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Ted Husted, Release Engineer
NimbleUser today introduced its 63rd Chrome Extension, Roastr, which uses the Internet of Things to track coffee readiness.
The extension works with a wifi-enabled scale attached to the bottom of the NimbleUser coffee dispensers. The extension displays the volume of coffee in each dispenser as an icon in the Chrome address bar
"Although the NimbleUser loft is an open work environment, the coffee dispensers are in an alcove out of direct sight, and also opaque," explained Chrome extension developer, Matt Simonis. "This extension gives us a much-needed heads-up when the joe is running low."
"Coffee outages are disruptive," said Chief Coffee Officer, Sig Vandamme. "We do have a five-step disaster recovery plan in place for when we run out of coffee, and this extension covers the use case of running behind on our brew cycle."
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"The extension is also helping us graph coffee consumption over the course of a day so we can better plan how many pots to make when, and minimize bean outages," reported Simonis.
The new Chrome extension is available in the Chrome Webstore. The source code is also available on GitHub for your forking convenience.
The extension is the first increment of an agile Continuous Coffee Delivery system (CCD). The next increment -- scheduled for Winter '17 -- is to include a drone to deliver the canister to your desk.
"Delivering an empty canister would have been disappointing," explains Simonis, "so we started with readiness tracking."
In the third stage, the CCD system is to include a robotic grinder, and a second drone to shuttle the coffee from nearby Canandaigua.
"The gas savings alone stagger the imagination," Vandamme added.
The stretch goal for Summer' 17 is a liquid nitrogen adapter to flash cool the coffee, for year-round goodness.