Consider the Ratio Eight: a luxurious and attractive home coffee brewer first announced in 2013, and one of the original automatic brewers to make coffee with water within the SCA-approved temperature range. But the coffee maker was beset by production delays, and faced a major fundamental issue keeping it out of the hands of most consumers: the price. Ranging between $500 and $750+, the Ratio Eight was prohibitively expensive for most home users. (Why spend espresso machine money when a $40 Chemex or $129 Bonavita could do the trick?)
To combat this, Ratio has just announced their newest creation. Dubbed the Ratio Six and now live on Kickstarter, the new brewer is slightly smaller in size, and sports a similarly reduced price tag.
Functionally, the Ratios Six and Eight are very similar. Both machines have a 1.25 liter/40 ounce brew capacity made using a simple one-button design to initiate the two-stage (bloom and brew) system. But whereas the Eight also put an emphasis on super premium materials like walnut and hand-blown glass, the Six features “precision formed stainless steel, borosilicate glass, and high end BPA-free copolymers,” and is designed to last for at least five years of regular use.
Thanks to the new construction, the retail price for the Ratio Six has dropped considerably from that of the Eight, listing at $345. And if that is still too much of a spicy meatball for your bank account, did I mention it’s currently in Kickstarter, the home of deep discount pre-sale pricing? For the 99 quickest-acting individuals, the Ratio Six will be available at nearly half off, at a cool $194. After that, the brewing system will be available for Kickstarter early-but-not-super-early adopters at $242 or $272, if you want them to include two 10-ounce bags of coffee from Portland’s Good Coffee.
Rewards for backers are scheduled to be delivered in December 2019—just in time for the holiday season—and Ratio founder Mark Hellweg tells Sprudge the company is quite confident they will hit that deadline. That would make it perhaps the first coffee crowdfunding project to hit its delivery date, so take that for what you will. But someone’s gotta be the first, right?
For more information on the Ratio Six, visit their Kickstarter page.
Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.
Top image via Ratio Coffee