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The Engineering Challenge That Has Vexed Coffee Snobs For Years


Three years ago, Dustin Sell couldn’t find the connected coffee maker of his dreams, so he decided to build one.

Having acquired a taste for pour-overs at coffee shops, Sell envisioned a smart coffee machine that automated the whole process, from grinding the beans to presoaking to brewing at precise temperatures. A companion smartphone app would let users start making coffee remotely, with brewing instructions supplied by skilled roasters. After some tinkering in his spare time, Sell quit his day job as a cloud computing architect at Microsoft, and launched a funding campaign on Kickstarter.

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