While the modern kitchen grows smarter and smarter, the technology behind the coffee maker remains fairly rudimentary. A collaboration between Belkin and Mr. Coffee is aiming to change that. Together they've engineered a technology that allows users to control the brewing process remotely from their smartphones, using the WeMo app. The WeMo-enabled coffee maker is available now for $150.
Timer-activated coffee makers have been around for years, so it's almost hard to believe it took this long to make the device smart. Finally, Belkin made one from a partnership with Mr. Coffee, and it goes beyond scheduled brewing.
You can set the schedule up to a week in advance, and get push notifications when a fresh pot is ready. It brews at about 205 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can adjust the strength. You can also pause in the middle of the cycle in order to pour a cup.
At just under 15 inches tall, it takes up some counter real estate. At the rear, there is a space to hold the excess length of the 26.5-foot power cord.
The device has two physical buttons: one to start/stop the brewing or cleaning cycle, and another to link the machine to Wi-Fi. The rest of the interface is controlled via Belkin’s WeMo app.
The decanter holds up to ten cups of coffee and can keep the contents warm for two hours after brewing. The water container holds just over six cups worth.
At $150, you pay a premium for being able to control the device from your phone — for comparison, a regular programmable Mr. Coffee costs around $40. However, if you already have the WeMo system from Belkin, which allows users to control smart devices around their home, this is a logical extension.