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This Alarm Clock Wakes You Up by Brewing a Fresh Cup of Coffee

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Um, yes please

Wouldn’t you hate your alarm clock so much less if it woke you up with a steaming hot cup of joe? Like, you’d still hate it a little, because waking up is the worst, but you’d have fresh-brewed coffee waiting for you inches from your face!

That’s the idea behind Barisieur, an alarm clock/coffee brewer hybrid engineered by London-based industrial designer Josh Renouf. The base is just an average digital alarm clock — but the important part is what’s resting on top. It looks like a mini version of those chemistry sets nerds play with in movies — you know, when they’re doing “experiments” in their bedrooms instead of developing social skills or whatever. Anyway, here’s how it works, according to PSFK:

The sleek device has stainless steel ball bearings inside a bespoke hand blown glass beaker that boils water through induction heating. The boiling water is pushed out of the beaker through a slim glass tube and is poured over the ground coffee which is placed in a sustainable stainless steel coffee filter. The coffee then drips through the filter and into a glass cup. In the middle of the tray is a small glass container that holds the milk or cream.

Renouf is now in the process of developing the Barisieur for commercial use. The estimated retail price is between £150 and £250 (or around $250 to $420).

So basically, this thing wakes you up with the gentle sounds of metal clinking against glass paired with the aroma of coffee. It’s trying to ease you into a state of awakeness rather than aggressively force you into it like most alarms. Plus, it’s a very safe way to wake up to a nice smell. Remember that time on The Office when Michael burned his food trying to wake up to the smell of crackling bacon?

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