ROME – If you think a smartphone’s case is all about protection, you are wrong. An Italian company has launched the world’s first smartphone case that also serves users a warm shot of espresso whenever and wherever they want.
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Smart K, the Italian company that came up with the concept for Mokase, claims that they were looking for a way to make coffee available anywhere, and pairing it with the smartphone just made the most sense.
“We thought, ‘how to make it always available? Why not join it to a gadget that is already a piece of our lifetime?’ the smartphone is the answer,” Smart K stated in a press release.
The heat-proof case, which fits a variety of smartphone models from brands like Apple, Samsung or LG, works with thin capsules containing the water and ground beans necessary to prepare the espresso.
All you have to do is insert a capsule into the case, and whenever you feel the need for a fresh shot of espresso, all you have to do is access the Mokase app on your phone and press a virtual button.
A built-in battery will heat up the coffee in the capsule to around 50-60 degrees Celsius.
When it’s ready, another button press in the Mokase app will allow you to pour the espresso through an orifice at the top of the case.
You’ll only get around 25ml of espresso out of a single capsule, slightly less than a regular shot of espresso, which is an ounce, or 29ml.
Smart K says that the pipe through which the espresso is pumped is made of an alloy aluminum-silicon that can handle hot liquids without releasing any toxins.
The Mokase case is available for pre-order on the Mokase website, and will set you back €50 ($56). You can also order disposable coffee capsules in packs of 15, 30 or 50.