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If you have a single-cup coffee maker* like a pour-over cone
Aeropress, you still need a coffee grinder and something to
the water. This idea combines those into a space-saving kit.
- A flat, circular base, 4-6 inches around, that plugs into an AC
provides power to the other parts.
- A coffee grinder just large enough to quickly grind (an
amount of coffee appropriate for a single cup - see el_dueno
annotation and my reply of 1/3/22). This is likely to be two
ounces or less.
- An insulated container with heating element adequate to
8-12 ounces of water to a boil in a couple of minutes.
You'd place each of those items on the power base separately.
Probably grind the beans first, then set up everything else on
your coffee press while waiting for the water to boil.
Overall they'd need much less space on your kitchen counter -
or office desk - or in your luggage - than a full sized grinder
kettle. To save space, the grinder could be stored inside the
heating container when not in use.
If this idea seems too practical and unfunny for the
feel free to picture it with lasers or nuclear powered heating
* This excludes single-cup hotel-room drip machines, as well
Keurig and other "shitty tasting brown water makers."
Half litre electric kettle
Like this type of kettle plus a separate grinder that could be powered by the same base, and stored inside the kettle when not in use. [a1, Jan 01 2022]
||(Disclaimer: I'm not a coffee drinker, so I don't really get the "can't
function unless blood is 25% caffeine" mentality...)
Having all the bits separate & using the same power base means
you need to put the "other" bits somewhere while one is powered,
taking up more valuable bench space.
I would stack everything vertically: grinder on top, press under,
boiler under that, cup at the bottom.
||All-in-one thingies such as you describe exist, but they don't
work very well and are hard to maintain. Not especially
compact, either. The kit I'm describing would still
have a size advantage compared to my Baratza Sette and the
smallest electric kettle I can find.
||I like the idea of having a grinder/coffee maker in one unit.
What I don't like with this particular invention is that it
describes the ability to grind 1 oz or 2 oz of coffee. This
limitation would not include grinding any quantity less than 1
oz, or any quantity within 1 oz and 2 oz or anything quantity
above 2 oz.
||[el dueno] I think it should be possible to game the system by, for example, adding a pebble or something to the hopper that would displace some of the beans but would be too big to fit down to the grinder (a bit like putting a brick in your toilet cistern); or by pulling the plug halfway through the grinding cycle; or by having a little tin on the counter top next to this contraption into which you can surreptitiously transfer a small amount of the grinds before they are ejected into the brewing device.
||// I don't like with this particular invention is that
describes the ability to grind 1 oz or 2 oz of coffee
||I shall edit the description to reflect the ability to
volume of coffee up to an approximate weight of
ounces, without the need to place pebbles in the
lieu of actual coffee beans.
||As for getting an exact weight without also having
to pack a
scale in your luggage ... hmmm, I guess you'd need
at least once. Weigh beans of your favorite roast
individually, adding one bean at a time and
keeping track of
how many it takes to fill the grinder. Work out an
weight per bean.
Then in the future you would just have to count an
appropriate number of beans into the grinder each
you used it.
||Alternately, the grinder could have markings inside
container for approximate weights or volumes.
Not as interesting, that