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Greetings from Aillio

The long Moon Festival weekend has come to an end, and after stuffing ourselves on BBQ and mooncakes, we’re back to the office with a bit of a spring in our step.

Here’s what we've been up to lately.

Certification

The big news at Aillio last week was certification. As of last Wednesday afternoon, we have passed all the tests required for CB/CE certification of the V2-220V (200V-240V) model. For some of you, this doesn’t mean anything. But for those of you in markets requiring certification, it means you’ll be able to purchase a Bullet for the first time. It’s a big deal.

We’ve written numerous times about the process of certification – the obsessive attention to detail and maddening opacity of it. Needless to say we’re ecstatic about putting it all behind us. But it will still be some time before you’ll see Bullets peppering the coffee scene in Melbourne, Tokyo, and Seoul. There remains a significant amount of paperwork and PCB manufacturing/assembly to do before we can begin ramping up production of these newly certified Bullets.

Still, we hope Santa will be able leave something special under your tree this year. Hope you haven't been too naughty...

Roast.World Makeover and RoasTime 3

The coding team has been rebuilding Roast.World and RoasTime to run on new platforms. This will be mean a cleaner, speedier, and more stable experience all around. For instance, the new RoasTime 3 uses a new USB library and runs the USB connection through a separate thread, which should alleviate the intermittent ‘frozen roasts’ some people have experienced.

It should be noted that overall, the user interface for both Roast.World and RoasTime 3 will remain similar to what they are now, so when the time comes to jump aboard you won’t be stuck learning a ‘new’ piece of software. The changes are mostly all hidden in the backend, but it is this new backend that will allow us to roll out new features much faster than before.

You can expect to hear more from us about both RW and RT3 very soon, when we open it up for you all.

Aillio Thailand at the Thailand Coffee Festival

The Thailand Coffee Festival was certainly less international than it's been in previous years, and with no one from the Aillio team here in Taiwan able to attend, Jacob was probably feeling a bit lonely. Still, it all went off without a hitch. Jacob got to show off the aforementioned RoasTime 3 AND brew up some insanely good coffee courtesy of Ninety Plus. Good stuff.

The "Bullseye"

The work on the Bullseye continues. Much to the delight of Jonas and the engineering team, we have received both the cooling drum prototype, and the second heating drum prototype.

The manufacturing of these drums is even more precise than for the Bullet, and watching them spin freely with nary a wobble feels... nice. Very nice. For you, it will mean even more roast consistency. We should be roasting on the new prototype for the first time very soon, so I hope to hover nearby and snap something up for Instagram.

In case you’re wondering about the new name for the “Bullseye” – so are we. Although we were overwhelmed with many dozens of suggestions after posting our plea for help in the previous newsletter – thank you so much for that! – we are no closer to a name than we were before.

We’ve set a deadline for ourselves, but it may just wind up being what it’s always been: “Bullseye”. We'll let you know as soon as we come to a decision.

That's all for now everyone. Keep drinking great coffee.

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