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Roast, grind and brew coffee with BonaverdeThe Bonaverde Berlin wants to change how you drink your coffee. Add green coffee beans, scan an RFID tag and the machine does the rest.
[MUSIC] We all know the saying fresh is best for food, but it also applies to coffee. This is the Bonaverde Berlin, an all-in-one roaster, grinder and coffeemaker that went gangbusters on crowdfunding platforms. To use the machine, you need to buy green coffee beans that come inside this special pouch. A sticker with an RFID tag tells the machine how to roast them. Fill up the water reservoir, adjust the grind with this wheel, then put the beans in the top tray. Depending on the beans, the roasting process can take around eight minutes, and all of your coffee should be ready in 15 to 20 minutes. And because this is a video, you can't smell what's going on, but trust me, it's strong. There is a replaceable HEPA filter that does dampen part of the odor. This is the first time that I've had freshly roasted and ground coffee beans. I can definitely taste a difference from a regular cup of coffee. It is most fragrant and it feels a lot smoother to drink. But, there are some caveats. First is price, which is set by the coffee grower. That's in the range of $1 to $5 per pouch, which gets you around six to ten small cups of coffee. In the future, there will be the capacity to use your own beans and an app to tell your machine how to roast them. Then, there's availability. The company is shipping beta units this year to backers in Germany and Europe. But if you're in the US, you'll need to put down a $20 reservation to hold the machine. They're expecting to ship them in December 2017 or January 2018 for $1000 [MUSIC].