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You know how people really like latte art? You probably know this if you have Instagram, but should you be in the dark, it’s very popular. Basically a barista will take the freshly steamed milk and swirl it in its vessel, then it is poured over the espresso. With a series of hand movements, the in-motion milk forms a pattern on top of the coffee, usually a leaf or a heart. It’s a mastered skill, and it is by no means easy. Until now.

Ripples has created a coffee maker that does it for you. Basically, the maker connects to an app, and just by choosing an image on your phone (your latest duck-face selfie, for instance), the machine gets to work.  The company says it uses “patented printing technology,” but that’s about it. It doesn’t really explain how it does it, just that it does.

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The materials used? Just coffee. The art you eventually see before you is made from 100 per cent coffee. We think that’s pretty cool, but the machine is more useful to, say, a coffee shop. That’s to say the price isn’t right, unless you’re very wealthy.

The Ripples coffee maker starts at $1,420 and monthly services plans are $125. It is currently only available in Canada and the United States. Too rich for our blood, yes, but we wouldn’t mind giving this baby a whirl at our local. Fingers crossed!

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