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Ikawa Home Roaster is an app-controlled home coffee machine


Ikawa Home Roaster
Your morning pick-me-up

This is one of the most versatile coffee machines we've seen. It gives you control back over how you make your coffee and can be controlled using an app on your phone too.

The Ikawa Home Roaster takes green coffee beans, which – according to the manufacturers – stay fresh a lot longer than regular beans. So you can source beans from wherever you want, and make sure you're getting the freshest cup of coffee possible.

It also lets you experiment with how you make your brew. You can try a light roast to bring out the citrus and floral flavours, or a longer toast to get more of the sweetness.

It includes a cyclone to do away with waste so the roaster never becomes blocked. If that sounds like something James Dyson would come up with, you're not far wrong – it has his support.

You can control the roaster through an app for both Android and iOS. Enter which type of beans you have and it'll suggest how to roast them to get the best results. But of course you can experiment yourself, making it hotter, cooler, longer etc to see what flavours you can get.

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Stumbled across the perfect cup? You can upload your recipe and share it with others through the app. And you can download others' (and pass them off as your own).

It's approaching its £80,000 funding goal and still has 25 days to go. The machine can be yours for £500, and will ship in February next year.

Steve Edwards

May 6, 2015, 1:39 pm

It's a coffee roaster, not a 'coffee machine', but no problem to those who already have brewing devices..
I'm quite interested, but I two questions come to my mind; a) Will the 50g roasting capacity be sufficient for our household, and b) how much smoke is generated during the roasting. I don't mind roasting every day if necessary, but could do without filling the kitchen with smoke as it doesn't seem to offer a way to duct the exhaust..
That said, this looks to be an elegant solution for roasting small batches at home.


May 6, 2015, 9:23 pm

A very nice looking appliance. I don't think I've seen a machine that roasts, grinds, and filters coffee. But I would be interested. However, after reading some of the horror stories in a recent Trusted Reviews article of kickstarter projects that were either stuck in limbo, under performed, or just plain failed (to the investors loss), I would be very wary of investing £500. Now, if someone like Krups came along, saw viability and potential, partnered with them or bought them out, kept the look and size, and released at the £300 - £400 mark, then I would buy one like a shot.

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