SCAA Expo 2011 – Day 3 (New Products)

05/03/2011

New Products
Here’s a look at some of new products at the show—in addition to the ones I posted on day one—these stood out the most. Overall I was underwhelmed by what I saw, but there were a few things I was stoked to see in person and a few I hadn’t seen before.

The official SCAA Best New Product Award for (Consumer & Commercial) went to Baratza’s new Essato and Vario-E weight based grinders. As I’ve mentioned a few times, I think they’re only needed for a very specific situation—very low volume cafés offering brew-by-the-cup—but I’m sure there are a number of home coffee aficionados who will drop the cash for these as well.

The Clever Coffee Dripper (or Abid or Mr. Clever) will now come in smaller 13oz sizes as well as a range of opaque colors to expand the companies product line.

Technivorm has a new grinder that pairs with their Moccamaster drip brewers. It costs $199 and only has one grind setting—the Moccamaster grind. It removes all guesswork for your mom and dad, as well as all flexibility for everyone else. Even more interesting than it’s lack of grind adjustment is how it works. The KM4 grinders are inverted blade grinders with a fan that blows the coffee through the blade to prevent over-heating and create more consistency with less powder.

A couple prototypes of the Crossland automated pour-over machine that can work with a variety of brew methods. Pretty impressive range of control over the water-flow and circular motion of the pour. He was a bit paranoid about photographs though. There’s definitely more polite ways to ask someone to stop taking photos than barking that they’ve taken more than enough.

The newest Rancilio espresso machines really stood out. I loved their modest but refined functional aesthetic. This is the new Classe 7 which features the YouSteam dual function steam wand.

The Mypressi Twist has some nice looking stands coming out soon that not only display it nicely on a counter, but makes it function a bit more like a stationary machine instead of a handheld. No price available yet.

I’m not a big thermos person, but I liked these locking, flip-lid stainless steel travel mugs from Zojirushi.

If I could designate a Worst New Product Award, it would go to the Xpress Smartcup—a disposable French press. There’s nothing smart about making one of the biggest environmental issues in the coffee industry—disposable cups—and adding more plastic junk to the equation. Xpress has taken one of the most eco-friendly methods of brewing coffee and given it the finger.

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  • Reply Ernest 05/19/2011 at 12:39 am

    I can see what you mean about Xpress smartcup in regards to environmental issue, but I still think it was a really innovative way to brew coffee on the go. I don’t know commercialism for it, but I liked it.

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