Black + Decker’s Bev is a $300 Keurig for cocktails

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It now seems inevitable that one day all of our food and drink needs will be delivered in pod form. The Keurig showed us how easy it was to make brown caffeinated water from beans, and now Black+Decker’s Bev will do the same for cocktails, mixing ingredient-filled capsules with five different liqueurs for those who want the at-home bar experience without any work. to do .

Mixing cocktails is not a particularly demanding task, but it does require enough patience to use a measuring tool like a jigger, or enough composure to pour ingredients accurately. By the end of the night, most of us miss both, so the Bev promises to do all the hard work for you, and without the risk of spilling when someone feels inspired to try flair bartending.

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Instead of ground coffee in pods, the Bev Bartesian’s cocktail capsules (sold separately), containing the ingredients for over 40 different cocktails, as well as a barcode on top of each pod that the Bev scans to know the types and amounts of drink to dispense.

The Bev has a container for water like most instant coffee machines, but also includes spaces for five liquor bottles: gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey. Users can install any brand of drink they prefer, as the Bev uses long metal straws to extract the product from each bottle, although there seems to be a limit to how long or wide each bottle can be. Black+Decker lists compatibility as being for “five standard 750ml bottles”, meaning most popular brands will work.

Users can keep an eye on how full each bottle is while using the Bev, but the machine also automatically detects when a specific drink has run out, or when there isn’t enough to mix a cocktail at a selected strength, and will warn the user before attempting to make the drink. The machine also has LED accent lighting to illuminate each bottle, and an optional party mode that lights each bottle in sequence for an extra layer of fun.

The Bev is undoubtedly a lot cheaper than paying a professional bartender to mix drinks for you at home (and $150 cheaper than Bartesian’s own automated cocktail maker) but of course it is not cheaper than mixing it yourself. The Bartesian capsules cost just over $3 each (or slightly cheaper if you buy them in packs of 32 instead of just eight) and the Bev itself will retail for $300 sometime in the spring, plus the cost of strong drink. If that sounds like a bargain, well, you must really hate measuring.

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