FWx took the stage at last weekend's South by Southwest Interactive conference to explore the future of coffee technology, with F&W Deputy Digital Editor Lawrence Marcus leading a session featuring Counter Culture's Meister and Invergo inventor Cameron Hughes. The future, as it turns out, is bright indeed. Here, five of the group's predictions for the future of your morning cup.
1. Single-serve is the future. All three panelists thought coffee drinkers had fallen for individually brewed cups, whether from a BKON (a $13,000 brewer that uses vacuum technology) or a Keurig (which the panel didn't seem so fond of).
2. Coffee beans will get tastier. Meister gave us a rundown on Cup of Excellence, an online auction that lets small roasters buy beans from the best small growers in the world. As more money flows to individual growers, they'll have access to the technology that can help them better produce more coffee.