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Thanks to the latest technology from Google and Amazon, the future has arrived and the newest tech is designed to make our lives easier. In most cases, all it takes it a little ingenuity and some planning to teach Alexa and Google how to perform the tasks that we don’t want to do, or the ones that will help save us time.
Sure, they can turn on lights when you’re away from home, or send the robot out to clean the floors, but did you know that they can also help brew your morning cup of coffee?
Automation is the way of the future, so learning how you can add it to your morning routine will only serve to make your life easier.
How Alexa And Google Can Make Your Coffee
Most home automation systems like Amazon’s Alexa can do basic things like set reminders, add items to a shopping list, play songs at will and offer you the day’s weather forecast. However, with a little effort and forward thinking it is possible to automate all kinds of things in your house, from lights to fans and even your morning coffee.
The first step to automating your coffee is to plug your coffeemaker into an Alexa or Google-approved plug so that your coffeemaker can communicate with your automation device. Once they’re able to communicate, you can start setting timers and programming instructions.
Your Alexa device can turn your coffeemaker on at any time, so you will need to have the coffee grinds at the ready so that all that needs to be done is for the machine to turn on. That way, all you need to do is to issue a command to your device, as in “Alexa, please turn on the coffeemaker,” and your coffeemaker will turn on. And voila, coffee!
Why Alexa Is Better Than Your Coffee Maker’s Timer
You might be wondering why using Alexa or Google is more beneficial than just setting your coffee maker’s programmable timer. After all, the steps would essentially be the same, given that you have to have the grinds, water and filter ready in advance.
The major benefit to using Alexa or Google is that if your coffee maker is ready to go, you can ask Alexa to start brewing at any time, and the coffee would be done. And that means you can have your coffee waiting for you when you get out of the shower or before you get home. You don’t have to be there to set the timer, and that’s the key. You can’t remotely access the timer on your coffee maker.
This is definitely a perk and not a necessity, of course. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to your coffee maker’s timer, but with Alexa you don’t need to have a specific time to brew your coffee. That way, should you wake up at different points during the week, all you have to do is ask Alexa to start the coffee when you wake up, and by the time you trek to the kitchen your coffee is freshly brewed. In other words, if you decide to have a two hour lie-in on Saturday you won’t have a pot of coffee that has been sitting for two hours.
Remote access to your coffee maker is also a nice touch for couples who want to do nice things for each other. If you know your wife is due home at 6:30 after a long day at work, you can have the coffee waiting for her even if you’re not home to make it.
This is but one idea for automating your morning coffee. Once you learn how to do it, you might find all sorts of ways to use your Alexa device to help you with your coffee.