Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Lack of Cool Makes It Cool



The picture above is of the coffee I had this morning. I had to go to Walmart to get some stuff for the Potluck at work and just happened to see this on the shelf. While not the best cafe mocha in the world, it is a very cool idea. I can't even begin to imagine the huge number of jobs out there where the workers would love to have some warm coffee readily available but can't because of a lack of ability to heat things during their work day.

They way the coffee heats is genius in its simplicity. Located under the bottom of the cup is a small button that you push on before opening the coffee. When you push it, a small container of water is punctured on the inside. The water flows into another opening which contains Quicklime, or Calcium Oxide (CaO). The reaction between H2O and CaO is exothermic, meaning it creates heat. This is kept separate from the coffee, which is good since the end result, Ca(OH)2, can be a health hazard if you are over exposed (besides the fact it would make your coffee task pretty bad). After about 5-8 minutes heat sensitive ink on the side of the package changes from pink to white and your coffee is ready to drink. 

I think the cost of it was about a $1.50, although I'm not sure since there isn't a price on the can and I already through away the receipt 

5 comments:

shana the amazing beautiful fakarican said...

you have way too much time on your hands john...lol...besides coffee tastes like shit and makes teeth YELLOW.....EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Trassin said...

Na, coffee is one of the basic food groups.

Anonymous said...

as will ferrel said in 'kickin and screamin' ... coffee is the life blood that fuels champions

Oreo said...

That's a truly awesome concept, even for something as gross as coffee. If it were for tea, however, I'd be all over it!

Trassin said...

I see no reason why they couldn't do it for tea. They would just have to add a little more quicklime/water (which ever is the limiting reagent)to the bottom and figure out some way to allow someone to add a tea bag to it without burning themselves.