Is this the best way to wake up in the morning, ever?
Words by Amy Wakeham
Struggling to get up? This could change that
Struggled to get out of bed this morning? You’re not the only one. A survey has shown 62 per cent of Brits need between 15 minutes and an hour to feel themselves after waking up. Which is not ideal if you need to be up and out the door with no time to spare, ready to tackle the day’s challenges head on.
But what if there was an ingenious solution that could get you up and out of bed fully caffeinated and ready to face the day? A young London-based product designer, Joshua Renouf, has come up with a pretty cool invention that does just that. Enter the Barisieur. With a design that sounds like something out of a 1960s sci-fi film, he’s created an alarm clock-cum-coffee machine that you can programme the night before to brew a fresh cup of coffee as you wake, meaning you’ll awaken to the soothing sounds of bubbling water, and the delicious smell of freshly brewed coffee.
Renouf was inspired by iconic vinyl record players when it came to designing the Barisieur, resulting in a design-led gadget that won’t look out of place in even the most stylish of apartments. In a choice of walnut or rubberwood trays, topped with scientific borosilicate glassware on top and black or white mid-century inspired bases, the Barisieur has pleasing retro-meets-modern feel. Its simple design is intended to make your mornings that much easier, limiting the amount of complex technology you have to deal with first thing in the day.
Despite this, the stylish, vintage-inspired exterior of the Barisieur houses some pretty cutting-edge technology. An induction coil is used to boil the water efficiently and safely in the glassware, which is then magically piped through the filter using steam pressure. Meanwhile, the milk container in the base is cooled at 3°C due to the integrated cooler, which detects if milk is present with an infrared sensor. There’s also a sealed drawer for keeping your coffee beans fresh (or tea leaves – whichever is your caffeine fix of choice). Finally, there’s a retro digital display that tells the time and acts as an alarm clock, which dims in low lit environments due to the integrated diode.
While the Barisieur doesn’t promise to make the rest of your day any easier, it certainly does simplify those first precious few moments in the morning. Meaning you’ll start your day more relaxed, refreshed and ready to tackle any ups and downs in a much better frame of mind. Mr Renouf – we salute you.