2016年11月7日 星期一

6種超級咖啡App!


6 Killer Coffee Apps From The 2016 SCAA Event

6種超級咖啡App







This 2016 SCAA Event is in the books, and with it, the glitz and glitter of the showfloor fading into a beeping cacophony of forklifts and wrap-up jobs. This year’s event sizzled with scintillating product debuts, but it wasn’t all artisanal font collabos and sweet-as tiny espresso machines—the internet of things was front and center at SCAA 2016. That means more apps than an Applebees were on display, and so we took to the showfloor to discover six of our favorites.

2016 SCAA Event美國咖啡展中,有許多新奇的東西亮相,也有許多很好的產品曝光,但不只是這些手工製作的小型咖啡機而已-2016美國咖啡展是資訊連結的中心且走在尖端,這代表更多像ApplebeesApp會被展示出來,在這裡我們來看看筆者最喜歡的六個發現!




These are the six buzziest killer coffee apps of SCAA 2016.

下面是六種2016美國咖啡展的超級咖啡App


Acaia Brewbar App



Acaia has impressed the coffee world with its sleekly designed scales and accompanying app to control your home brewing. Now, it’s upped the game even more by releasing a behemoth of an app that gives cafe baristas total control over their multi-scale brewing stations. According to the app’s developer, Jordan Han, the goal of the app is to allow multiple baristas at a cafe to achieve consistency with their brews—every time, every day.

Acaia因為其時髦的設計且能應用在居家沖煮上而聞名於咖啡界,現在這個App的亮相彷彿解放了一頭猛獸般,讓咖啡師發揮所長架設沖煮台。根據這個App的開發者Jordan Han,這個App的目標是讓同間店的眾多咖啡師,每時每刻都可以維持沖煮的一致性。



Obviously this is a goal for all cafes, but the data that the Acaia app provides through their scales is incredible, allowing baristas to visualize this consistency (or lack of) in an easily accessible way. When brewing, you can input temperature, grind size, bean weight, who is brewing, which brew method you’re using, and any notes you might have into the app. Your brew is tracked live on a graph, with lines showing you the flow rate of water into the filter, how fast it is percolating through the grinds into the vessel, and how full the filter is at any one time.

顯然地這是所有咖啡店的目標,但Acaia App連結秤的數據非常驚人,讓咖啡師可以輕易達到沖煮上的一致性。沖煮時你可以置入溫度、研磨粗細度、咖啡豆種、沖煮者、沖煮手法,並註記任何你可能在App用到的功能。App會同步將你的沖煮呈現成曲線,告訴你注入濾杯時水的流速、水會多快通過咖啡粉並萃取至杯具中,以及濾杯在每一階段的液體有多滿。



You can even brew against a “Master Brewprint”—a recipe that can be set by the head barista for other baristas at a cafe to follow. Data can be pulled from any barista’s set of brews, or all the brews from the cafe, to see how brew changes directly affect the quality of all your brews. It’s a brave new world for brewing and Acaia is helping us get there.

你甚至可以搭配Master Brewprint沖煮,由店內一位咖啡師當頭,提供其他咖啡師們沖煮曲線做為沖煮時參考的參數。沖煮數據可由任何咖啡師設定,可以檢視當沖煮參數改變會如何影響沖煮品質,適用所有店內的沖煮法,這是咖啡沖煮上的一大創舉,而Acaia可以幫助我們達到那個境界。



Acaia Brewbar App, pricing TBD. iOS and Android tablets.







Beanstock



If you’re a fan of Kayak (online travel aggregator) or Untappd (beer logger and recommendation app) and you work in coffee, then Beanstock is probably right up your alley. This savvy little site has big dreams—to bring the world of green coffee to your fingertips without ever having to update your passport. While visiting origin and having direct trade relationships is a goal for many roasteries and even cafes these days, it’s just not possible for everyone to do it—especially smaller companies. But according to Lere Williams of Beanstock, this shouldn’t hold you back from having the best green coffee possible.

如果你是Kayak(線上旅遊平台)或是Untappd(啤酒製造商兼推薦啤酒的App)的粉絲,而且你是咖啡業內人,則Beanstock可能會是好選擇。這個精明的小網站有個夢想,你不需要拿出護照出國,就可以拿到咖啡生豆。許多烘豆師甚至咖啡店的夢想,就是拜訪咖啡原產地並與農民進行直接貿易,這不是每個人都可能做到的事,特別是越小的公司越不可能。但BeanstockLere Williams說,這不應該讓你在得到最棒的生豆上卻步。



“You should still have the same access about traceability and certifications as someone who trades directly,” Williams told Sprudge. Beanstock aggregates information about coffees from all over the web, indexing info about origin, producers, certifications, cupping notes, and more. You can search by origin or cupping notes like “fruity”; Beanstock even uses feedback from users to help recommend coffees they think you’ll like based on how you have searched and interacted with the site before. The goal is to collect information and increase transparency around coffees, for all companies big and small.

Williams說:「你應該像其他進行直接貿易的人一樣,提供咖啡的可追溯性及認證」,Beanstock蒐集網路上全部的咖啡資訊,根據原產地、生產者、認證、杯測紀錄等資訊製作索引。你可以透過輸入原產地或是杯測紀錄搜尋,如「水果風味」;Beanstock也利用使用者的回饋,並根據你在網站搜尋過的紀錄配對,推薦你可能會喜歡的咖啡。這個目標是蒐集資訊並提高咖啡資訊透明度,不論是對大公司還是小公司都一樣。



Beanstock.ag, free. Beta testing, invite only. Official launch in a few weeks.







Behmor Connected Coffee Maker App



It seems that Behmor has both feet firmly in the camp that apps are a helpful and necessary part of modern technology. Like the app-connected home roaster we featured in our showfloor tech review, the Behmor Connected Coffee Maker comes with its own app to help you control the machine. In fact, unlike their manual Brazen Plus Coffee Maker, you actually need the app to run the coffee maker.

Behmor認為App是現代科技很有幫助且成功的產物,像自家烘焙的烘豆師一樣,我們使用Behmor Connected Coffee Maker這個App可以幫助你掌控咖啡機。實際上,不同於Brazen Plus Coffee Maker的是,你必須使用這個App來操作機器。



From the home screen on the app, you can choose “Brew”, “Craft”, or “Buzz”. “Brew” asks you how many cups you’d like to make (6 or 8), whether your package is pre-ground or freshly ground, and how light or dark it is roasted. Using these parameters it preps the best temperature and preinfusion time. “Craft” gives you more control, allowing you to choose the temperature and preinfusion time yourself. “Buzz” is where Behmor hopes companies and baristas will share their recommended recipes for certain coffees so that home consumers can be sure to be getting the absolute best that their bag of coffee can offer.

在家使用這個App時,可以選擇自動沖煮手動沖煮分享參數。選擇自動沖煮要輸入需要的沖煮的杯數(68),選擇咖啡是已經磨好或是還沒磨的狀態,烘焙程度是多淺或多深,使用這些參數來對應出最佳沖煮溫度及悶蒸預浸的時間。手動沖煮給使用者更多控制的因素,你可以選擇沖煮溫度以及悶蒸預浸的時間。分享參數這個功能,是Behmor希望公司或咖啡師,可以分享他們對特定咖啡設定的沖煮參數,這樣一般消費者在家就可以用手邊的咖啡沖出最好的風味。





Perhaps the best part of the set-up is that you don’t even have to be in the same room to get your coffee going. Since the app connects via wifi and pairs with your phone, you can be coming home from the gym and get you water ready to brew. Or if you put your coffee in the filter the night before, all you have to do is roll over and hit a button to start brewing while you’re still snuggled in bed. You don’t ever have to leave the covers a moment before that morning brew is ready. Now that’s what we call progress.

而這個App最棒的地方,就是不需要在同一個空間也能操作咖啡機,只要透過wifi在手機連上App,就可以在從健身房回家的路上預設沖煮用水,或是晚上先把咖啡置入濾器,早上還在賴床的時候按下手機的選項就可以開始沖煮。以後早上煮咖啡前你不需要再做這些前置作業,這就是科技帶來的進步。





Behmor App, free. iOS and Android.











Cropster Roast Software



Cropster has been an integral tool for roasters for a few years now. But they know that providing their customers with the best service means keeping it fresh and updating the software. This doesn’t just mean including new functionality, but also improving how the interface itself looks. For a new suite of services we profiled on the site last week, Cropster recently teamed up with a UI designer to redesign the entire look of the app to make it more appealing, and a front end developer to make it easier to make use of the incredible amounts of data within it. This is where the biggest changes can be seen.

Cropster近年來已成為烘豆師重要的工具,提供給顧客好的服務就代表維持咖啡豆新鮮並更新應用軟體,不只是代表新功能而已,也必須改善操作介面。針對改善Cropster可參考以下文章: http://sprudge.com/coffee-tech-gets-better-with-a-new-suite-from-cropster-98054.html

Cropster最近跟UI設計師合作,重新設計App整個外觀,讓它看起來更吸引人,而開發者將其中的大量數據轉變得更簡單。這是我們可以看到很大的改變。





 “It lets the roasters easily look at their data, which usually takes up so much time,” says Devin Connolly, sales and support for Cropster. Making this wealth of data readily available to roasters allows them to make informed decisions. There are now features for sample management—label them, see who they came from, how much they cost, how much you plan to buy, etc. As for all the roasts that are tracked, you can now search for roasts by lot ID, origin, name, profile, who roasted it, first crack time, sensory score etc…

Cropster的銷售人員及支持者Devin Connolly說:「這個App幫助烘豆師更容易檢視他們的數據,而在檢視數據這階段往往會花費大量時間」。幫助烘豆師更有效率檢視數據,且可以幫助他們根據數據做出選擇。可以透過標籤標記來做樣本管理,豆子從哪裡進貨、他們的成本多少錢、計畫花多少錢進豆子等等。為了追溯全部的烘豆條件,可以搜尋咖啡豆出產批次的編號、產地、名稱、履歷、是誰烘的、烘豆一爆時間、杯測分數等等。





Roasters can see statistics and deviations to help them determine what works or doesn’t work in their roasts, and now can also track things like rate of rise. In short, it links data to quality, and allows roasters to sift through this data in minutiae to ensure that the quality of their roasts goes nowhere but up.

烘豆師可以看統計數據及差異值,來幫助他們判斷烘豆時什麼條件是有效果、什麼條件沒有效果,現在也可以追蹤像是成長率的數據,短時間內,可以連結數據與品質,讓烘豆師透過數據篩選出細節,確保烘豆品質越來越好。



Cropster Roast, Starter subscription from $79/mo up to Unlimited subscription for $439/mo..









OpenCup App



Bob Sanders has been managing professional cupping events for the Rainforest Alliance for many years, which means he’s seen it all when it comes to the business of organising a tasting bonanza. He’s watched people use paper spreadsheets for years, dealing with the frustration, uncertainties, and time-intensive work of trying to extract and understand data from so many cuppings. When looking at the current and future needs of a producer, co-op, buyer, etc… data can help us see a trend. And so OpenCup was devised to help better organise cupping events and make it easy to collate and use data from these important events.

Bob Sanders已經為雨林聯盟開發出專業的杯測軟體,代表他在整理分辨味覺這件事上看到了商機。他觀察多年來大家用杯測表格,使用杯測表時的挫折感、不確定感以及時間的壓力,杯測者必須試著品嘗並整理眾多杯測樣本。看著咖啡生產者、相關工作者、咖啡豆買家等,這些人現在及未來的需求,數據可以幫助我們看到趨勢。OpenCup想出更好用來整理杯測紀錄的方法,而且更容易蒐集及運用這些重要的資訊。





The app has a clean interface free from distraction, which is very important according to Sanders. “Technology has to be in the background. It can’t distract you from evaluating coffee.” The sensory attributes are scored using sliders, which lend a real-world kinesthetic feel to the app—something that paper-and-pen luddites might otherwise miss in other apps. After the cupping, data is easily sent back to the head cupper, who can then use OpenCup to collate all the scores and meaningfully sift through what it all means. High and low scores, medians and averages can all be shown, along with the ever-present hex graph showing all the cuppers’ scores. It’s sure to be an invaluable tool for all professional cupping outfits.

這個App介面友善,操作容易,其中Sanders功不可沒。「必須由科技做後盾,不會在評估咖啡時被干擾而分心。」紀錄感官時必須將感受分成區塊,所以必須在App上提供杯測者真實感受到的東西,這App對熟悉紙本作業的人來說可能難以接受。杯測後,資料很簡單就可以傳送給首席杯測師,而首席杯測師可以使用OpenCup來統整每個杯測者的分數,以及分數各自代表的含意。高分、低分,和平均分數水準都一目瞭然,只要參與杯測過程的人都會用六角圖來統計紀錄。這對專業杯測來說會是很寶貴的工具。





OpenCup, $19.99. Subscription to OpenCup+, $5.99/mo. 


















SCAA Expo App



If you attended the SCAA Expo, chances are that you downloaded the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Event app. Whether it’s to help you get around, keep connected via the activity feed, or look up the schedule of what’s happening, there’s no doubt that it’s an incredibly helpful tool for any attendee. But it’s just as valuable for the SCAA as well.

如果你有參加2016美國咖啡展,應該會有機會下載到美國精品咖啡協會(SCAA)App,不論App是用來幫你解決問題、連結事物或活動,或是查看時程,這些App對大家來說都很有幫助,而這對SCAA來說也很有幫助。



Every year they gather feedback from attendees and exhibitors and use it not only to improve the app, but the expo itself. One feature that has been added to the app due to feedback is the SCAA member cafe map, so that attendees could easily find SCAA-member cafes in the expo city each year. It’s also for people to connect and share what’s getting them excited about the event, whether it’s the lectures, the competitions, or all the stands in the exhibit hall.

每一年他們都會回收參展人與廠商的回饋,不僅用來改善App,也讓展覽內容越來越進步。因為回饋而新增的其中一個功能,就是SCAA會員的咖啡地圖,這樣參展的人可以很容易就找到這些SCAA會員的咖啡店攤位。這個App也讓大家可以分享展覽所看到的好東西、不論是課程、比賽或是展場任何的攤位。



“The activity feed has been surprising in how many attendees use it and how active they are,” says Tara Smith, the SCAA’s director of marketing and communication. “It seems they want a dedicated social space where they know it’s just people at the show who are also sharing their same experiences.” And it’s maybe a little healthy competition too. We’re sure we’ll get to the top of that leaderboard one day…

SCAA的行銷總監兼發言人Tara Smith說:「很驚訝有這麼多人在上面回饋,而且非常活躍,看起來這些人想在當中佔一席之地,並分享他們的所知以及他們的經驗。」這也許是一種良性競爭,相信我們都有機會成為當中的佼佼者!





SCAA Expo App, free. iOS and Android.





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