A new kind of coffee shop, with a coffee machine that brews and then dispenses beer, opened up in New York City last month.
The coffee shop is called Blue Bottle Coffee and the machine, dubbed Aeropress Coffee, is a collaboration between the company and a brewery.
The concept is simple: You get your coffee and have it brewed and then you can enjoy it while you wait for your beer.
The machine does not make you wait.
You get to choose your beverage, which is made from the best local ingredients, and you can choose your brew level from “low” to “high.”
You get a free cup of coffee, too, at checkout.
The coffee shop’s website claims that this is the first coffee shop in New England to use Aeropressed coffee, which means the brew is not brewed with a drip coffee machine.
“I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and this is a real step toward getting there,” said Josh McKeown, co-founder of Blue Bottle, a New York-based brewpub and coffee shop.
“You have this huge opportunity for people to have coffee, get their fix, and then have it delivered to their doorstep.”
McKeown is a former brewmaster for a small brewing company in Maine, where he worked for 20 years.
He said Aeropresses were used for years as a way to bring customers back to their barista.
“It’s a great way to do it, it’s a big step, but it’s also a small step,” he said.
The Aeropressing method uses a drip system that mixes coffee beans in a kettle to extract their flavors.
But this new method doesn’t require the same amount of energy or the same equipment, and it requires less brewing time, according to Aeropressor’s website.
The company said it’s trying to make the process as simple as possible for its customers, who need a cup of joe for a meal.
“We have a couple of guys who use a coffee-based machine to brew coffee and they are not getting good coffee,” McKeever said.
“I thought, what if we just did it with a machine that does it in a way that’s as easy as possible?”
The Blue Bottle crew spent about two months making the machine.
The company has a manufacturing plant in Brooklyn that’s ready to begin production in the next few weeks, and McKeaven said they are also working on the Aeropression machines.
The process of brewing coffee and delivering it to customers is called aeropress brewing, and the company claims it can brew up to four cups of coffee per hour.
McKeaven believes Aeropressive is going to help make coffee more accessible and convenient for people, especially young people who can’t afford a full-time job.
“If you look at the cost of living for a lot of people in this country, it really doesn’t compare to the cost in the U.S.,” he said, adding that many of the people he knows who use the machine get a cup every morning, or they have their coffee delivered on a Sunday.
McKeever says that he expects to have 30,000 Aeroprinters in the United States in the first year, and that the company hopes to have a full product line in the fall.