MiniBrew Update June 2016

By Patrick Layer
June 3rd, 2016
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MiniBrew Discovery App Questionnaire

Hardware update, MiniBrew Discovery App and more

June is here. It’s show time at MiniBrew HQ. We’re firing up the power to get your MiniBrew in your kitchen, office or even restaurant. We've finally gotten all the parts for the BETA machine and are putting them together as we speak. Our team is busy, very excited and we can’t wait to let you brew your own beer very soon. - This update, we’ll dive into - Update hardware status - Preview BETA interface test of the MiniBrew Discovery App - Production will start soon. Our co-founders, Oliver and Bart will be visiting production facilities in China

MiniBrew Beta model status

We've spent the last 2 months iterating on every detail from the electronics to the mechanics and we are super excited to begin with releasing the first machines to the beta backers over the next few weeks! Right now, we are building each one by hand to ensure that all machines come out working great. It makes for a lot of work and care but it's incredibly rewarding.
MiniBrew building

Our lab where we welt everything together

Working on the inner keg part

Working on the inner part of the keg

MiniBrew Frame

Our innerframe to give strength and cover all internals

First App discovery test

As with everything at MiniBrew, the hardware is only half you will get. Last month, we have organized together with our beta backers for the first usability test of the Discovery app. We've been thoroughly reviewing everything you guys have said and we are making changes for the production version. We've already added a layer, which will pop over the taste wheel, so you can see more results that match your preference.

App Beta Test

One of our backers uses the taste wheel during the BETA test

MiniBrew Discovery App Questionnaire

Backer added a lot of great insights via a questionnaire to give more feedback.

Production will start soon

This week, our co-founders Olivier and Bart will be in China and Hongkong  to visit every factory that will contribute to the product. And find the best factories that will match the high quality we are looking for. We’re selecting a few suppliers that will make the key-components and do the injection molding, metal pressing and anodizing of our kegs. As some parts come from China, we will stick to our Dutch heritage by doing partial assembling and quality control in the Netherlands. Here’s a map of their trip through South East China.

MiniBrew Asia Trip Production

Trip through South East China

The MiniBrew team grows

Since our last update, we’ve brought on Steven as an advisor. He is our sourcing manager and helps us to select high quality components. And we brought on Stef. He is leading the mechanical engineering efforts on MiniBrew. It will really help increase our production and shorten the time it takes to get a MiniBrew to your home. The both of them have extensive knowledge about liquid beverage machines and build up experience with Philips and Bevy


We are still looking for Xamarin Developers


Do you like beer and want to work for the Startup of the Year! Check our job openings on Stack Overflow


It’s all very exciting—we can’t wait :)


And if you’re still with us, you’ve made to the end. Thumbs up.

Thanks so much for bearing with a long detailed update. We hope it gives you a great sense of where the team and your rewards are headed at this stage in the game.


That’s it for now! Plenty more to come, so stay tuned. Let us know what you want to see next in the comments below, or on Facebook  or Twitter

Until next time!

 

Huge thanks!

Team MINIBREW


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