Yomee is a DIY yoghurt maker aiming for much less plastic, extra alternative

Yomee is an automated yoghurt machine with eco-friendly capsules.

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If you happen to’ve ever tried to make your personal yoghurt, you will know it may be laborious work. However Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Ashok Jaiswal desires to make it easy, and eco-friendly besides.

The entrepreneur’s Yomee machine takes the fuss out of creating yoghurt, and whereas there are different machines out there that may do that, Jaiswal’s Yomee goals to be higher for the setting and provide you with extra alternative.

Rival yoghurt makers work with Okay-cup-style milk packets that include yoghurt tradition, which you need to use earlier than a sure date. However Yomee has compressed the tradition into self-contained soluble pods that dissolve into milk. Assuming Yomee is packing a number of pods per package deal, this could go away you with much less plastic waste to fret about. 

It additionally means you get to decide on the kind of milk you employ. So in case you’re lactose illiberal, you’ve the choice to make yoghurt from almond, coconut, soy and even rice milk.

The Yomee heats your milk to 185 levels Fahrenheit (85 Celsius) with a ceramic heating ingredient to pasteurize it. It is then cooled all the way down to 115 levels Fahrenheit (46 Celsius) and the tradition pod is dropped in to show the milk into yoghurt earlier than it is chilled to 50 levels Fahrenheit (10 Celsius). The primary draw back: Every serving takes about six hours to make and is sufficient for 2.

The Yomee comes with a companion app that lets you choose from three totally different types: Greek, conventional or smoothie. It additionally consists of recipes with calorie data and allows you to order a pod refill.

In fact, in case you decide to Yomee, you are additionally committing to these proprietary pods — a cut price of comfort that is acquainted to any Okay-cup espresso fan. It additionally means you are betting on Yomee to remain round and proceed making suitable pods. Ten pods of 20 servings will value $9.90, whereas a month-to-month subscription mannequin of 20 pods of 40 servings is more likely to go for $15. They’ve a shelf lifetime of six months.

The Yomee is at present stay on Kickstarter for $99 (which converts to about £75 or AU$125) and comes with 20 pods. Yomee plans to promote the machine in nations together with the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand. 

Early pledges can get three months’ value of pods at no cost. The Yomee is anticipated to ship in April subsequent yr.

As at all times, please be aware that CNET’s reporting on crowdfunding campaigns is just not an endorsement of the mission or its creators. Earlier than contributing to any marketing campaign, learn the crowdfunding website’s insurance policies — on this case, Kickstarter — to search out out your rights (and refund insurance policies, or the shortage thereof) earlier than and after a marketing campaign ends.

Replace, 1:08 p.m. ET: Added extra context and crowdfunding disclaimer.

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