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Reproducing the best of dripped coffee

Twinbird coffee maker

Words / P Yue
Photography / Courtesy of Twinbird
Translation / Iris Heung

曾幾何時,自動咖啡機是廉價的代名詞,尤其是附帶磨豆機功能的,你不會期待它泡煮得有多好喝,只求在匆忙的早晨能快速補充咖啡因,抖擻精神而已。不過同一樣的事物,換到職人大國日本以後,都會變得精緻奢華起來。

這一台榮獲2019年Good Design Award,並在近月風靡亞洲各國的Twinbird日本職人級全自動手沖咖啡機,就是一台包含磨豆功能,但沖煮時毫不馬虎,甚至是擁有咖啡職人加持的革命性咖啡機。

It wasn’t long ago when coffees made from coffee makers with built-in grinders were considered cheap and often of low quality. No one would really expect an exquisite taste, as the biggest role of those coffees was to supply us with a quick caffeine fix to acquire the very much needed energy boost in the morning. However, the image of coffee makers has enjoyed a revival in Japan thanks to the artisanship, which gave the product a luxurious facelift.

With the 2019 Good Design Award on its belt, the Japanese TWINBIRD automatic coffee maker has gained immense popularity across many countries in Asia in recent months. With an in-built grinder, TWINBIRD has taken the machine-brewing process to new professional height, delivering a cup of goodness that is even endorsed by professional coffee artisans.

Twinbird是1951年創立於新潟縣,七十年來不停歇地生產小型家電,商品風格溫柔簡約風格,是一家享有國民家電地位的日本品牌。乍看這台純黑色的咖啡機,霧面感的色澤不過度搶眼,能融入各種居家情境,而不覺突兀。然而光是外表討好,是不能滿足挑剔咖啡迷的,於是品牌找來了,在日本有咖啡教父之稱的田口護先生,親自監督機器的生產。

Founded in Niigata in 1951, TWINBIRD is a well-known electrical appliance brand that has been providing households with minimal yet engaging designs for almost 70 years. This coffee machine in black color with a low-key matte surface can comfortably blend in your home setting. Certainly, just an appealing look alone would not be satisfactory enough for the demanding coffee-buffs. Therefore, the brand had invited Taguchi Mamoru, who is dubbed “the father of coffee” in Japan, to monitor the production of the machine.

曾出版《咖啡的萃取科學》、《咖啡大全》和《咖啡飄香100年》等多本咖啡專書,並以科學化的烘焙、沖煮教導而聞名,由田口護先生監督的這台咖啡機,自然讓咖啡迷放心。咖啡機提供六方向沖水的功能,重現了手沖咖啡時的層次感,加上水溫可調控,再不用死盯著溫度計,生怕錯過適溫溫度;而無論是深烘或淺烘的豆子,統統都能一鍵搞定。

The author of The Specialty coffee Encyclopedia and a series of other coffee-related titles, Taguchi is renowned for his scientific approach to teaching coffee roasting and brewing. Even the most particular coffee connoisseur can rest assured by this machine produced under the supervision of the coffee master. The coffee machine offers six brewing methods to imitate the actual hand dripping brewing method. With the help of the temperature control, you don’t need to fret about checking the thermometer to get the water temperature right again. No matter the beans are coming in light or dark roast, a cup is only a button away.

除了多方向注水、水溫可調控外,研磨也是咖啡機的特意功能。在手沖咖啡迷之間,對磨豆機的性能非常看重,而Twinbird咖啡機,除使解,更提供石臼式磨豆,低速運轉使研磨時,能減低熱力產生,免除影響風味的疑慮。而不管你是剛入門手沖咖啡世界的苦手,抑或純粹是想偷懶的老手,這套自動手沖咖啡機,應該都能滿足你的需求。

On top of the brewing options and adjustable water temperature, the grinder is actually a highlight of the machine too. Fans of pour-over coffee usually stress a lot about the functionalities of the beans grinder. The built-in conical burr grinder of Twinbrid can grind beans at low speed to avoid the generation of heat so that the aromas of the coffee beans can be fully retained. It doesn’t matter whether you are a coffee amateur, a veteran pour-over coffee veteran, or simply a coffee snob who wants to get lazy sometimes, this automatic coffee machine will have something to meet your needs.