The Ripple Maker by Coffee Ripples
Coffee shops are everywhere. And it takes a lot for a good coffee shop to stand out amongst all others, especially in a big city like New York or LA. Luckily, our friends at Coffee Ripples have figured out how to make your shop the talk of the town.
Coffee Ripples developed the Ripple Maker in June 2015. It’s a device used to print literally any design on the foam in your latte. And it’s an understatement to call this latte art. In the three short years since its release, it has received countless accolades, including winning Last Gadget Standing at CES in 2016.
Featuring a patented printing technology building on the inkjet printing process, the Ripple Maker artfully prints any design you can dream up onto your customer’s silky latte. Better yet, Coffee Ripples offers online design tools, like Ripple Creative to help you customize your latte artwork. For those less design-minded, the machine also offers a robust content library brimming with images ready to be printed in foam.
You’re probably wondering how this machine works. Cocoa powder dusting like those old-fashioned coffee art stencils? Nope. The Ripple Maker uses a pod chock full of their patented coffee extract and prints the substance onto the top of your customer’s latte. This means you’re printing with coffee, on coffee. Pretty meta, right? Thankfully, the folks at Coffee Ripples know coffee and understand that adding substances to coffee can have a detrimental impact on the flavor of the cup. They designed the device to spritz the top of the foam with such a fine layer of coffee extract that it imparts no flavor whatsoever. This will help you to avoid alienating the most savvy coffee drinker who frequents your shop.
One Ripple Pod produces 500 prints before needing to be swapped with a new one, but the Ripple Maker doesn’t stop dazzling us there. Dressed up in a stunning silver and red enclosure, the device looks right at home in a chic coffee shop. It has a relatively small form factor; at 8.5” x 10.5” x 19.5”, it is not much bigger than your average commercial grinder. Weighing in at just under 40 pounds, the Ripple Maker is solidly built and will stand the test of time, right alongside your most cherished coffee brewing paraphernalia.
Using the device is easy. When you’ve finished masterfully pouring a latte for your customer, you simply place the cup on the tray in the Ripple Maker. The apparatus automatically detects and prints on cups up to 4.25 inches wide.
A prominent, backlit LCD screen is used to select artwork for the cup and start the printing process. It’s so easy, your oldest (or youngest) barista will pick it up in a flash. The company claims you can master the device in minutes and we believe it.
Designs can be selected from the machine or uploaded with the Coffee Ripples app. This allows your customers to choose their own images for their drink. Don’t worry, though; you still remain the gatekeeper and can decline any designs you deem inappropriate.
After selecting your design, the Ripple Maker raises the platform to dispense your artwork onto the top of the latte. Within seconds, the design you selected is printed in the coffee on your customer’s beverage.
Pricing for the Ripple Maker starts at $3000 for a direct sale to a customer in the US. The device must have coffee pods to continue producing beautiful artwork. An annual subscription is available to ensure you never run out of coffee dust. If your coffee shop is doing serious business, it’s a no-brainer to subscribe to the plan. At only $100 per month ($1200 billed annually), you will guarantee that you never run out. As soon as your Ripple Maker gets low, the tool automatically sends a signal to the folks at Coffee Ripples and a new pod will be on its way to you in the blink of an eye.
The support from Coffee Ripples doesn’t stop after purchase. Every Coffee Ripples device is backed by a year-long comprehensive warranty, so you can rest easy knowing they have everything covered.
Interested in buying one for your cafe or roastery? Drop them a line in their online form to get more information.