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First look: Prisma makes cold-brew coffee in 10 minutes flat

Caitlin McGarry | Aug. 3, 2016
GE Appliances and FirstBuild are back with another crowdfunded appliance. This time, it's a futuristic coffee machine.

Prisma is FirstBuild’s third product, after a sous vide induction cooktop which is already shipping, and an ice maker that starts shipping soon.

Eventually, FirstBuild’s app will be compatible with Prisma via Bluetooth, so you’ll be able to program recipes for your preferred coffee-brewing pressure and time in app without fussing with the machine.

I enjoyed the taste of Prisma’s cold brew when I saw the machine in action at a demo in New York last month, although its retail price point is a little high at $300. My Bonavita coffee maker was less than half that price, and I can cool the coffee to room temp and throw some ice in it if I’m desperate. (Obviously, it doesn’t taste as good.) But this is a product clearly targeting early adopters and hardcore coffee aficionados. Indiegogo backers will get a discount of up to 20 percent off, and FirstBuild expects to start shipping the product in September 2017.

 

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