This Coffee-Brewing Alarm Clock Is Backed by Science and Kickstarter
Among the many automatic coffeemakers with timers out there, the Barisieur stands out, in no small part because it’s designed to sit on your nightstand rather than your kitchen counter. It’s a coffee-brewing alarm clock made with a walnut tray, light-responsive LED clock, and a container in which to hold milk and keep it cold overnight, which, as Eater points out, is described as “bespoke.” For a fresh cup of pour-over coffee in the morning, fill the filter with coffee grounds and the glass boiling vessel with water before going to sleep. Then set your alarm and let the Barisieur do its thing, and you’ll wake up to the sweet smell of coffee without getting out of bed.
Created by Joshua Renouf, the Barisieur was carefully designed to both look appealing and make a high-quality cup of coffee. But there’s also some science to support the health benefits of this coffee-brewing alarm clock, besides the obvious benefit of waking up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee. According to the Barisieur’s website, this "project primarily started by looking into the psychology behind sleep, and understanding how adopting a routine before going to sleep encouraged a restful night sleep.” And, as Renouf explains in the Kickstarter demo of the product, “gently stimulating one's senses can lead to a better awakening.”
These claims are actually fairly sound, as far as the science is concerned. The ritual of setting up the Barisieur for the next day will serve as a concrete cue to get ready for bed, as Engadget explains, making it easier to fall asleep. There is also some fairly compelling evidence that the smell of coffee alone is enough to help you wake up, so having that right next to your pillow will almost certainly help ease the pain of an early morning.
Unfortunately, right now, the alarm clock of your dreams only exists in your dreams; Renouf and his company are looking for funding on Kickstarter for manufacturing, but considering that the project got over 500 backers and raised more than a third of its £380,000 goal in 48 hours, it seems like lots of other people want the Barisieur to be reality, too. You can back this project on Kickstarter until June 25, and pre-order one of your own for £265, or $387.