Description

First off, thanks to PCPP for providing free and easy parts selection so that I can concentrate on my builds, and also for providing this forum for people to share their work. There just isn't anything close elsewhere on the net.

For this one, I did a build log of sorts on Instagram using the mrcoffeepc hashtag (#mrcoffeepc). Up until today 7/19/19, no one else has posted using that hashtag. If you're curious about something in the build, it's probably in a post there in words, photos, or videos. You don't need an Instagram account to view them.

Clear as mud

I was percolating about all the crazy things people sell on OfferUp when I pulled up the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista listing. I'd bean wanting to take another shot at a demitasse ITX build and right away I saw how the parts I had would blend. When I met up with the seller, they were a little confused that I didn't want to see it run, then a latte confused when I explained I was going to use it to build a computer. The guy asked, "To make better coffee?"

I was thinking I would do a quick drip concept build. That was over six months ago. I don't know what the puck happened to turn it into a full bodied project, other than it was both stimulating and funny to me from the start--never a grind.

How now blue cow?

There was one obvious way to blend the components, but it was also java-ious that the tight C shape of the coffee maker would create an airflow problem that would roast my components. The au lait way around that without grinding holes all over the place was to add a robusta CPU water cooling solution. So, I blended together a custom loop, mostly based on what would fit. I also vented most of the lid so the steamy GPU could use its fan to get aromatic air.

I probably could have made the coffee maker's rear tank the reservoir but putting the reservoir in the milk carafe was just too perfect to pass up. (Yes, cows have blue milk where I'm from.) I was also planning to replace the rear tank with a mini espresso maker at the time. That ended up being berry complicated, though, so now it just serves a spiral of individually addressable LEDs.

The other grande design consideration was how to French press the motherboard and graphics card in place. I frappened to have an HP Pavilion Slimline 400-214 Desktop PC case lying around, and its height and width were a close fit to the coffee maker C shape. Once I'd cut and sized the case to fit, I anchored it to the bottom with the PSU and to the top-back by the same screws that secure the lid.

I repurposed the Espresso and Cappuccino front panel buttons into the power and reset buttons, and I wired the power supply through the coffee maker's power rocker switch after overcoming an earlier grounds issue. That left the Latte button.

The Raspberry Pod Zero W model is small enough to fit inside the froth panel, alungo with a speaker hat, so I set them up to run at system power up along with a script. The script is triggered to play a sound (.wav) file using aplay whenever you press the Latte button. The current sound is coffee pouring so, when people ask me if it still makes coffee, I just say, "Well it still makes coffee sounds." But, for when that joe gets stale, I also installed a microphone behind a hole in the panel, so you can brew up any sound you like with a simple Raspbian Linux command by SSH over the wireless network.

But is the coffee getting cold?

The temps would be high but well within operating range for a computer in a normal case with good cooling and air flow. At 25C ambient, the GPU and CPU idle at 38 and 40C. Kinda muggy, but not bad.

The GTX 1080 made it through the Heaven benchmark with kona-ly power throttling. I didn't need to push the card by changing the upper limit, though, because paired with the solid i5-8600k it still averages over 100 FPS. As for the i5, it runs up to 70C in Prime 95 with no overclocking. Again, high umber normal circumstances, but this is a little coffee maker.

What's the skinny on maintenance?

Leche say that, when I was troubleshooting the LED strip in the rear tank, I cut the connector wires and then soldered them back together so that I didn't have to disconnect the connector from the motherboard header. Reconnecting it would leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

Unfiltered

The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista tear down almost back burnered this build. There were at least a hundred screws, as well as numerous internal latches and strange screw head types. It's almost like they didn't want people gutting it to put other things in there. Or get a jolt of electricity.

There were a lot of perks to recording tasks for the build log. My choice is the post with videos comparing cutting 80 clamped steel straws with a table saw vs. an angle grinder vs. a Dremel cutting wheel. Of course, the grinder won out.

Afforgotta mention a cup-ola things. I mocha appreciate you checking out my build! It makes doing it sweetener!

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 5 points

This is one of the funniest write ups ever. Also awesome job on the build. 10/10 Coffee puns

  • 4 months ago
  • 5 points

Thanks much. I really enjoy doing the write ups.

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

how does that flex PSU work for you?, Does it have an 8 pin connector for GPUs? wondering case I want to do a fully custom case and the reviews I've found are mixed.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. The GTX 1080 mini requires a single 8 pin connector and the power supply has 2. I'm getting power throttling with the card during benchmarking in GPU-Z, but I'm pretty certain that's the GPU itself, not the power supply. The PSU has been a rugged little beast. I've stuffed it in one of those toaster sized Geeek cases and now this build. It will definitely use its fan, though, if you expose it to this much heat. That's why I added the fan holes on the right side.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes likely you are power throttling, as the max you should be able to draw in spec is 75 watts over pcie slot plus 150 watts over 8 pin.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, way overtired and not thinking straight. Confusing TDP and power usage. After a nice nap, I'll just let your comment stand.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

wait what?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I just meant, everything you said is correct and my post was confusing, so I deleted it. :) I was confusing the 180W TDP with a set limit on the amount of power the card was allowed to draw from the motherboard and PS when, as you said, it can draw up 225W.

I am fascinated by the idea of adding some pieces to direct airflow around the card and the radiator, but I need a way to see what's going on up there thermally before making changes. I don't suppose you have a thermal imaging camera I could borrow?

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks sick! Amazing work!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

Would be dope to work in a way of it making coffee when you boot it up lmao

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice execution! Do you put your your actual coffee there - is steam an issue? The coffee sounds is an excellent touch.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! No, I just put the mug on the cup stand to give some perspective about how small the coffee (actually espresso) maker is. That would block the intake fan, which sits under the cup stand.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I like to imagine walking into see someone playing games on a coffee maker while poring a cup of coffee out of a regular computer.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha! I’ll put a coffee maker in a full size ATX case and stand them next to each other on the desk.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

i smell a feature. this is an actually good build. well done.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I appreciate it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

pun overload


Nice build though!

  • 4 months ago
  • 8 points

Everyone has the right to espresso their opinion. ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I read this in a thick Italian accent and the sentence sounds perfectly normal.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much to PCPP for featured build! It is truly an honor.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

....But can it make coffee???....

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The first recording I did for the bottom button was “Get your own damn coffee.”

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

that is sick nice work

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is BONKERS! Really enjoy looking through the pictures, must be a nice conversational piece

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you. I don’t think most people would notice that it’s anything but a Mr. Coffee, at least once I change the cooling fluid to white.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing stuff.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Really appreciate it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

DUDE, this is way too cool.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sniffs

Smells like a feature

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo this is actually pretty cool. Nice job.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It was so much fun to do.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This one takes the cake on the craziest PC builds I've seen on this site (and that's a well meaning compliment). Congrats on the feature!!

btw, I chuckled at the "puns" you included in your description. :D

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! If it makes a few people smile, that alone is worth doing the work.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love meme computer builds, and this is by far the best one I've seen +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it still make COFFEE??!!?!?!? XD

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That is by far the question I get asked the most.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You may finally drink in 144hz.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

10/10 build creativity 2/10 cringe jokes

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I know, the pun thing is a genetic defect of mine that not everyone shares.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I for one appreciate this genetic defect of yours. Keep it up!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a stellar build, but why do you have like 10' of LEDs coiled up? Wouldn't 1' suffice? Unless you like the design, I suppose...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Since they're individually addressable ICs, the effect is kind of mesmerizing when they are running, even with Aura's limited implementation. At least I like it. Check it out if you want: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0G4FtznNl4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That rainbow effect is GNARLY

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it!!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I just bought a mr coffee coffee maker for work.... now i am going to be looking at it completely differently. My boss is going to ask why you looking at it like that....

I am going to be like, that thing is going to be a pc sooner or later...

very nice work, never ever thought about using a coffee maker for it

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

How are you going to explain the monitor by the coffee maker to your boss? I think someone suggested putting a computer by it that makes coffee.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I will just tell him that it is to optimize operations. Also, if i was to do it, it would not have a monitor, i would use it for a fileserver, so the big question i would have to answer is why there is a network cable in the back of it

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Then you should put a patch panel in the first aid cabinet. It's always picked clean of anything useful anyway.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

"What is my purpose"

"You make coffee"

"oh" *Subliminal thought occur.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! It doesn't do that anymore. Or pass the butter for that matter.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I want one!!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, there is an appalling lack of Mr. Coffee PCs out there.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Now if I could have a PC that could also brew my coffee I would be in.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s VR Ready, so it can make anything.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How does one simply make a beautiful machine out of a coffee maker?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

It was a labor of love.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

visible confusion

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s the affect/effect I was going for. Thanks.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You're ******* crayz dude ahahah good job

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No argument. Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG. No you didnt!!! So awesome

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yes I did! Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally! Rgb coffee!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I take mine individually addressable.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Now this is talent :) Great job with your custom case. It looks amazing.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I appreciate that.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

THIS IS MADNESS !!! And i love it...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It takes one to know one, right? ;) Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

oh my goodness... This is so amazing. I don't know what I prefer: the use of an actual coffee machine to use as a computer case or the write up.

Congrats!

Sidenote: I would have used an APU but you are obviously killing it at making great computers! Keep at it! :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I just couldn't resist the symmetry of card, as well as the performance.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the description alone, and this will definitely be a conversation starter to say the least.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your reconnaissance! Unless your handle is for California state route 91, in which case curse you.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

My username is a combination of my initials and year of birth; I've never even been to California, let alone know any of it's roads, so it's probably just a coincidence.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hot. Damn.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank. You.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your monitor 1080p?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's 1440p.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Great build, I'm a little jelly

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Insane ! thinking way outside the box... 10 outta 10

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Take my money!

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The only possible thing to make this better would be if you could still brew coffee, like for midnight gaming when you're dead in CS:GO. Otherwise cool build, 9.9/10

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Mr. Coffee will keep you alert with lively conversation. All you have to do is press the Latte button.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Very creative and clever in every way possible! The writing is fun and superb, and the work you did to integrate the PC with the Mr. Coffee, not simply hollow it out and shoehorn in components, is truly amazing. I have to share this with friends even though none of us has ever built a PC. Wow!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, someone is going to have to update the manual a little bit.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.....

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Easily build of the year!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! There are so many great builds in radically different styles. It would be like being a judge at a dog show.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

bonus points if it can boil your coffee! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It can do it exactly one time.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic modifications. I love it.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That means a lot coming from a long time member like you. It was a lot of fun to make and the feature was the icing on the cake. It was sure over fast. I hope I wasn’t too chatty in the comments. I just enjoy the back and forth so much.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoot I appreciate the long comments. Keep yo three good work.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I messed that up.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Not as badly as I messed up an opportunity for the build description. It actually never occurred to me that the i5-8600k is part of Intel's Coffee Lake processor family. Duh!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that's true

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

one of kind havent seen pc mod like this one great job

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent job! This is so funny. Looking forward to seeing a real coffee maker with PC appearance from you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! On to the new build, so I don't think I'll get that.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This took some dedication. Wow!!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It took a lot of effort, but it was so much fun.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Psh, I bet it doesn't even make coffee.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I knew I forgot something.