Brighten Up Your Cappuccino With a Pic On Top Thanks To Israeli Startup Steam CC

Hardware and Software Solution Creates Personalized Messages and Images onto Foam-Topped Coffee.


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Israeli startup Steam CC, parent of Ripples, is offering coffee lovers a new way to spice up their lattes and cappuccinos, and no its not doing so by adding spicy flavors to the drinks. The new Ripple Maker combines hardware and software to deliver a new communications platform that produces high-resolution designs and messages that are “Rippled” onto lattes, cappuccinos, or any foam-topped drink.

Would you like to see your own face on top of your afternoon coffee as you drink it? Well now you can. How about the image of someone who you do not like because you want to be able to “drink” him? Well you can do that too.

You can also add the images of your favorites ball team, celebrity, just about anything really.

The company is currently working with Lufthansa as the first global brand to adopt the technology and bring this new medium to their customers. So if you fly either business class or first class on the airline you’ll have your chance to try it out. If you fly coach then don’t expect to get any such drinks.

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The Ripple Maker works by combining patented 3D printer mechanics with Ink-Jet printing technologies using natural coffee extract, called Ripple Pods, to create the Ripples. Any venue that serves coffee – from coffee shops to cafes, restaurants, hotels, food service and events, as well as brands and marketers, will be able to take advantage of the opportunities for engagement, loyalty and emotional connection that Ripples provides.

Because the Ripple Maker is a connected device, the opportunities for creating content are infinite, ranging from inspirational messages and quotes, to messages about upcoming events, to personal birthday and other greetings. Any Ripples user can submit content to the open platform for consideration by the Ripples editors for addition to the platform.

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Baristas can choose their Ripples from the extensive catalogue of designs and messages, or have their customers send a photo, personal image or message and send it to their Ripple Maker through the Ripple app. The image is printed on the coffee in less than 10 seconds, using nothing but 100% natural coffee extract.

Priced at $999, the Ripple Maker will be available to commercial establishments that serve coffee, and will be delivered with service plans starting at $75 per month.The Ripples app is free to consumers, with no monthly subscription or in-app charges.

So we can expect Starbucks to offer the service any time now.

“We are excited to unveil the Ripple Maker and proud to announce Lufthansa as our first global brand, ” said Yossi Meshulam, CEO of Steam CC, parent of Ripples. “Our mission is to add meaning, depth and joy to the coffee experience, cup by cup. And this aligns so beautifully with Lufthansa’s commitment to ‘Nonstop You’.”

The Ripple Maker requires no special training, is small and convenient, and adds mere seconds to the coffee delivery process. Its intuitive display makes it simple to browse existing Ripple content which is arranged by themes (greetings, smart quotes, coffee humor, etc.), or to print a message that was sent by the Ripples app.

The company boasts that its Ripples app makes creating and sending a personal image as “simple as creating a social media post. The app functionality allows you to choose an existing image from Ripples’ content library, or submit an image from your camera roll which will be transformed into foam art at the venue. You can edit, scale, filter and even add text to the image.”

“Latte art is one the most shared images on social media. We’re taking latte art to a whole new level, ” added Meshulam. “When you put something beautiful in someone’s hands, they want to share it. That’s how we’re making a ripple on the world.”

Key elements of the Ripple Maker experience include:

Wi-Fi enabled device that neatly fits onto counter top with a small 8.5″ x 10.5″ footprint.

Creates high quality images or messages on foam topped drinks using pods filled with coffee bean extract.

As no artificial color is added, Ripple images are produced in “Coffee Scale” – coffee based shades rather than full color.

Adjusts automatically to a wide range of coffee cups up to 7″ high and 4.5″ wide, to produce Ripples that fit the diameter of the selected cup.

Ripples are produced within 10 seconds.

Ripples’ content library has hundreds of images and messages to choose from; new images constantly uploaded in real-time to the cloud, Coffee lovers can use the app to browse Ripples’ content library or submit their own image, picture, design or message that gets sent to their local Ripple Maker to produce.

Ripples’ content library is an open platform for any Ripple artist to submit images for consideration.


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