For the caffeine-addicted among us, coffee is life. There are a seemingly endless number of options when it comes to how you make your coffee: a regular drip coffee maker, a Keurig for quick and easy coffee, Aeropress or French press when you want quality, or even high-end Italian espresso machines if you’ve got money to burn. But, if you want some incredible coffee that is brewed specifically to your tests, the best option is to create your own machine.
That’s what Mugsy, which won an Editor’s Choice Award at the World Maker Faire in NYC, does. Matthew Oswald devised the system using open source components and software, along with code they wrote specifically for the project. As you might expect, Mugsy was built using a Raspberry Pi and Arduino, but it’s the incredible number of features that really makes it stand out.
It uses a burr grinder (important for you coffee connoisseurs), and essentially every aspect of the brewing process is configurable. Grind size, water temperature, bloom time, and pour-over pattern can all be set by the user. Mugsy even utilizes a massive database of different coffee beans, and knows how to properly brew whatever beans you’re using.
Hold your applause, because there is more: using RFID-equipped mugs, it can remember your preferences, and brew your perfect cup every time. It can also be operated remotely by text messages and tweets, so you can have your coffee done by the time you walk into the kitchen.
While there isn’t a detailed build log available yet, Oswald intends to write one up. Even better, they’re planning on manufacturing a limited run of Mugsy units. If coffee is an important part of your life, as it is ours, this is definitely something to keep tabs on.