Life in academia is fueled by coffee, so maybe it’s not surprising that the guy behind Kickstarter’s hottest new coffee press is a Canadian master’s student. In fact, the designer behind the new “all-in-one pressure brewer and travel mug” – called the Pascal Press – was inspired while drinking coffee on campus.
“I was already using my AeroPress in the lab, and one day when I was using it, I asked myself, ‘why can't I just drink out of this?’” Western University mechanical engineer and thermofluids engineering master’s student Alan Kalbfleish told his campus newspaper, The Gazette. “The big thing that sets it apart from the AeroPress is that it's all in one, so you don't need to bring another travel mug.”
Starting with a prototype built out of “$20 worth of plumbing material just to prove that the flow and everything worked,” Kalbfleish went on to win a start-up pitch competition from the university’s entrepreneurship-encouraging Propel initiative, before eventually working with the campus incubator to put together a Pascal Press Kickstarter campaign that launched on June 21.
Working with three big selling points – a “fast” brewing process that in under a minute makes a “perfect” cup of coffee by keeping the grounds separated from the liquid and yet still is “easy to clean” – Kalbfleish’s Kickstarter has already met its goal of $40,000 Canadian with nine days left in the campaign. Over 600 people have committed to getting at least one of the travel coffee makers when they finally ship – hopefully by March of next year.
But the coolest sounding part of the Pascal Press is that after just one minute of brewing you can drink right out of it. It’s everything a college student could want: It saves time; it saves money; and, let’s be honest, what college student doesn’t like adding a little bit of laziness to their life?