Coffee is a drink people take seriously, and go to great lengths in order to achieve the perfect cup. Bonaverde, the Kickstarter phenom that took its sweet time coming to market, is betting that freshness will be its key to success.
While many coffee devices out there will give you exact control over water temperature, or grind size, Bonaverde’s pitch is that you need to take it back to the bean. A raw, green coffee bean, to be more precise. The Berlin is an all-in-one device that roasts, grinds and brews your coffee. The idea being that the sooner you brew the coffee after its roasted, the fresher and better it will taste.
But that freshness has a price. The Berlin is $800, requires a RFID-tagged pouch of green coffee beans to even work, and takes about 20 minutes to deliver your first cup of coffee. Update: As a commenter points out, there is an app (available via Facebook Messenger) that will let you roast any green bean. This option was not mentioned in the materials we received.
So, is it worth it? That’s for you to decide. To help, we put a Berlin through its paces. You can watch our video of the Bonaverde Berlin in action below: