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Coming Soon: Self-Heating Coffee

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the and-we-just-thought-flavia-was-cool dept.

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prostoalex writes "In 2005 Wolfgang Puck will start selling containers of self-heating coffee, USA Today says. The combination of calcium oxide and water will heat the coffee to 145 degrees and keep it warm for the next 30 minutes. The coffee will be sold in regular grocery stores, and folks at Fool.com tell Starbucks to watch out as this product, coming from a well-known chef, might target those of us grabbing a cup of hot latte on the way to work."

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already done (5, Informative)

monkey_jam (557265) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146252)

we have these in the UK. They taste about as good as warmed up cold coffee. Which is basically what it is....

Re:already done (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146317)

Yeah, they've been around for about 5 years now. There's similar technology used in reusable hand warmers. It's a pouch which reacts and generates heat, when it has cooled you boil it up and reuse.

Re:already done (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146321)

Can you still buy these things in England? I haven't seen any for about a year. I thought they stopped selling them as they weren't very popular. They were also quite expensive - about £1.85 each for 250ml of 'coffee'. They're the same size as a 330ml can but the big immersion heater bit takes most of the space up.

Re:already done (1)

Psychotext (262644) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146448)

about £1.85 each for 250ml of 'coffee'

Somehow that still ends up being less than you'd pay at the motorway services for a cup! :)

Re:already done (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146340)

we have these in the UK. They taste about as good as warmed up cold coffee. Which is basically what it is....

I've never seen that, though I've seen the cans of coffee that get kept in a warming device.

Point is, almost my first thought (*) was "Isn't this going to taste quite poor, since it's basically brewed ages in advance?" I don't see that the people who think Starbucks is so great (whether it is or not; I'm proud to say I've *never* even been in Starbucks; nor Gap for that matter) would be that much slower on the uptake.

I agree with the writers of the article. It's going to be a novelty; frankly, once it's been hanging around that long, I doubt that even the best coffee around could match up to bog-standard instant, let alone Starbucks.

If it was going to be that much of a success, why don't I see more people going around with the pre-heated cans of coffee, despite the fact they're widely available?

(*) My first thought was "the coffee heats *itself*?... hang on, I don't think so"

Re:already done (1)

Xugumad (39311) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146345)

Let me just add, warmed up cold coffee which wasn't that great to start with. I suppose maybe it's okay if you just want the caffeinne kick, but I'd suggest chewing Pro Plus as the more desirable alternative :)

Re:already done (3, Insightful)

DrXym (126579) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146370)

Exactly. I recall seeing Nescafe self heating cups. Think coffee which has been left in a themos overnight and then reheated.


Of course, if the container were to split the coffee from the water until you heated it, it might not be so bad. But even that seems hardly different to me than buying some instant crap from a vending machine. Except of course the vending machine gives you a coffee instantly, rather than fumbling around in the cold trying to activate the device and then then waiting several minutes for it to be even drinkable.

Re:already done (1)

Chicane-UK (455253) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146409)

Actually I thought these were a really bloody good idea, but I was always a little concerned that the alarming red / white chemical mixture which you could see through the bottom would some how leak into the coffee.

It didn't taste spectacular, but if you were cold and wanted a warm cup of coffee (and it did get pretty damn hot) it was a fantastic solution. Just a shame it cost so much and didn't sell so well.

As a result, I haven't seen these for about a year or so now :(

Re:already done (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146444)

If their target market is Starbucks customers, I doubt that taste is a big worry. I have never had a coffee-based drink from Starbucks that didn't taste horrible, acidic and watered down. And over priced too - why is it always the crappy companies that do so well (MS, Starbucks, Dixons, PCWorld...).

Re:already done (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146481)

why is it always the crappy companies that do so well

Because crappy or not, they clearly give the customer what they want. If they didn't, they'd never make any money.

gah (1, Insightful)

Heem (448667) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146254)

Thats just scary though. I try to avoid ingesting things that are able to create their own heat.

Re:gah (4, Informative)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146276)

To state the obvious, the coffee doesn't generate its own heat (or it would be full of slaked lime, which might impair the flavour). The lime and water, to produce the heat, are in a jacket around it.

This is how it actually works (1)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146371)

My mistake. The coffee forms a jacket around the container of lime and water, as in the diagram [soton.ac.uk]. Logical, really - all the heat goes into the coffee instead of burning your hands.

What, like beef and chicken? (2, Funny)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146417)

Do you ever eat "iron-fortified" cereal? Those metal shavings combine with oxygen in the air in an exothermic reaction. Guess you'll have to stay away from cornflakes from now on.

But what does it taste like? (2)

deletedaccount (835797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146255)

There's no point having a really quick cup of coffee if it tastes like shit.

Re:But what does it taste like? (2, Funny)

wackysootroom (243310) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146269)

Since when did people start drinking coffee for the taste?

Re:But what does it taste like? (3, Insightful)

adamjaskie (310474) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146323)

*raises hand*

I'm addicted now, though. But I still love the taste, and moving from the halfway-decent coffee I usually drink to shitty cheapass Folgers coffee would be more torture than the money I would save would be worth.

Re:But what does it taste like? (1)

DaHat (247651) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146353)

I refuse to drink the stuff due to the taste and smell myself... but then I'm a horrible geek as I have nothing resembling a caffeine dependency or addiction.

Re:But what does it taste like? (-1, Flamebait)

castlec (546341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146464)

[Jules, Vincent and Jimmie are drinking coffee in Jimmie's kitchen]
Jules Winnfield: Mmmm! Goddamn, Jimmie! This is some serious gourmet shit! Usually, me and Vince would be happy with some freeze-dried Taster's Choice, but he springs this serious GOURMET shit on us! What flavor is this?
Jimmie Dimmick: Knock it off, Jules.
Jules Winnfield: [pause] What?
Jimmie Dimmick: I don't need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I'm the one who buys it. I know how good it is. When Bonnie goes shopping she buys SHIT. Me, I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what's on my mind right now? It AIN'T the coffee in my kitchen, it's the dead nigger in my garage.
Jules Winnfield: Oh, Jimmie, don't even worry about that...
Jimmie Dimmick: No, let me ask you a question. When you came pulling in here, did you see a sign out in front of my house that said "Dead Nigger Storage?"
Jules Winnfield: Jimmie, you know I ain't seen no...
Jimmie Dimmick: Did you see a sign out in front of my house that said "Dead Nigger Storage?"
Jules Winnfield: [pause] No. I didn't.
Jimmie Dimmick: You know WHY you didn't see that sign?
Jules Winnfield: Why?
Jimmie Dimmick: 'Cause it ain't there, 'cause storing dead niggers ain't my fucking business, that's why!

Re:But what does it taste like? (1)

fshalor (133678) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146343)

Why not? People are already playing money for coffee after standing in line that tastes like shit. This just eliminates the wait.

I'll stick to grind and hot water. We make ours in vaccuum flasks at work. (The air hole in the vaccuum tube thinger helps with the brewing.)

While we don't use bunson burners anymore, we've moved on to hotplates. We do still use a glass funnel.

Re:But what does it taste like? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146398)

I wonder if there's any way to get into the can without setting off the heating reaction? You could always change the contents then set it off. Better coffee, or is it soup yet?

Speaking of setting it off, I'm reminded of the hobby saboteurs in Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner. You can bet people like that would find "nifty" uses for a handy off-the-shelf unit like that.

Re:But what does it taste like? (1)

piquadratCH (749309) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146422)

There's no point having a really quick cup of coffee if it tastes like shit.

And I thought that's the business model of Starbucks...

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146266)

When I spill it on myself I can't go suing a company anymore? Pssh, why would I want to buy that?

Re:So... (1)

macz (797860) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146408)

No when an old cup comes apart and you inhale the lime dust could blind you while driving. THEN you can sue.

Or perhaps when the exothermic reaction gets hot enough to ignite the cup in your hand, then you could sue.

Or if you are American... Then you could sue.

Replace Starbucks, I don't think so... (4, Informative)

philbowman (707419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146267)

I've tried the version available in Europe, and even allowing for the fact it's Nescafe to start with, it can't be described as even vaguely resembling coffee. Might be worth having in the car for emergencies, but it wouldn't replace anyone's daily coffee if they have any taste buds.

Re:Replace Starbucks, I don't think so... (1)

eric_brissette (778634) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146396)

Emergencies? Keep a bottle of No-Doz in the car if you're sleep deprived. I can't think of any kind of coffee related emergency that would push me to drink the equivalent of hot ballsac sweat.

Thats pretty hot (1, Funny)

sosume (680416) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146268)

and water will heat the coffee to 145 degrees and keep it warm for the next 30 minutes

wow, thats pretty hot.. or are you still using fahrenheits?

yeah - mod euridiot down (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146296)

Wake up Eurotard. Any by the way, troll, it's not plural.

Re:yeah - mod euridiot down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146485)

I love it when mods waste all their points on ACs, it's like shooting your bullets at nothing!

Wake up Eurotard!! MOD DOWN!!

Re:Thats pretty hot (1)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146339)

No, the coffee is heated under 4 atm pressure to achieve that temperature and thereby ensure that lawyers can profit from another "McDonalds" case against the manufacturer when you drop it into your lap whilst driving.

Or maybe Americans still like their cubits, hogsheads and lakhs.

Re:Thats pretty hot (1)

martinde (137088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146349)

>> and water will heat the coffee to 145 degrees
> wow, thats pretty hot.. or are you still using fahrenheits?

I think that superheated steam will wake you up more effectively than regular old caffeine, don't you?! The big problem, of course, is making the pressurized "coffee steam vessel" affordable. ;-)

Re:Thats pretty hot (1)

rxmd (205533) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146394)

The big problem, of course, is making the pressurized "coffee steam vessel" affordable. ;-)
I guess a tin can would do, mabye you'd have to keep the wall a little thicker. Have fun opening it, though ;)

Re:Thats pretty hot (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146373)

or are you still using fahrenheits?

Fahrenheits. We don't agree with the rest of the world on any subject, so why should we join them in a common set of measurement standards? :)

-1 EUROTROLL PLEASE (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146418)

This guy is just flamebait. Fahrenheits??

Re:Thats pretty hot (3, Funny)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146430)

wow, thats pretty hot.. or are you still using fahrenheits?

Actually, it's rather cold. Assuming that a SI unit pedant would use Kelvin...

what (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146272)

oh

Best. Invention. Ever... (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146275)

Hands down. This kicks more ass than anything that has ever kicked ass before.. including the wheel.

I just hope that it doesn't taste as ass nasty as the Wolfgang Puck soups do. Those soups are almost as bad as Dinty Moore products.

Now, I doubt that I'd grab one of these in the morning but taking a case or two of them on weekend camping trips would be nice, especially when camping in cold weather.

Uhhh... (1)

P-Frank (788137) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146437)

Generally when I'm going camping, I like to take fire. To, you know, warm food and myself and occasionally beverages derived from beans.

Re:Uhhh... (1, Funny)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146475)

Uhh... I'm all for fire, but I'd prefer to make the fire while I'm actually camping. Previous experience with taking fire anywhere turned out to be disasterous. :-)

I'm afraid to ask about the beans... I'll stick to the S'mores.

NOT new.... (1)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146277)

Nescafe has been making this kind of coffee in Europe for quite sometime now. They even have it in vending machines.

We've had this in the UK for ages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146278)

Problem is, the can looks big, but the actual amount of coffee is pretty crappy - stick to the mocalocachocaubercaffeine thingy from starbucks.

Self-lighting cigerette (1)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146286)

Does anyone remember that movie or TV show where they invented a self-lighting cigerette, but it didn't produce any smoke?

Re:Self-lighting cigerette (1)

Twanfox (185252) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146460)

Why remember a movie or TV show when they have battery operated (and hense, smokeless) cigerettes already on the way? I suppose I could do a search for it in Slashdot to find the obligatory link, but I'd just be taking all the fun away.

6 Minutes to heat up (3, Insightful)

Wheely (2500) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146289)

I don't quite understand how that can be a time saver. My kettle takes about a minute. I do realize that I then need to be less productive in other areas for about the five seconds it takes to pour the water in the mug and stir.

Old news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146291)

Um, we've had this for years here in Spain... YOu can get it black, with milk, or with whiskey.

Under pressure? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146292)

> will heat the coffee to 145 degrees

Water boils at 100C. Oh, you're talking about Fahrenheit! Maybe specify the unit next time...

Re:Under pressure? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146319)

Maybe wake up and quit your Eurobitchin! This is a US site, and you're welcome not to come here!

Re:Under pressure? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146389)

Maybe wake up and quit your Eurobitchin! This is a US site, and you're welcome not to come here!

Such a perfect paraphrase of how US international policy is percieved in the rest of the world...

Re:Under pressure? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146404)

Are you the site owner? No?

Well, fuck off and stop pretending to speak on their behalf.

If they wanted to enforce European measures and British spelling on the users, they could. Fact it's a US site doesn't mean anything by itself.

Yeah, I know it was a troll; but this generalises well- just because you live in the same country doesn't give you the right to dictate what appears on the site.

I just pour Folgers into my eyes (0)

gelfling (6534) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146293)

Yeah if I'm short on time I just put some instant coffee in my eyes. That's about as enjoyable as drinking reheated bad coffee.

got it (1)

JanneM (7445) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146302)

Here in Japan, most vending machines have both hot and cold beverages, including coffee and teas (soda is pretty unusual, on the other hand). Not by self-heating cans, though, but by the lower-tech method of having those cans and bottles in a heated compartment. It's ok as a quick pick-me-up in the morning.

At least three years old (2, Interesting)

ctid (449118) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146304)

We've had this for a long time in the UK. Or at least I saw this for the first time three years ago; I haven't seen it recently. I tried it twice, and both times it didn't seem to get very hot, although I did follow the instructions.

Tasty (1)

herrison (635331) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146435)

The Nescafe version was about as a significant to coffee as packet "cappucino" - what's in that stuff? Sodium bicarb? You can hear it fizz!

Four years old? (2, Interesting)

igorthefiend (831721) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146308)

This has been tried now on more than one occasion in the UK, most recently by Kenco, I think, but previously by PG Tips with tea (again, my memory my fail me on this) but I think this has now been on the market for more than four years on and off, as I remember trying it while at university! FWIW, the coffee is better than the tea, but with the ubiquity of Starbucks etc... how desperate can you really be for a cup?

Re:Four years old? (1)

Doctor Memory (6336) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146364)

how desperate can you really be for a cup

If you're willing to go to Starbucks, you must be pretty desperate. Or else you've bought into the brainwashing that the over-roasted crap they have there really is coffee.

Used to be I only had trouble believing what came out of people's mouths, now I have trouble believing what they put into them too....

Re:Four years old? (1)

kaos.geo (587126) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146390)

In the Happy-go-Lucky nineties here in Argentina, I bought that coffee, which was part of a flood of imports from all over the world, due to the strong Peso (our now battered currency :P) I remember that it was in 1995, september (I was developing a hellish app for a pointy haired boss i still can't forget, so trust me on the date) Tha coffee was Korean, and not at all that bad. It made me wonder how does the calcium interact with the flavor and also if there is a health risk in it. I drank it nonetheless!! Careless youth! ;)

why is starbuck's the benchmark? (3, Interesting)

rm -rf /etc/* (20237) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146309)

Starbuck's is ok, but I always got the impression that they are the big name because of marketing and locations rather than having a really great product. Why are they always the benchmark that everyone tries to meet or beat? Their coffee is ok, but nothing special. If you can find a local coffee shop that roasts beans on site and grinds them fresh for your cup, you'll get a much better cup of coffee, potentially cheaper than starbucks.

As for this coffee in a can... Well, I can't imagine how good it would really be. It will probably be ok, given that it's going for a lattle, most likely flavored and sweetened. I don't think this could work for a plain old cup of coffee, but for a coffee drink with milk and flavoring it will probably mask enough of the stale coffee flavor to be drinkable.

Re:why is starbuck's the benchmark? (3, Informative)

adamjaskie (310474) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146403)

Starbucks, while it is not great coffee, is significantly better than the brown water that most of us Americans are used to drinking at home. Remember that the average cup of coffee in America is still made with coffee from companies such as Folgers or Maxwell House. The coffee is purchased preground, in a one kilo tin, and sits on the counter kept nice and warm by sunlight for the six months it takes to be finished off by people that brew coffee with one teaspoon of grounds to every cup of water.

Re:why is starbuck's the benchmark? (1)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146447)

AMEN! Micro Roasters rock! The local one here(Stauf's...they also own Cup O Joe) used to do all of their roasting in store. Now that they have expanded, they moved most of the roasting operation to a local warehouse, but they still do the roasting instead of having another company do it for them. They still have one of thier Probat roasters in their main store and do roast daily in it mostly for the ambience. Thier original store also has free WiFi! :D

Re:why is starbuck's the benchmark? (1)

NardofDoom (821951) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146471)

Just like beer and wine, locally roasted coffee tends to match a palate better. I prefer Bucks County Coffee to Starbucks, because Bucks county A) doesn't have to appeal to the lowest-common-denominator and B) the people who roast it live nearby, and have similar tastes to me.

Real men (1)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146310)

Scoop up a cup of molten lava as we surf past on the way to work if we feel the need for a hot morning beverage.

To get it out of the way (0)

palad1 (571416) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146311)

In bushian americana, the coffee heats you.

Now, cue mcDonalds coffee lawsuits references and we'll be set to go!

Uh... You sig (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146410)

Prêt à tout pour avoir le mot de la fin, depuis 1977.

Shouldn't that read:

Prêt à tout pour avoir le dernier mot, depuis 1977.

Try it again. Just Google translated it doesn't mean its correct.

won't work (5, Informative)

BigBir3d (454486) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146316)

Comparing this to Starbuck's is foolish. People go to Starbuck's so they can say they go there. And to be seen there.

Your average coffee drinker does not even realize that most all Starbuck's coffee is over roasted and made of inferior quality beans. The really scary thing; the quality of Dunkin Donuts coffee beans are higher than Starbuck's! I did not know this, but a coffee guru (bean tester and whatnot for major coffee companies) tells me it is true.

Dunkin Donuts (1)

acvh (120205) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146382)

TRUE. DD coffee is actually pretty damned good, and when I forget to order beans for home roasting I'll buy a bag of DD beans to hold me over.

This Wolfgang Puck thing sounds like an abomination, and will likely resemble coffee as Coors Light resembles beer.

Re:won't work (1)

adamjaskie (310474) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146439)

Dunkin Donuts recently "improved" their coffee. I have not had any of their "new" coffee, but I have heard it is actually suprisingly good.

Starbucks, while not really great coffee, is certainly better than anything instant, or anything made by companies such as Folgers, which is what people here are used to. I can't stand Folgers, but Starbucks, at least their lighter roasts (House Blend and Breakfast Blend, to some extent Columbian) are quite decent. Not up to the beans I can get at a good local roaster, and I can certainly find better beans if I look hard enough, but they are definately the best you can get in many places around the country.

Re:won't work (1)

deletedaccount (835797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146452)

People go to Starbuck's so they can say they go there. And to be seen there.
People want to be seen in starbucks? Where I'm from you'd never admit to even walking past it.

Hot cans of coffee in vending machines? (1)

dbleoslow (650429) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146324)

When will they have these in The States? I miss the Japanese coffee vending machines. They sell coffee in cans just like those Starbucks double-shot cans except they're hot and there's like 30 different choices.

A quick question! (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146327)

If you're in need of a really quick caffeine rush, is it okay if you eat a few spoonfuls right from the can? uummm .. okay, probably not, bye! Hot hot hot!

But Wait, There's More! (1)

Spencerian (465343) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146330)

With your purchase you'll receive an amazing way to keep your teeth clean and enjoy the luscious bounties from the farm...

Seedless Corn!

and coming soon, watch out Atkins!

Here comes Fat-Free Lard!

Sounds like a great product (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146337)

If it really works and tastes halfway decent, I can see myself buying these on a regular basis. Take 'em with me to outdoor sporting events, car trips, skiing, grabbing one on the way to work in the morning vs. going to the starbucks or waiting to get to the office for coffee (taking the time to make at home not an option; requires waking up 10 mins earlier!) - endless possibilities.

Digestion problems (1)

Woogiemonger (628172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146346)

I used to go to a coffee house that has large, heavy ceramic mugs which seem to be generally cold due to the weather or air conditioning. They pour hot coffee into them, and the coffee ultimately turns out lukewarm. I can't digest lukewarm coffee, and I find it disgusting, so they lost a customer. Although this self-heating coffee doesn't too appetizing, they might get a customer back if they went for this solution. Sign of the times I guess.

Re:Digestion problems (1)

adamjaskie (310474) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146459)

Ugh. Why did they not warm their mugs? Not exactly difficult to keep them on top of the espresso machine, or in a bath of hot water.

Been there, done that (1)

Smiffa2001 (823436) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146350)

Had these for quite some time here in the UK now. Though I don't recall seeing them in the shops for a long while. Can't think why they'll work over there unless they've managed to improve the tech - which from TFA I gather not... Nescafe was a respectable brand that could have worked but drinking the stuff it tasted foul. Not like coffee at all. Can't see how the 'Gourmet' stuff will work.

No wonder Starbucks and Costa aren't botherd.

Won't catch on at McDonalds (1)

Sierpinski (266120) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146363)

I think 145 degrees might be too hot for
McDonalds. Good ole Stella prevented that.

Maybe they'll come out with a mini-sized
additive that will keep the coffee at a temperature
that won't scorch Stella and her kin.

Or, just maybe someone shouldn't have been drinking and driving! (Or maybe start an DWE citation. Driving While Elderly.)

Re:Won't catch on at McDonalds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146401)

The only thing worse than reheated coffee is coffee that's been under-reheated. Blech.

Re:Won't catch on at McDonalds (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11146407)

"Once again, remember to allow your coffee to cool before applying to groin."

Yuck (4, Insightful)

CharAznable (702598) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146374)

As a Costa Rican, the idea of instant coffee is insulting, let alone self-heating coffee.

Every time I go home, I bring a few months' supply of 100% pure Arabica beans. Here in the US good coffee is insanely expensive.

Calcium Oxide? (1)

krygny (473134) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146397)

Why don't I just eat the CaO, and let it react with my body moisture to stay warm?

(CLUE: It's rhetorical sarcasm. I really DO know why.)

Remembrance of Cowboy BeBop: The Movie. (2, Interesting)

JossiRossi (840900) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146399)

Now why don't they take this tech an use it with soup? In fact why didn't they do soup first? After all if you are essentially just reheating coffee it will probablyt taste like crap, but re-heated soup doesn't often taste much worse than when it starts.

Heating mechanism (1)

Jumbo Jimbo (828571) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146412)

Where we have these in the UK, they come with a warning on the container which says something like 'Don't, under any circumstances, break open the container to see what the heating part is like', so obviously it's impossible to resist doing so.

Unfortunately resulted in burns and gunk on hands, but my curiousity was sated.

Okay... (1)

AstrumPreliator (708436) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146433)

Why is an exothermic reaction that heats up your coffee so amazing? Not to be cynical or anything but this really isn't that amazing.

Mmmm, MREs (4, Insightful)

jfengel (409917) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146442)

Meals Ready to Eat, the US Army's replacement for it's old rations, usually come with a similar contraption: a wafer of material which is massively exothermic when combined with water.

It comes in a bag; you add water and then stuff your entree into the bag. The water comes to a boil (or at least apparently; it may just be hydrogen evolving from the reation, and they tell you not to use it in an enclosed place). The food goes from room temperature to way-too-hot-to-eat in a few minutes.

They recommend two of them if the food starts off frozen, but I've found that one will take it from rock-solid to tolerable (the things were designed to be eaten room-temperature as well.) It's not exactly luxury food, but it's incredible to have have hot food available almost instantly without having to carry cooking equipment or starting a fire.

How to fuck your good name (1)

CaptainZapp (182233) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146466)

I don't really know Mr. Puck. I've seen his name during a couple visits in the US on some outfit. Seems to be sort of a famous chef branching out to a number of franchises.

Such a product was introduced to Switzerland some 4 years ago. Appart from the environmental unfriendliness it tasted like shit!. I don't think that it's still available, but I'm not sure.

So why the hell launches such a famous guy such a product? Sure he can probably add a 50 cents premium on a product that he most likely doesn't manufacture himself since he is a big chef and in the process ruin his name as a commercial whore, who turns just about any trick for a buck.

Not really a smart move, methinks.

Pretty old stuff ... (1)

canc (842314) | more than 9 years ago | (#11146474)

This http://www.caldocaldo.it/eng/index.html italian company started to sell self heating drinks some years ago...
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