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Chris writes in –

I’ve been working on reverse-engineering the Braun Tassimo T1200/T1400 hot beverage system from its barcoded T-DISC brewing pods. The barcodes are used to “program” the machine to make a particular beverage using a specific amount of water at a particular temperature and for a certain duration of time.  My efforts have been directed at discovering a “map” between the barcodes and how the machine controls its brewing processes. I haven’t been entirely successful yet – I’ve managed to decode the barcodes, and have run some experiments to try and surface some patterns – no dice!  Nonetheless, I’d like to put the idea out to Makers to get their feedback and ideas.

Hacking the Tassimo single-serve coffee machine – Link.

Make 453
DIY Coffee collects five hot MAKE magazine projects to supercharge your java:

  • Home-Build Coffee Roaster
  • Bottomless Espresso Portafilter
  • Toaster Tea Popper
  • Perfect Espresso Temperature Hack
  • Web-Fired Coffee with X10 Automation

Got a jones for caffeine and technology? Mod your espresso machine to dial in the perfect shot, with precise temperature control and a filter hack that kicks out maximum tasty crema. Roast your own with a hand-built custom coffee roaster. Hack a toaster timer to perfect-brew your tea every time. And fire up your coffee pot from the internet using X10 automation. Using home-grown techniques and off-the-shelf parts, caffeine junkies will find everything they need to overclock the fix from their favorite shade-grown beverage – Link.