In this age of high-end coffee, every trip to the café is a theater experience. We watch the barista measure out the coffee on a digital scale and check the temperature of the water. We stare as the rivulet of steaming water is then poured from the swan-necked kettle, evenly coating the ground beans in a ritual that ends with the perfect cup of joe.
Is it even possible to repeat this ritual at home? Is the average Joe capable of brewing a first-class cup of java?
Of course, says Jeremy Kuempel, an M.I.T.-trained engineer who has devoted much of the last decade to the design and invention of new coffee technologies for the home. The epiphany happened the first time he brewed a cup in his dorm room: “I took a sip and it just was, ‘Wow!’ Why does this taste bigger and better?’”
His company, Brisbane-based Blossom Coffee, works with Blue Bottle Coffee, Chromatic Coffee and other brands to…