Morning Machine: Coffee capsules get a stamp of approval from the pioneers of artisanal coffee in Singapore
There are fewer things on the food chart that are more convoluted and at times, controversial than coffee — just ask any barista at your favourite café. Since the introduction of artisanal coffee — or some would like to dub 'third-wave' — on our shores, the morning cup of joe has held varying definitions, which can easily boil down to a matter of taste and perspective.
But what we didn't see coming was this upcoming release: a capsule machine, named Morning Machine, created by Leon Foo, founder of PPP Coffee (previously known as Papa Palheta) and Andre Chanco, founder of Yardstick Coffee in Manila. Both of whom are pioneers of the specialty coffee industry in Asia. Purveyors of fresh bean-to-cup who have granted us copious cups of espressos and hand-brews are now turning to convenience in pods, which frankly, only affirms the notion that capsule coffee doesn't mean compromising on your cup's quality. Or at least, this machine wouldn't never let that happen. It's a product that unifies purists and amateurs — one that managed to reach its funding goal within two days on Kickstarter.
"Convenience coffee in the pod format has been increasing steadily over the past decade and this was followed with a notable rise of better coffee in pods. From barista champions to world renowned artisanal roasters, they are making pods. They bring along their idiosyncrasies and styles of the sourcing and roasting into the pods, this leads to a whole new range of discovery and choice for consumers. The taste profiles of capsule coffee just got more interesting," says Foo.
The Morning Machine looks every bit like the svelte homebody to play into the accents of your kitchen countertops — surmised in a matte black finish. But of course, there's more to it. Marshalled with a built-in scale and pressure profiling — a first for coffee capsule machines — the Morning Machine also comprises of PID temperature controls, to enable precision and variability to aficionados who know what they're gunning for. On the convenience camp, there are barista controls and recipe functions programmed within. You can also tweak the parameters that affect the cup, to which coffee brewers at home should be familiar with. Chanco adds: "Another exciting feature is that the machine is always 'connected'. Whether it's via the app or the firmware in the machine, we can always update features based on the feedback of our users and also provide incremental updates over time."
While they've made this compatible with Nespresso capsules, you can find their own to savour on their website, with up to 30 variants of pods from 12 different roasters across the globe. The selection will also be rotated quarterly.