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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Techie Tuedsay: Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Latte

Will it taste like Puck? Posted by Hello

In what must be the single greatest canned bevereage idea since Pocari Sweat, Wolgang Puck, utilizing the latest in military food technology, will soon be offering up a single-serving coffee can that heats itself.
Beginning Jan. 2, consumers can buy a 10-ounce container of Wolfgang Puck gourmet latte at the store and heat it by pressing a button. No electricity. No batteries. No appliances.

"It will expand the way people drink coffee," says Puck, the celebrity chef with a growing empire.

How does the can do it? A single step mixes calcium oxide (quicklime) and water. It heats the coffee to 145 degrees in six minutes — and stays hot for 30 minutes.

It sounds like a technology used by soldiers to heat Meals-Ready-To-Eat. But MREs mix magnesium iron oxide and water and need several steps. This is one-step and self-contained.

I wonder if he is working on any other military dining technologies such as:
"The pouch - containing chicken and rice - relies on osmosis to filter the water or urine," the New Scientist Magazine reported.

(Via Slashdot)