BRUVELO: Smart, WiFi-Connected Pour-Over Coffee Brewer.
BRUVELO: Smart, WiFi-Connected Pour-Over Coffee Brewer.
The Bruvelo is a smart, WiFi connected coffee brewer which automates the timeless tradition of a fine handcrafted coffee.
The Bruvelo is a smart, WiFi connected coffee brewer which automates the timeless tradition of a fine handcrafted coffee. Read more
About this project
Have you ever noticed the dramatic difference between the delicious coffee you get at a fine coffeehouse and the mediocre coffee you drink at home? Amazing coffee is the result when fresh roasted beans are brewed to perfection, with keen attention paid to every step - water quality, grinding, measuring, blooming, heating and steeping.
Inspired by the timeless tradition of handcrafted coffee and modeled after the skills of a well-trained barista, Bruvelo was built to be simple, smart, and to do one thing - extremely well.
Whether you want to easily brew an amazing cup of coffee with a push of a button or want complete control over every detail, Bruvelo will allow you to enjoy fine, handcrafted, pour-over coffee in the comfort of your own home.
Amazing Coffee. Amazingly Easy.
The Bruvelo has three built-in 'Flavor Profiles', each bringing out unique characteristics of the beans with just the push of a button.
Choose between Delicate, Balanced and Robust and the Bruvelo will automatically adjust the grind and brew settings to bring out the delicate flavors and aromas locked inside the grounds. It's amazing how different the same bean can taste when brewed with different ratios and steep times. Go on, experiment, and enjoy the wonderful complexities of various beans from all over the world!
Complete Control with WiFi + App
If you'd like complete control over the brewing process, connect the Bruvelo to WiFi and use the mobile app to create Recipes.
Recipes control temperature, ground-to-water ratio and steep time for a particular bean. Once created, Recipes automatically appear on the Bruvelo where you can easily brew your favorite beans, just the way you like, with a simple tap.
Whether you simply want a cup of great coffee, or want complete control over every detail... enjoy a smooth, perfectly balanced cup of coffee… with the push of a button.
To create the Bruvelo, we focused on all of the individual parts of a coffee maker, optimizing each to ensure the best cup of coffee with every brew. Then we made sure they all work well in delicious harmony.
Great coffee starts with fresh ground beans. The removable built-in ceramic burr grinder grinds just the right amount of beans based on your Flavor Profile or the Recipe you're brewing.
In addition, the grinder has been set to work in perfect harmony with the rest of the Bruvelo. The grind particle sizes are in perfect balance with the steep times and filter pore sizes. This ensures an incredible taste that you just won't find in a regular coffee maker.
Ground-to-water ratios are extremely important to a great tasting cup of coffee. A difference of just half a gram of beans can make a very noticeable difference in how the coffee tastes.
A weigh scale built into the Bruvelo has an accuracy of just 0.1g (a truly amazing accomplishment in itself!). No more weighing beans or guessing about the number of scoops. The result is a perfectly smooth, perfectly balanced cup of coffee, every time.
Say goodbye to using expensive bottled water when brewing your favorite cup of joe. The Bruvelo filters great tasting water using a coconut shell carbon block water filter.
The water filter in the Bruvelo is an ANSI/NSF Particulate Class III carbon block water filter that's been formulated to pass NSF 42 certifications. In other words, it creates really, really great tasting water. Why is this important? Coffee is about 98% water. You got to start with quality water if you want quality coffee.
Proper brew temperatures might seem like a boring detail, but in reality, it’s really really important when it comes to extracting all the subtle flavors and aromas from the grounds. Between 195⁰F and 205⁰F is generally the best brewing temperature, but we’ve found 199⁰F to be ideal for most beans. The Bruvelo maintains 199⁰F throughout the entire brew process. No detail is too boring when it comes to great coffee.
Like your coffee brewed at a specific temperature? Connect it to WiFi and use the mobile app to brew your coffee, at the temperature you love.
The Bruvelo uses a standard 01 paper coffee filter to ensure a clean, smooth taste and a wonderful mouth feel. Simply fold the filter and drop it into the brew chamber and the Bruvelo takes the extra step to pre-rinse the filter before the brewing begins… this not only pre-heats internal components, but ensures that the only thing you taste in the cup, is coffee. Pure, unadulterated coffee.
As any great barista will tell you (and even your casual coffee connoisseur) it’s important to aerate the grounds just before brewing. Aerating the grounds prepares them for optimal extraction. This is typically called the “bloom phase”, and the Bruvelo blooms like nobody’s business.
Everything about the Bruvelo, both inside and out, has been designed with quality, and the coffee, in mind. For instance, on the exterior we've chosen quality extruded aluminum for the towers to ensure a solid structure, look and feel. The base is glass with a capacitive touch screen console (it's like tapping on your cell phone!).
On the inside, we've chosen an extremely accurate and reliable peristaltic pump for water transfer. This is not only very quiet, but extremely accurate in water measurements. In addition, we've chosen every material that comes into contact with the water or coffee with great care, and chosen only materials that will not impart any unwanted flavors or aromas.
Speaking of being quiet, the grinder motor is one of the quietest we've tested. Plus, the use of a ceramic burr grinder does an excellent job of managing heat buildup during grinding - which protects the delicate oils which are so important in the coffee's taste.
(One thing to note, the copper heating coil you see in the pictures is a prototype coil. In production the heating element will be silver - and much more beautiful!).
Being an avid coffee lover, I was pretty excited when my old drip coffee maker broke. Unable to find a new one that could replicate what I could brew by hand - I set out to build one with the simple goal of automating my morning ritual.
I remember thinking… “This should be easy! I should have it done by the weekend!”. And so the journey began.
After about 6 months of testing various temperatures, ratios, grind settings, steep times and filter pore sizes (that worked with a majority of beans), I was ready to start automating the whole thing.
Wanting to make it a little more presentable, design of something more aesthetically pleasing began.
After working out a few usability kinks - CAD prototyping and mechanical engineering began. Valuable partnerships where formed with some of the best electrical, mechanical and design engineers I could find. In addition, water quality, manufacturing and material experts provided valuable guidance.
Over eighteen months later - and after many, many prototypes (& gallons of coffee!), version 1 was complete. Great tasting water, pre-rinsed coffee filter, grinding, blooming and brewing with perfect temps and ratios... all with a push of a button!
But most of all - the coffee is *amazing*!
WiFi connectivity and a mobile app were added enabling hardcore coffee connoisseurs complete control over the brew process. Suddenly beans of all types, and from all regions of the world, were being brewed using the parameters that brought out the best in that particular bean.
After taking the Bruvelo as far as I could financially, I found myself at a crossroads. I could continue working my day job (at one of the best jobs I’ve ever had btw), or I could take a chance on my passion.
In the end, I’d rather pour my heart into this… and give it all I’ve got… than to be 85 and wonder “What if?”
That’s the story of Bruvelo so far… and it’s just the beginning. And I’d love to have you along for the ride.
Here’s to pursuing your dreams!
The dramatic difference between coffee from a fine coffee house and what comes from your average coffee maker just fascinates me. Several years ago I set out to solve this great mystery in life. One of the things I discovered during my quest is the Coffee Brewing Control Chart.
The 'Coffee Brewing Control Chart' represents the relationship between strength, extraction and the ground-to-water ratios. When used along with a coffee refractometer you can essentially measure how well coffee has been brewed (gross simplification - but you get the point). When these three variables come to together, the results are simply amazing. And it doesn't happen when you simply heat up water and pour it over an arbitrary amount of grounds.
Building a coffee maker that makes it easy to brew the caliber of coffee you'd typically only get when brewing it by hand has been the driving principal at Bruvelo.
And we couldn't be happier to share the incredible taste of a wonderful cup of coffee with you.
Here's a little "less polished" video (shown in the Week #3 Update), but I wanted to show an end-to-end running of the Bruvelo...
As of October 1st 2014 we've completed the final prototype which has been designed for manufacturability. We’re continuing to make refinements to ensure quality and ease of manufacturing and assembly. With your support we’ll be able to complete certifications and order tooling and raw materials - and ultimately bring the Bruvelo to market!
WHAT WE'RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON: We're heads down in software code at the moment. We're also testing new materials for the base-plate (immediately under the brew chamber where the cup sits) to ensure it's as durable as possible.
A FEW THINGS TO NOTE: The copper heating coil you see in the pictures is a prototype coil. In production the heating element will be silver - much more beautiful!
We're also investigating a lid for the bean hopper and water carafe. As a backer, we'd love your thoughts on this subject!
Risks and challenges
To minimize the risk to you, I’ve personally funded the design and development of (multiple) prototypes as well as IoT and mobile development. This has enabled me to work through major functionality, usability, design and implementation challenges up front.
But as with any complex project there are inherent challenges, the major ones we see that could impact timelines are:
We’ve been working with a leading independent electrical testing and certification lab throughout our design and prototyping, and feel confident about the certification process going smoothly. We've accounted for additional iteration and testing in our timeline and are prepared to make design tweaks and adjustments during this phase if necessary.
We’ve designed the Bruvelo to be easily manufactured and assembled from the beginning (and in a cost effective manner). The version shown in the pictures and videos is the DFM (design for manufacturability). The materials and components will not only perform well, but will keep the Bruvelo within an affordable price point. But there’s a risk in the tooling and manufacturing process that might cause the design to change slightly. If too many of these occur, it could cause delays in shipping. But you’ll be made aware of what we’re doing every step of the way if any of these scenarios occur.
As a matter of fact, we'd be happy to share these things with you, our valuable backers, and get your feedback!
We’ve chosen to use third-party fulfillment services (think Amazon Fulfillment Services, Shipwire, etc) to handle warehousing and drop shipping. Ironing out smooth interactions between suppliers, manufacturers, warehousing, drop shipping and front-end ordering systems will take a lot of work and coordination. To minimize the possibility of any setback impacting the entire process, I’m working closely with folks who have “been there before” to ensure we do everything we can to bring the Bruvelo into your kitchen as smoothly and quickly as possible.
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