Pico U. Brew Everything. (Canceled)
Brew beyond craft beer with a single appliance that crafts coffee, tea, kombucha, dry soda, fusion, energy, and health drinks.
(Note: As of June 8th, this project has been postponed. See the updates section for more information.)
With four wildly-successful Kickstarter campaigns under our belt (thanks for that!) we've perfected the technology to brew beer in the convenience of your own home. Making craft beer more accessible has always been our mission, but now, we’re going beyond beer. Get ready to make your wildest brewing dreams come true!
Meet Pico U, the world's first universal brewing machine. Pico U is a smart and compact brewing appliance that makes it easy to create your favorite craft beverages: From your first cup of coffee or tea in the morning to a kombucha or yerba mate afternoon pick-me-up to delicious pints of fresh craft beer as your end-of-day treat. Imagine sipping on an ice-cold black rice horchata or a crisp lemon cilantro dry soda that you created yourself. Pico U lets you brew just about anything!
You just can't buy beverages as fresh as the ones you’ll make using your Pico U in your own kitchen—and that's what we love about the Pico U. If you can dream it, you can drink it!
With the full-size step filter and 5-liter stainless steel brew keg, Pico U is ready to make delicious batches of craft beer. Load the PicoPak of your choice, add water, press the button, and you’re brewing!
Our newly-designed, pour-over basket turns your Pico into the ideal way to brew a perfect cup of coffee! Using your own fresh grounds, select your brew style and amount, and a fresh cup of coffee is just 90 seconds away.
Brew a refreshing pitcher of iced horchata, ginger lemon kombucha, citrus dry soda, yerba mate chai tea, vanilla cocoa cold brew, golden milk, and more with the Pico U! With the 1-liter glass Bruet and Mini Step Filter, you can brew practically any drink with our new PicoPak Mini recipe kits. Load a PicoPak Mini, connect the Bruet, and the Pico U can smartly brew a wide array of unique beverages.
PicoPaks are fully compostable ingredient bundles designed to make an array of perfectly brewed beverages every time. Easily order your Paks online and they show up at your door, ready to brew!
We've partnered with hundreds of breweries from around the world to recreate their recipes so that you can enjoy world-class craft beer in your own home. Believe us, you will never get bored!
Creating your own recipes is easy with our online custom recipe crafter. You can choose from various hops, grains, and special ingredients to design your own tasty recipes! Our full-size PicoPaks are made for brewing beer and larger batches of beverages like cold brew coffee and kombucha. Our PicoPak Minis are perfect for smaller batches of fusion beverages like flavored coffee and health drinks.
Good for the planet
At PicoBrew, we believe that convenience shouldn't come with an environmental cost. So, in designing the PicoPak, we knew plastic pods weren’t going to cut it. Our PicoPaks are biodegradable handmade ingredient kits made from 100% bagasse (sugar cane husk pulp) and completely compostable!
PicoPaks you can pour your heart (and ingredients) into
For those of you who know how to craft a recipe and like to keep your own ingredients on hand, our Use Your Own Ingredients Starter Kit gives you the creative freedom you’ve been thirsting for! Choose your own grains and hops to test a new beer recipe or re-create one of your old favorites.
Each kit has everything you need to create delicious brews crafted for your personal palette. You’ll get 5 PicoPaks (5 Hops Paks + 5 Mash Bins), 5 PicoPak Minis (5 Hops Paks ), reusable dividers, stainless steel clamps, small and large sachets for your adjuncts, mineral packets (gypsum, calcium chloride), and Pico bittering hops. Kits can be use on any Pico model, including Pico U, as well as Pico C/S/Pro.
How it works
1. Start with our Beer Editor to choose from a library of recipes, create your own recipe, or import an existing BeerXML recipe.
2. Add your grains to the mash bin and place your hops/adjuncts in the Hops Pak.
3. Clip on your PicoPak lid, place your PicoPak in the Step Filter, and hit brew!
To beer and beyond
Pico U backers can go beyond beer recipes, unlocking endless beverage possibilities with PicoPack Minis. Add a hint of vanilla or cocoa to your coffee, extra ginger for a spicy chai, or a pop of lavender to your dry soda. You’re in control with full flavor freedom.
Buy more Paks when you’re ready
When you’re ready to brew more, we’ll have empty PicoPaks and PicoPak Minis for purchase on our website. Brew how you want as much as you want—we won’t stop you!
We’re leveraging our patented precision brewing technology to create the world’s first universal craft beverage brewing appliance. Here’s a look behind the scenes:
Temperature on Demand
Pico U creates rich and flavorful beverages using precise temperature control. The thermal block takes water from the reservoir and brings it from room temp up to a customizable temperature. Water is distributed evenly over the top of the coffee, first blooming the grounds, then completing the brew for perfect results every time.
When you load a PicoPak or PicoPak Mini into your Pico U, it sends the brewing mixture to the right place at the right time to accurately follow your preprogrammed recipe. The Pico U's multi-flow-manifold allows second-to-second control of what ingredients get infused into the brew.
With up to 4 stages in one recipe, Pico U can use high heat and flow rates to extract rich flavors, and then mellow things out to tease out subtle aromas without overheating delicate ingredients.
This powerful feature enables a multi-stage hops boil while brewing beer, and empowers a world of creativity when brewing fusion beverages from infused coffees and teas to kombucha and beyond.
Better Beer Through Technology
When you connect your keg and start brewing one of your own craft beer creations, or one of our award winning PicoPaks, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Powerful pumps and heating elements sanitize internal components and bring the water up to temperature, while an array of sensors monitor the process. An onboard processor maintains the heartbeat of the brew and connects to your online account to make sure all parts of the process are accurately delivered, just how you ordered them.
Meet Our Brewery Partners
Our brewery partners inspire us every day! We’re proud to partner with award-winning breweries and help them share their best beers with new audiences from around the world.
With Pico, you're not only brewing award-winning recipes from all over the globe, you're brewing them on award-winning equipment. PicoBrew has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors including 3 CES Innovation Awards, an IFA Best of Show, multiple Editor's Choice picks, and more. We've received so many awards in fact, that Fast Company recently named PicoBrew as the 10th Most Innovative Food Company in the World! Speaking of innovation, we have 5 patents on our technology and 12 additional patents pending.
We founded PicoBrew in 2010 with the vision of democratizing craft beer by allowing anyone to brew delicious craft beer, leveraging the expertise of the craft beer community. In 2013, we launched the world's first fully automatic all-grain beer brewing appliance, the PicoBrew Zymatic. After two more years of hard work we launched the PicoBrew Pico (Model S), the world's first true consumer countertop craft beer appliance, and invented the PicoPak compostable grains and hops recipe pack, as well as partnerships with hundreds of craft brewers around the world. In 2017, we unleashed our simplest and most affordable craft brewing appliance, the Pico Model C, which built on 7 years of pioneering and leadership in the craft beer space. This past year, we launched the Z Series, a professional-grade, all-grain brewing appliance line for professional brewers.
This is our fifth Kickstarter, and we’ve got nothing but love for our Kickstarter backers! You have helped provide funding and validation for our brewing innovation since Day 1. You’ve helped steer the feature sets of our products, our approach to customer support, and how we run our company. Thank you, backers!
PicoBrew is a team of 57 dedicated craft beer lovers and technologists (in that order) who cut their teeth in various respectable roles at big companies, but decided it was much better to work for a small company and make products that make people happy. We love delicious craft beverages and we love giving you the tools you need to make your own beverage magic.
Risks and challenges
Our business centers on bringing the craft brewing experience home to you in the form of great-looking products that perform in unique ways. We self-manufactured our first two (Kickstarter-backed) products, the Zymatic and KegSmarts, so we have experienced the trials and tribulations of bringing complex products to market by ourselves. Since our first Pico model, we’ve been working with one of the world’s leading contract manufacturers. We’ve learned how to design for manufacture, build stringent factory tests, manage demand, and scale quickly. Even so, risks remain:
MANUFACTURING: We’re doing some novel things to reduce cost, like designing and building our own low pressure brewing kegs with custom hose connectors. We’ve gotten pretty good at working with our factories to bring unique new products to market, but there are always manufacturing schedule risks for any product.
FULFILLMENT: We experienced some challenges in shipping Zymatic, Kegsmarts, Pico, and Picopaks though our shipping partners—shipping large heavy packages and keeping the contents safe from us to you is not easy. Fortunately, we have learned a lot about how to make this work, but getting products in volume fulfilled worldwide is still non-trivial.
INTERNATIONAL: Getting government regulatory approval for worldwide products remains a challenge, and again, part of the reason for partnering with Flex is that they’re really good at this.
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