A good cocktail takes time to make. But time is a luxury that we don’t usually have, especially at the end of a long day.
It’s precisely for this reason that the Somabar is an attractive proposition for the weary who need a richly deserved tipple, but who may be too tired to make one.
Somabar is a Wi-Fi connected craft cocktail appliance that’s designed to sit in your home kitchen. A crowdfunded project that’s currently being peddled on Kickstarter, the concept is so deceptively simple you’d wonder why you hadn’t thought about it yourself.
You fill (up to six) containers called Soma pods with spirits and mixers; not that different from the water tank of a Nespresso machine. Soma pods are easy to store in the refrigerator too, if necessary. You then select a recipe off your app, and within seconds, the Somabar will deliver you a perfectly mixed drink.
It’s the promise of ultimate simplicity that’s alluring, inasmuch as its design and its execution. The Somabar was designed with relatively few moving parts to reduce maintenance needs, save for the positive displacement pumps that draw the proportionate amounts of fluids required for the cocktail. The ingredients are mixed through the science of fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, and turbulence when they pass through an array of static vanes.
And it’s not the drinking that’s made easy too. The Somabar has an automated, internal water flushing system to make it easier to clean, while the Soma pods are dishwasher safe.
But what makes the Somabar the bomb – on paper at least – is all that tech and the modern comforts that it brings: the Somabar app. You can create and save your own recipes (bespoke cocktails anyone?) and share it with the community, or source other recipes from fellow users. It can also suggest drinks based on the ingredients you have as well as your preferences. The Somabar app even notify you if you are missing an ingredient or if it is running low.
The Somabar is available now at Kickstarter for an early bird price of US$399 (regular price US$499) sans shipping. It will never replace your artisan stuff, but the sheer convenience of its design puts the Somabar in a league of its own.