Writers run on caffeine

This is a prevalent stereotype, but a self-perpetuating one as writers talk about how many cups of coffee they drank while drafting their manuscript, or cozying up with a book and some tea.

I would like to share my experience with a product called the Barisieur. I am not getting paid for this opinion, I’m just stupidly excited about it.

The Barisieur:

For some people, it might be a hard sell for a coffeemaker that costs $440 (£345), makes a single cup of coffee, and doesn’t steam your milk or make espresso automatically.

But the Barisieur is not intended to be just a coffeemaker. It is an alarm clock that brews you a cup of coffee to start your day.

“Why do I need that? I have a smartphone with an alarm and a $50 coffeemaker with a timer will make me a full pot of coffee.”

How often do you forget to set your coffeepot in your kitchen before going in to bed, then decide it’s too much effort to go back out? The Barisieur sits on your nightstand and reminds you that you have a device that will WAKE YOU UP WITH COFFEE. You will go back out to the kitchen to grab the cup and filter funnel you washed and set aside that morning, if you haven’t already brought them back to your room.

The best part of this invention is that it has an option to start 5 minutes before the alarm goes off, which incidentally is the same amount of time it takes to boil the water. So the alarm rings, you shut it off, and immediately hear the hiss of escaping steam as the pressure in the boiling vessel pushes the water through the system. The sound of your cup filling is accompanied by the glorious aroma of freshly brewed coffee. If you aren’t awake by now, a series of three beeps signals the end of the brewing cycle. Sure, you can snooze some more, but… now your coffee is starting to cool.

Speaking of cool, the Barisieur also has a peltier chiller that will keep a small bottle of milk or creamer cold overnight. I have not personally tested this as I tend to prefer black coffee. It seems to hold a large volume of milk/creamer relative to the volume of coffee. It also has a drawer and scoop to keep ground coffee in the unit.

When you open the box, dense foam is sculpted to cushion each part of the Barisieur. All of the components that will come in contact with your beverage are metal, glass, or rubber. No cheap plastic parts. The filter apparatus is two layers, a fine stainless steel mesh inside a slightly larger gauge screen. I was initially concerned about coffee grit making its way into the cup, but the filter does a phenomenal job, and is surprisingly easy to clean.

Their website sells individual replacements for all the brewing components, as mentioned before they are made of glass, and it’s nice to know that I can order new ones if they break. This also provides the opportunity to purchase a second filter and cup if I want to prep the unit again while the components that came with it are being washed.

Now the (potential) downsides, all of which are livable:

My fellow Americans, you may look at the coffee cup that comes with the Barisieur and ask “what is this, coffee for ants?” Because we have been conditioned that a coffee mug holds 12 ounces—at least—the cup looks small by comparison. In reality, it is the size that is discussed when a “standard” cup of coffee is referred to: 6 ounces. And really, if you’re drinking a cup of coffee while you’re still lying in bed, 6 ounces is actually pretty great. You can sip it in about 5 minutes and savor the start to your day before it gets cold, and you don’t spend too much time saying “I’ll get up after I finish my coffee.”

Second, the openings of the boiling vessel and milk bottle are small, and will not fit a sponge or a dish brush. My answer was to fill with water and a little soap and shake really well, because only water is going in the boiling vessel, so you don’t really need to get down in there. The milk vessel is glass so I’m not worried about staining or smell issues. However, my answer to the survey question of “Would you be interested in a Barisieur cleaning kit” has shifted from “Maybe” to “Yes” because I’d like to be able to give it a good scrub now and then.

Third, the filter funnel drips a little once finished brewing. Not surprising when you consider, you know, water had to run through it to brew the coffee. Fortunately the articulating arm only lets it drip on the wood-look composite top of the Barisieur and not your nightstand, and it’s easy to wipe up.

My journey to owning a Barisieur has been a long one. From seeing a teaser image, to deciding to back the Kickstarter on its last day, following all the updates of technical/production issues and receiving the unit was at least a 3 year process, but I am so happy to have one. I bought it as a gift for my husband, so now I have to budget for a second one for me!

That’s All She Wrote! See you next time.