Calling All Contacts
We’ve just been informed that the programmer/software developer who was supposed to be coding our GUI is currently facing an unexpected and dire personal situation which is affecting his ability to work on this project.
Consequently, we’re searching for a new software/firmware engineer who will be able to carry the coding of the project through to completion. (The software and board design are currently being done by the same company. They’re still approaching completion of the board design, but it looks like we’ll need to bring someone else on board for software development.)
The design firm is searching, and we’ve reached out to our various alumni/professional networks, but you guys are pretty much the best network of people who know about the project and have an interest in seeing it completed quickly and competently - so we’re issuing a call for help!
We need a firmware engineer with experience in GUI programming/development, who is familiar with the LPC1788 and IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM. Someone in Atlanta or the southeast is ideal, but not required. Familiarity with espresso machines would be great, but we know that’s a tall order.
Shoot an email to email@example.com if you or someone you know fits the bill, or if you have any other questions.
We’ve been pulling shots on the machine for an hour or two, and it’s looking good (at least the machine is; we’ve gotten a bit rusty). Something to note is that, currently, the pump PID is set in 10 increments from on to off, so the pump sounds a little choppy. Since the resolution of pump rates is so low, you can clearly hear what’s going on. The pump pumps at a rate bringing the pressure up to 9 Bar, stops pumping as it’s about to overshoot, and starts pumping again as the pressure drops slightly. The result is that the pressure and flow rate throughout the shot remains in a narrow range.
Ultimately, the number of increments will be higher so there will be less of the “on-off” feel of the pump, but this is a good acoustic representation of how PID works.
Igor, Gleb, Janet & Rachel
pledged of $20,000 goal
seconds to go
Dec 11, 2011 - Jan 20, 2012 (40 days)
Pledge $1 or more
And they say you can’t get good coffee for $1 anymore! But your $1 is getting us that much closer to great at-home espresso - we couldn’t do it without you! A hearty thanks, and we’ll put your name on our website. Every dollar counts!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Shot glasses are more than just cute miniature versions of regular glasses - they’re great for your espresso, for your liquor, for growing tiny plants in...With a $10 pledge you get shot glasses with our logo! Just use responsibly.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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Coffee is great for warming you up on a chilly day, but sometimes you need to take it to the next level and put on some clothes. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (literally! - you like that?). Enjoy one of our cozy, and stylish, ZPM T-shirts. And the shot glasses are all yours, too.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Our machines do a lot of the work of making perfect espresso, but you’ve got to help out too. To show our gratitude, we’re making it as easy as possible by giving you the tools you require - namely, a fancy-schmancy tamper for all your tamping needs (probably just espresso, but who knows?). Add that to the t-shirt and shot glasses, and you’ll be sitting pretty.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $75 or more
There’s no better feeling than unwrapping a box of presents - except maybe the feeling of playing with a bunch of presents. Forgive us for spoiling the surprise, but here’s what you’ll be getting from us: a shot glass, a t-shirt, a tamper, and your very own bag of artisan coffee beans. With our box of gifts, it’ll feel like Christmas in...whatever month you get your box of gifts!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $200 or more
450 backers All gone!
For a $200 pledge, you’re pre-ordering one of our very first machines, a $400 retail value! It can be hard to be one of the first to brave new frontiers, but don’t worry - there’s no river-crossings or dysentery in store for you, just awesome home-brewed espresso.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $250 or more
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If you want to boldly brew as you’ve never brewed before, this is your level. For $250, you’ll receive everything you need to craft the perfect espresso - one of our first machines, a bag of artisan coffee beans, shot glasses, and a tamper. And you can savor it while wearing one of our t-shirts. A $470 value!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $300 or more
244 backers Limited (6 of 250 left)
So you didn't manage to snag one of our $200 reward level machines and now you're sitting around all bummed out. Well, buck up, my friend, because we're not going to abandon you. For $300, you can still pre-order a machine. And our later machines will incorporate any user feedback we get from the early birds - so sometimes it pays to wait.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $350 or more
114 backers Limited (136 of 250 left)
We know you were just dying to pledge at our $250 reward level, but, you know, a lot of stuff came up, what with the holidays and TV being so good lately, and you never got around to it...and now it's sold out! Fear not, dear backer. You can still pledge to get our machine and box of goodies that includes shot glasses, t-shirt, espresso tamper, and a bag of artisan roasted coffee beans; a $470 dollar retail value! They'll arrive a little later, but the anticipation is half the fun.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $675 or more
So you know you want our espresso machine - great! But you also know you'll have a hard time tamping whole beans. We're in the business of solving problems, so let us help you out. For $675, you get our machine AND a Baratza Vario grinder (a $869 value)! Grind away! (This is a 120V/US-shipping only reward level.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $725 or more
You're clearly in it to win it at this point, so you may as well spring for the deluxe edition. Our machine, a Baratza Vario grinder, a t-shirt, a tamper, shot glasses, and a bag of Batdorf & Bronson Dancing Goats coffee (a $939 retail value). That's right, we will meet all your fashion and beverage needs. You never need to leave the house again. (This is a 120V/US shipping-only reward level.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
10 backers All gone!
If you’ve always dreamed of being a self-sufficient one-man (or -lady) coffee shop, this is where you need to be. For $1000, we’ll custom build a machine to your specifications (!), send you all of our ZPM logo products, shot glasses, a tamper, a bag of artisanal coffee, and your very own grinder. Now all you need is a patch of good bean-growin’ land in Colombia, and you’ll be set for life.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012