Can technology merge successfully with the foodie and maker movements to create a transformative consumer product that changes the way we work in our kitchens? The Perfect Company is working to do just that.
We recently visited the test kitchen of Perfect Company to bake some gluten-free and vegan cupcakes using their Perfect Bake product, featuring many Oregon-based ingredients, with head of recipe development Matthew Barbee, and COO and co-founder Miriam Kim.
Perfect’s business is to design and develop smart products for the smart home. Through their cool products–such as the Perfect Bake and Perfect Drink, their aim is to bring “perfection to your kitchen as well as your lifestyle”. The products merge a simple and elegant scale with a smartphone or iPad app, and walks you through every step of the baking or drink-making process, measuring each ingredient by weight and (literally) telling you when to stop as you put them into the bowl or glass.
It’s also a product and company that’s caught the attention of Oregon angel investors – in November of 2015, the Oregon Angel Fund led a $4 Million investment round which will help the company expand its marketing reach and create new products, including the Perfect Blend, launching later this year.
While making the peanut butter frosting for our cupcakes, we also chatted with Miriam Kim about the Perfect Company story, their innovative food & beverage products and technologies, and how they were able to go from idea to production of their first Perfect product in just 10 months (you don’t want to miss that part).
And oh yes, the cupcakes were delicious.
Here’s the interview:
And, here’s a list of the Oregon-based products we used in the cupcakes:
(full disclosure: Terry is an investor in the 2015 Oregon Angel Fund, which has invested in the Perfect Company)