I’m new to this project in general, I just discovered this a few weeks ago and have not ordered a unit.
It’s been fascinating to read the recent (and not so recent) developments.
It’s clear that the design is not completed. Probably there is a lot of both small and large issues to reach a production ready design. If basic stuff like a grinder basket bracket is not complete, then who knows how many issues really exist.
From researching this i have not really seen any good pictures / videos showcasing the entire process from grinding, dosing grinds, distributing grinds, boiling water and dosing water.
Reading between the lines i am quite sure this will never be completed as long as this is a one man show. Matt is doing all the engineering, all the production and aquisition and all the software commits on Git. It seems there has been a lot of good work on the software side, but not so much work on the HW side.
I’m sure a lot of you guys are experienced in the DIY community. Maybe some of you would volunteer to get a box of the current parts (with all flaws and missing parts, and without build instructions) and make this a community project where the design can be open sourced and continuously improved by the community.
The way this is heading now i don’t think anyone will get a kit, completed or incomplete.
How can Mugsy possibly be sold for 150 USD? Mugsy has a lot of expensive parts:
- Construction is from extruded 80/20 aluminum (expensive!)
- Acrylic side panels, that is not really needed
- Metallic burr grinder - this has to be a large percentage of the total costs!
- TFT touchscreen
- Expensive and complicated design for the filter rotator unit.
I would think the parts alone must be close to 150 USD.
In the meantime i have started my own DIY project for a simpler version of a auto pour over brewer, with a minimum of parts and cheapest possible design.