Sunday, January 21, 2007

Inventors: Million Dollar Idea -- Free

Okay, you inventors, here is an idea I give you free.  It may make you rich; you're welcome.

I'd do it myself, but I am busy with my journal, Dribble.

Perceived problem:  the waitress dashing about the dining room servine coffee... with TWO COFFEE POTS, one in each hand. One had regular coffee and the other had de-caff (decaffenated).  She would pour the kind of coffee each resident requested, using one hand or the other.  It was slow, awkward, and, in fact she says, painful, using both hands that way. 

Proposed solution: a coffee pot that pours either regular OR de-caffeinated coffee at the touch of a button.

Okay, Inventors, here's what you need to do.  Design an insert that will slip into an ordinary Silex style coffee pot that will hold the de-caffeinated coffee.  A simple flapper valve operated by a button on the handle will shut off the regular coffee and let the de-caff flow. 

The waitress can handle the pot  with one hand, dispensing either style of coffee, and with the other she can hold the cup.  At present, she can only fill cups that are sitting on the table. 

Just think of the millions of coffee pots now in service that can be upgraded with your invention.  Hundreds of thousands of waitresses will thank you.  Who knows how far they will go with their gratitude?  You may even get a few proposals...(or propositions). 

Your name may not become a household word, but you will be rich.  If you come to live in our old folks home in retirement, you'll have enough money to pay the rent, and even go to Starbucks for coffee from time to time.  Come to think of it, Starbucks might be your biggest customer.

I don't expect a cut of your riches for giving you this idea, but you can buy me a cup of coffee (regular) at any time.


garnett109 said...

Great Idea!

jckfrstross said...

smart idea:) hope you are feeling better:)


nyboots said...

You alwasy crack me up,,what an excellent idea!!!

jocalodave said...

Stop! Thief!!

You have absconded with MY idea, Chuck!! Several months ago, while being served coffee in our cross-town retirement complex -- on the north side of Olive -- I came up with an idea for the very same kind of implement.

I called my variation the “Burke Bifurcated Caff, De-Caff, Coffee Service System.”

And you also swiped my idea of offering the idea free to anyone with the ambition and ability necessary to make it a reality.

Now don't get me wrong, my friend, I'm pleased that the concept is spreading -- whether our two minds were operating in parallel channels or whether you read my mind (or I projected the idea to you via some psychic ability I don't know I have). In any event, it’s about time someone addressed this critical need and unshackled coffee servers worldwide.

Now, I'm not even asking for recognition. But I do believe I'm entitled to an invitation on the day the inventor buys that cup of coffee for you. Please keep me in mind.

By the way, I've also invented a new beverage: “Cochocatea.”

It's three parts coffee, two parts tea and one part hot chocolate. I've tested it a couple of times and my untrained palette found it to be palatable. There are endless variations with flavors of tea and other additives.

Perhaps a trifurcated Coff/choc/Tea server could be developed to dispense fresh Cochocatea…