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    13 Hours Ago
    We're making good progress on making production versions of the "refill kit" for people who bought the DE1PRO+ and for the future DE1CAFE. We've...
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    13 Hours Ago
    I'm not expert on why this is allowed, but the way I read it, the directive states: The directive requires all member states to take the necessary...
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    19 Hours Ago
    Making a machine to EU specs is more expensive than to UL specs. We have triple safeties in place now, because thermal fuses are needed for EU,...
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    1 Day Ago
    I had to stifle a giggle as I envisioned the email I'd receive if I added a line like this to your invoice: - CE safety compliance fee: 70 and...
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    1 Day Ago
    Another small "whoops" was realized by us today, after shipping our first DE1+ to Seattle. We need to eliminate all water from inside the water...
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    3 Days Ago
    When you add one of our espresso machines to your shopping cart, VAT + duty + shipping is added to the bill, so that you'll receive the machine...
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    3 Days Ago
    Our first-espresso-machine-out-the-door arrived safely in Seattle. We got a "post-mortem" on our boxing and packaging today. While the espresso...
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    4 Days Ago
    All our espresso machines for the past 3 years have always been insulated, and our control systems have assumed insulation. We didn't insulate this...
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    6 Days Ago
    The Chinese New Year holiday starts today in Hong Kong, and so we're enjoying a 4-day mandatory pause from work. Our landlord is painting the...
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    6 Days Ago
    Our first espresso machine to leave Decent (or under my supervision when I've been on tour) went out the door today. I believe this might be the...
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    6 Days Ago
    Final touches were applied today to our "golden master" espresso machine, and it's now done. We've already built two of them, and we have 6 more...
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    1 Week Ago
    Here's a link to an "Advanced drilling tips" article that I found excellent, and some choice bits too:...
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    1 Week Ago
    The problem with a jig is that each ceramic piece has shrunk and warped ever so slightly differently, making hole alignment difficult. However, were...
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    1 Week Ago
    I hadn't looked at how our final sales numbers broke down until last week, and I was surprised to find that 42% of our first 300 customers had opted...
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    1 Week Ago
    Pressure is surprisingly easy, because the pressure sensor has a near instant response, so it's just a question of adjusting the pump strength. If we...
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    1 Week Ago
    Mid-April is my guesstimate for starting to ship "the rest of the world", if I assume UL certification completes mid-March, and that CE/World...
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    1 Week Ago
    Our espresso machine factory is slowly starting to look a bit civilized, as we prepare to ramp up production (and hire more people) in about 5 weeks...
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    1 Week Ago
    We are color coding all our wires and sensors in 11 different colors, using a colored fiber sleeve. To make the colored sleeve, we've been using...
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    1 Week Ago
    We'll be verifying the calibration this week, and stress testing the 10 machines for 7 days before sending them to anyone. In about 2 weeks, we'll...
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    1 Week Ago
    Our "first production machine" is now up and running, and we're working through the final problems before making a lot more identical machines. ...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Yes, once we have stock of the SSP burrs (~6 weeks), we'll be offering a +~USD$200 option to have SSP burrs in the grinder, instead of the standard...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    The Sage DB (also known as the BDB = Breville Double Boiler) uses a boiler (actually 2 boilers, one for steam, one for hot water), and my...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I was asked today about the status of our grinder https://decentespresso.com/pro_grinder which is in this photo below, taken at our coffee station...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Sorry Jon, are you asking about the Decent water heater or another one? There is no concept of "capacity" to it, because it heats on demand. The...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Also note that temperature accuracy with such heaters is NOT VERY GOOD, and this includes ours. This is because the amount of time water remains in...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I've seen this technology in some Nespresso machines, though ours is larger than any I've seen elsewhere and has a long 1.2M water path. An...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Mechanical Engineering Student Interns Tommy and Charlotte are today using our new tube-cutting machine to precisely cut lengths of silicone water...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Intertek has asked for detailed information on exactly how our hot water heaters are built as part of their UL compliance review. Unfortunately, our...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I have 3000 meters of a special run of "grounding wire" coming this week. This is 14AWG 200C green/yellow wire. This was one of our Intertek...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Enough custom-made electrical cables for 350 espresso machines arrived today (yes, they're VERY late in their delivery). We've been making these...
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