Braun Aromaster KF 20: A Coffee Maker Only an Astronaut Could Have Truly Appreciated

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Even if it brewed the worst cup of coffee known to man, I would still drink whatever the Braun Aromaster KF 20 dripped into my cup because I'd be so hypnotized by its beauty.

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Designed in 1972 by Florian Seiffert, the KF 20 has an unconventional form factor, but doesn't lose the clean, simple lines that make it so approachable. And not only does the yellow model look like a lego minifig head, but the KF 20 also made a cameo appearance in Alien, according to Wary Meyers. And they're not abundant either: for example, there's currently a single unit up for auction on eBay, and the opening bid is $311. [Wary Meyers, You Might Find Yourself]

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I recall these. Its small footprint made it a bit unstable. Also, boiling water courses up through one of the metal support "legs" leading to possible burns, not to mention voltage is also somehow run up to the powerswitch via the same "legs" meaning electrocution is also possible as the heater tubes corrode over time. Braun appliances were expensive and you could get a Mr.Coffee for much less.

The 1970's were much different. Japanese TVs were notorious for melting or catching on fire, you could buy steel bladed fans without cages, buy foot-long steel "lawn darts", and nobody sued. I Doubt Braun could ever get away with a design like this today without being sued into oblivion.