We’re writing today to let you know that beta testing is under way! We received a ton of emails from volunteers, and the final beta list was created from a balanced group of users with some priority given to the original backer queue, and are sincerely grateful to everyone who reached out to show their continued enthusiasm for the project.
About half of the beta machines have already gone out, and we’re shipping the rest as they roll off the line. As always, it’s going slower than we’d all like, but it’s progress!
Three tweaks made, more to come
We’ve already worked through three modifications to the beta design:
- We’ve added a deburring step to ensure that all of the edges of the machine are smooth - as there were some sharp edges that caused snags when inserting and removing the portafilter.
- We modified the portafilters to have a 15˚ angle at the handle, which makes them easier to insert into the group head without knuckle knocking or knocking the portafilter itself, which can break the seal between the puck and the portafilter basket wall.
- We modified the drip tray to make it easier to lift out of the machine.
We’re already hearing some great feedback on user experience, and once testing is complete we’ll update with a summary of everything that’s been identified, as we’ll likely see a combination of hardware tweaks that need to be made before further machines ship out, and software improvements that can be released as updates while machines are shipping.
Okay, but how's the coffee?
All the feedback we're getting from beta folks is that the espresso the machine is making is great and consistent. Hooray! That's what we're all here for, so hopefully that's reassuring to everyone who's supported the project!
Slow and steady progress, but the end is near!