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LEGO Coffee Makers

Astonishing Studios' 'LEGO Coffee Maker' Dispenses Starbucks Coffee

— November 7, 2016 — Life-Stages
Though coffee snobbery is all too common today, the makers at Astonishing Studios aren't taking the hot beverage too seriously, as their 'LEGO Coffee Maker' shows. The machine dispenses Starbucks coffee while being constructed almost completely from commercially available LEGO bricks and electronics.

The ingenious part of the LEGO Coffee Maker is its ability to create hot coffee without melting the plastic bricks. Rather than brewing the coffee within the machine, the LEGO Coffee Maker conducts a three-step process. First, it shoots a tablespoon of instant coffee mix directly into the cup, and then it pours in some room-temperature water. It then lowers a heating coil into the liquid, heating the coffee up in the cup rather than in the LEGO machine. This clever process makes a hot cup without damaging the LEGO.
Trend Themes
1. DIY Coffee Machines - Assembling coffee machines from ordinary materials, such as LEGO bricks, can offer consumers an affordable and innovative way to enjoy their favorite coffee at home.
2. Retrofuturism - Designing coffee machines that combine modern technology with nostalgic design elements can offer consumers a unique and compelling coffee experience.
3. Automated Coffee Preparation - Developing coffee machines that use robotics and automation to prepare high quality coffee in a quick and efficient manner can offer a competitive advantage to coffee shops and cafes.
Industry Implications
1. Home Appliances - Traditional home appliance manufacturers can explore opportunities to partner with popular toy brands, such as LEGO, to develop innovative and affordable DIY coffee machines.
2. Coffee Shops and Cafes - Coffee shops and cafes can invest in automated coffee machines that use robotics and automation to deliver consistent, high quality coffee to consumers.
3. Retail - Retail companies can leverage the growing trend of retrofuturism to develop coffee machines that combine modern technology with nostalgic design elements, appealing to consumers looking for unique and stylish home appliances.
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