Driven to Espresso: Drive-through Coffee Stands in the Northwest

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Suddenly texting on mobile phones in cars sounds okay


About four years ago, Nespresso was showing a conceptual rendering of what they called InCar, an espresso maker for your car. Designed by students for a design contest they hold each year, it was a machine designed to fit into the center console of a car and double as an armrest. And you thought having a cup-holder or two was a huge convenience.

You should check out that design website, though, because there are some simply amazing designs for coffee makers. I mean really amazing!

I am happy to report that they are not developing the InCar product, and frankly, I hope they never do. If you think texting on a cell phone is a little too distracting for a driver, can you imagine operating an espresso maker? Actually, I can imagine it, but it is not a pretty picture; images of hyper-caffeine-induced chaos on the freeway, little tiny cups flying around, foamed milk spattering everywhere.

I really think drive-through coffee stands are as convenient as things need to be.

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