The GINA Smart Coffee Instrument is brought to you by the makers of the Goat Story coffee mug, arguably the coolest coffee mug ever invented. Three years after the successful crowdfunding of their unique coffee mug that is shaped like a horn, Goat Story is back with yet another successfully crowdfunded project. This time, they have set their sights much higher with a smart coffee machine that offers 3 different types of brewing methods, all controlled with an online app.
The first thing that caught our eye is the design of the GINA Smart Coffee Instrument itself. This is not a piece of equipment that you want to hide behind the kitchen counter. This is designed to be displayed and admired by you and your guests. The design is so unusual, it will be the center conversation piece regardless if one is a coffee lover or not. It is not surprising that the GINA Smart Coffee Instrument is a winner of the Red Dot Design Award 2018.
The GINA Smart Coffee Instrument is not one of those high tech coffee machines that does everything for you. In fact, it uses very manual methods to brew your coffee. The technology employed by the instrument allows you to have full control over the brewing parameters such as the weight of coffee used, the precise water ratio and the drip rate. Hardware wise, it does include a built-in weighing scale and Bluetooth communication.
The GINA Smart Coffee Instrument supports 3 different coffee brewing methods – pour over, immersion and cold drip. The included app comes with step-by-step instructions on how to brew coffee using the different methods.
Newbies can start by following the instructions and recipes given and shared by other GINA users. It won’t magically brew the best cup of coffee you ever tasted. If you don’t like the coffee that you brewed, just change the parameters to try and improve the taste. You are actually encouraged to experiment and play around with the parameters to create your own favorite version of your coffee. Once perfected, you can share your creations with others.
The GINA Smart Coffee Instrument is not a do-all coffee machine that automatically brews the perfect cuppa for you. You can probably use a much cheaper piece of equipment that produces the same results. What it excels at is to allow you to produce a good cup of coffee consistently because of the built in measuring tools and controls it provides. It also allows you to faithfully duplicate someone else’s shared recipe which we think is the GINA’s strongest selling point.
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