Following the interview with
for their NFC Premium Cocktail Machine Orkestra, here is yet another
revolution in the beverage industry: MiniBrew, who also refer to themselves as
the easiest and smartest beer brewing machine. We took a closer look at the
Dutch start-up using NXP® NFC technology. Adrien Jeanjean,
Head of Software at MiniBrew, told us more about what’s behind the idea
to “simply brew your own beer at home”.
NXP: What is MiniBrew and how did you come up with your business idea?
We were convinced there must be a simpler solution to brewing beer than exists
today. We started to think about the software and sensors needed to make this
happen. In the end, we came up with the idea of MiniBrew, the first truly
all-in-one brewing machine that enables people to automatically brew their own
high-quality craft beer in an easy way and with natural
ingredients—directly at home.
NXP: What makes MiniBrew so special and how does it use NFC?
In the past, brewing your own beer was a complex process. MiniBrew allows
anyone to brew fresh craft beer at home, and it doesn’t matter if
you’re a starter, an expert or a professional. Our software and sensors
turn this process into an easy and fun experience.
The system uses NFC (MFRC630 plus + NTAG I²C plus) to
identify the keg in the machine and to connect it with the base station during
the brewing session. The machine tells the keg what to do in the next step
after the keg has been removed from the base station. You may be thinking
“What’s so special about that?” Well, all this happens
while the keg is completely turned off and does not have any power. Thanks to
new generation of NXP NFC
chips that offer a wired communication on top of the traditional contactless
communication, the machine can write instructions to the keg’s NFC tag
while it is turned off. The keg in turn can read the instructions when the
user turns it on.
NXP: Why did you choose NFC? And how do you ensure that private data stays
The NFC technology was the perfect solution to our problem as it allows to
communicate with a device without the need of power.
Our MiniBrew is very secure. The contents on the NFC tag are encrypted which
makes them unreadable and unusable outside of the system.
NXP: How do you think the future will look like and what role will NFC
Regarding our future, we can say that we still work on our first product at
full capacity and concentrate our efforts on bringing it to mass production.
However, we see an exponential growth of NFC being used to communicate
contactless with low-power devices or to connect devices with the consumers
smartphone and wearables. It offers us an exciting field of innovation!
NXP: Finally, would you rather live without your phone or your computer,
and what do you think has been the most important technological invention in
If I had to choose, I would rather live without my smartphone since my
computer gives me unlimited power to create. In my opinion, the Internet has
been the most important invention as it gives everyone access to knowledge.
And that is something we need to protect and value.
NXP: Many thanks for the interview and all the best for your
Peter is a senior solution manager for NFC reader solutions based in Gratkorn, Austria.
Working in the field of NFC for more than 15 years, he contributed to application deployments like eGovID or contactless payment and developed several NFC solutions for consumer applications.
In his current role, Peter is responsible for the worldwide solution creation in Smart Living and Payment market segments. He is focusing on system solutions that incorporate a broad NXP product portfolio.