Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Wolfgang Puck: Food Hacker

Okay, I know a bunch of geeks are about to get on my case for not reading User Friendly in a while, because if I had been, I would have known about this sooner. And had I kept up to speed on my Make RSS feed, then I'm sure I would have known about it even sooner than that.

Wolfgang Puck has released self-heating coffee. I kid you not, you buy a can of the stuff, turn it over and fiddle with the bottom, and in 6 to 8 minutes, you have 145F coffee. Brilliant! It's the perfect on-the-go food! Er. Drink. If you like coffee. I can't stand the stuff. And even if I liked it, I'd have to go with decaf, because caffeine really messes with me these days. But still! What a concept!

There's only one problem. Well, one big one, maybe a few little ones, like people complaining about a slightly chemical taste. Apparently, the calcium oxide used for the self-heating unit has been finding its way into the coffee. But the big one is the explosions. That's right! Exploding coffee! Oops! Time for a recall. Oh, I'm so proud of Wolfgang!

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