From flat white to flatstick: Fiat launches built-in coffee machine car

July 18th, 2012

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On the road and busting for a brew? Fiat’s got you covered.

The Italian car maker is giving punters worldwide another reason to buzz around in the 500L, a built-in Lavazza-branded coffee machine nestled next to the gear stick for coffee on the go.

(And you thought texting while driving was bad…)

The Lavazza ‘Coffee Experience’ kit includes cups, a spoon holder and a sugar dispenser. It sits between the two front seats next to the gear stick – careful which you grind! – and brews using Lavazza’s proprietary coffee pods, Modo Mios.

Fiat is touting it as the first of a kind, ‘the first production car in the world available with a fully integrated espresso coffee machine as an accessory’, but the idea is not new.

Earlier this year a French company released Handpresso Auto E.S.E, a portable espresso machine for cars. This gadget fits in a cup holder and similarly uses self-branded pots for a brew in under two minutes. Weighing in at under a kilogramme the portable coffee maker manages 16 bar pressure and is powered by the car’s 12V cigarette lighter.

The Fiat uses its own specific power source.

Fiat Australia has indicated the 500L could hit our shores by the second half of this year. The coffee machine accessory has been tipped to cost about $300.

Having once had to sit on the washing machine to stop it from bouncing into oblivion, Keri is today delighted with the new (smoother running) technologies that make housework easier every day. A self-confessed lazy-bones, Keri seeks out quirky inventions that ease the human workload, such as the robotic vacuum cleaner (wow). And as soon as someone figures out a Jetsons-like self-cleaning house, she will happily lay her pen to rest and retire from appliance journalism. Until then, her pick is a fridge that will tell her smartphone when it's time to pick up more beer on the way home. Magic.

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