In 1920, MIT professor Samuel Cate Prescott established a laboratory dedicated to brewing the perfect cup of coffee; today, an MIT mechanical engineer aims to make an even better brew.
Jeremy Kuempel ’10, founder of Blossom Coffee, began his coffee experiments while still a student at MIT. Years later, his efforts have resulted in the Blossom One Brewer. This high-tech brewing device uses coffee filters made of laboratory-grade filtration paper and medical-grade tubing; its specialized operating system automatically adjusts for changes in altitude and barometric pressure, dispenses water within a single degree Farenheit, and feedback control software keeps water at the optimal temperature throughout the brewing process.
Kuempel compares his quest to capture the unique flavor profile of every coffee bean to physicists’ search for the Higgs Boson particle. “They look at the space of subatomic particles and they can predict where they’re going to find them, but then they say, ‘Well in order to test this, we need to create these unique conditions that allow these particles to appear,’ and thus they build the large hadron collider.”
Kuempel is marketing his Blossom One to cafes across the country. He believes that soon, such “high-definition-brewed coffee” will be sought after in the same way wine aficionados clamor for special vintages.
Learn more about Blossom at its website, and in a recent Fast Company article.
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