offers a good night's sleep, according to the creators. In place of staring at a screen before bed, the user has a ritual of setting up the coffee alarm. The relaxing procedure will signal to the brain that it's time for bed and possibly make falling asleep a little easier.

You can pre-order your own coffee alarm on Indiegogo for about $300. It's expected to ship by September 2017.

[h/t Woman's Day]

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Why You Might Not Want to Order Tea or Coffee On Your Next Flight
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A cup of tea or coffee at 40,000 feet may sound like a great way to give yourself an extra energy boost during a tiring trip, but it might be healthier to nap away your fatigue—or at least wait until hitting ground to indulge in a caffeine fix. Because, in addition to being tepid and watery, plane brew could be teeming with germs and other harmful life forms, according to Business Insider.

Multiple studies and investigations have taken a closer look at airplane tap water, and the results aren’t pretty—or appetizing. In 2002, The Wall Street Journal conducted a study that looked at water samples taken from 14 different flights from 10 different airlines. Reporters discovered “a long list of microscopic life you don’t want to drink, from Salmonella and Staphylococcus to tiny insect eggs," they wrote.

And they added, "Worse, contamination was the rule, not the exception: Almost all of the bacteria levels were tens, sometimes hundreds, of times above U.S. government limits."

A 2004 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that water supplies on 15 percent of 327 national and international commercial aircrafts were contaminated to varying degrees [PDF]. This all led up to the 2011 Aircraft Drinking Water Rule, an EPA initiative to make airlines clean up. But in 2013, an NBC investigation found that at least one out of every 10 commercial U.S. airplanes still had issues with water contamination.

Find out how airplane water gets so gross, and why turning water into coffee or tea isn’t enough to kill residual germs by watching Business Insider’s video below.

[h/t Business Insider]

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This Concrete Block Makes a Fine Espresso
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Have you ever thought your kitchen could use more of a Soviet Union vibe? Do you find the fixtures in abandoned buildings charming? Then the AnZa espresso machine—essentially a coffee maker encased in a concrete block—may be for you.

According to Curbed, the AnZa is part of the art and installation aesthetic dubbed Brutalism, an architectural movement using spare, blocky designs. Moving away from the sleek, shiny appearance of most modern appliances, design firm Montaag crafted a rough block with simple knobs. As post-apocalyptic as it may look, it’s reputed to make a very good cup of espresso. And it’s “smart”: a smartphone app can adjust the brewing temperature to the user’s preference.

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The project’s Kickstarter recently met its $145,000 goal and is now accepting preorders at Indiegogo for $799. You can hoist this subjectively beautiful appliance on your countertop beginning in March 2018.

[h/t Curbed]

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