There’s a well-known link between writers and their coffee. Lots of jokes about it. Lots of serious discussions too. But it’s not just (some) writers who love a cup of joe first thing in the morning – or in the afternoon… or late at night (deadlines!); it is the UK’s most popular hot drink, beating even our once traditional cuppa. Tea may be making a resurgence, but it has a long way to go before it catches up with coffee.
Especially now that the Nespresso Prodigio has arrived. This incredible piece of tech actually links to your Smartphone (Android or iPhone) via Bluetooth, and when it does you can completely control it – and make the perfect mug of coffee. Nespresso Prodigio lets you control when your coffee will start brewing, how it brews (the strength you want), and how much coffee you want to make. And you don’t even need to be in the same room.
So what do you need to do exactly? Well your job is to feed the thing. Keep it topped up with water (don’t worry, it will tell you via your mobile when it’s getting low) and coffee capsules (which, when you run out, you can order through your phone as easily as that). Look after it and it will produce you a nice, fresh cup of coffee whenever you want one.
And although that sounds like a fun, novel way of making coffee… is it really? It’s basically a remote control for your coffee pot. Is it necessary? No, absolutely not. Is it going to be popular? Oh yes. Definitely yes. Tech geeks and gadget lovers will rejoice in this piece of wizardry that will save you a whole few seconds off your coffee making routine.
For me, I’m not so sure. There is something so very comforting about the routine of making coffee in the morning. Get up, switch on laptop, set the emails downloading, head downstairs to feed the cats, fill the coffee maker with water and that nice coffee from Waitrose, push the button, head back upstairs to make a start… And then, 15 minutes later, remember the coffee and go and grab a cup.
I can’t help but think that tapping an app isn’t going to be quite as satisfying.