If lattes could fly
It’s a familiar feeling: mid-morning, exploiting the first caffeine high of the day, at your Everest of efficiency. Yet before long comes a realization that the cup you filled before reaching your desk is empty. What to do? Abandon your station—risking all the in-transit distractions that come with refueling—or stay put, convincing yourself you can withstand the pre-lunch doldrums?
Other refinements have yet to be thought through. Weight capacity and speed will determine which beverages make suitable cargo. Van Luttervelt acknowledges that the Coffee Copter’s one-minute test flight would not do justice to espresso.
“Milk-based drinks or filter coffees,” he stresses, are the best choices for drone delivery.“Filter coffees, they develop their flavor pattern when they cool down, so the transportation time would be ideal to serve the coffee and drink it directly, at its best possible flavor.”
Plus, the drone is meant to carry multiple cups. “Every coffee has its own size and its own weight, so that’s quite a challenge, to balance all the different combinations,” says De Koning. The designer’s wishful thinking? An evenly weighted order of four double espresso macchiatos, every time.
To get the Coffee Copter literally off the ground, though, investors are needed. The project, with ambitions to apply its perfected standards to other technology, is currently a labor of love, done in the collaborators’ spare time.