Unveiled at CES 2022, the $300 Black + Decker Bev is an automatic bartender that whips up the tastiest cocktails and mocktails for you on the spot. It occupies about the same space as a Keurig, and strangely enough, comes immediately after Keurig announced it was terminating its own $300 cocktail maker project. What the Black + Decker Bev offers is pretty much in the same ball-park when it comes to functionality. The kitchen countertop appliance sports a 6-bottle layout that lets you easily load 5 750ml alcohol bottles of your choice along with a sixth spot for Bev’s water chamber. Stainless steel straws descend into each bottle, allowing Bev to conveniently (and accurately) suck up precisely calibrated portions of alcohol to conjure up cocktails. No more mounting bottles upside down like other cocktail makers/dispensers.
To create different cocktails, Bev works on a disposable pod system quite similar to Keurig and Nespresso. Created in partnership with Bartesian, Black + Decker plans on releasing as many as 40 different beverage pods with pre-mixed juices, bitters, and syrups that just need to be popped into the appliance. Once a pod is loaded, you can select how intense you want your cocktail, and Bev does the rest, mixing the ingredients together and dispensing your final cocktail directly into a glass. The entire process takes all of 30 seconds, and yes, Bev even comes with a mocktail setting for people who don’t drink.
The product’s slated to be available in May, and Black + Decker’s mentioned that it doesn’t come with Bluetooth or a smartphone app. It does, however, sport a ‘Party Mode’ that uses LEDs under the bottles to create a pretty nifty ambiance!
Designer: Black + Decker