Arist Timeline

Jura Youtube Video

January 16, 2012

Jura Youtube Video

Jura youtube project: Same alleged Jura espresso machine from the Arist disassembled photo. Controlled by smartphone using NetDuino interface. RFID tag on the bottom of the coffee cup, RFID reader in drip tray.


June 1, 2014

Employment at Zynga ended for Arist’s software engineering lead and KS account owner – Houston Law.

Windows Phone Apps

June 17, 2014

Windows Phone Apps

Last update of “Asian Beauty Photo Hunt” by software developer Chin Lung Tsang, very likely to be the only engineer in NBition at the time. Mentioned “Arduino programming for internet-connected coffee machine” in his LinkedIn profile.

1,000 machines shipped

July 1, 2014

Benson ships hand-built first-generation Arist machines globally. Source 1 ;  Source 2

Playing with a Jura

July 12, 2014

Playing with a Jura

The LED is lit! Next step, iron man right?

Playing with a Jura

July 13, 2014

Playing with a Jura

Ever since 2006 and my C63 & C85 coursework, I haven’t thought I would touch hardware again. It reminded me that computers are built with 1010 (binary).

Unsecure SSL on

August 6, 2014 used a private [unsecure] SSL certificate (beginning Aug 6, 2014). They claim to have received 25,000 pre-orders .  It is now protected by Cloudflare and it has a valid SSL certificate (validity begins on May 21, 2015). Source 1; Source 2; Source 3    

October 24, 2014

We have spent the better part of a year on Research & Development to develop our prototype.

Launch Party Refunds

October 24, 2014

Launch Party Refunds



October 24, 2014

Makes patent claim against Arist.

October 25, 2014

Arist has the capacity to hold 1 Litre of both milk and water and can brew five cups of 12 fl oz coffee (eg. latte and cappuccino). The milk is stored in the top cooler chamber of the machine.

October 28, 2014

Yes to hot chocolate! Honey is supported too.

October 28, 2014

What we have from our development and in our crowdfunding campaign are developed from the ground up.

October 28, 2014

They [Hong Kong Government] have supported us with testing facilities, expert engineers and equipment.

October 29, 2014

To state plainly, we are not using the funding to invent this machine.

November 5, 2014

Milk cooler capable to hold the temperature at 4C… can be place there over a day and night.

November 7, 2014

User can have a choice to use their own brand of syrup or ones provided by us.

November 8, 2014

We have a large team consisting of members who have 13+ years of experience in product management and our team has experience in shipping multiple products, including both hardware and software. Also, we are lucky to be in the HKSTP incubation program, so we have support and mentorship to help us with manufacturing, licensing and certifications.

November 8, 2014

We have already begun tweaking a preliminary manufacturing model.

November 9, 2014

The new [syrup] design will not affect the shipping date of Arist

November 11, 2014

We have accounted time for certification, and our team has member who done these before, hence very confident that we can get out of the way on time.

Posting as fake users

November 12, 2014

@Creator First and foremost just want to say great campaign so far.

November 17, 2014

We are ready to enter the manufacturing stage of shipping the Arist.

November 19, 2014

We are going to release our history (backtracking 2 years), company background, what I have done to build the company, in the past, present and what we will do in the future.

November 20, 2014

Regarding to Android we are developing it in parallel with iOS. We will launch a beta version (iOS, Android, Windows phone) for all backers around the April 2015.

November 21, 2014

Patent is per country, we are in progress submitting them.

November 21, 2014

Once we receive the funding, we will immediately begin filing all other patents.

November 22, 2014

Third video – We promised to show this third video.

December 16, 2014

We have grown even more wary and have decided not to release said video.

April 9, 2015

We have ~22000 orders for the Arist.

Windows Phone Apps

April 22, 2015

Windows Phone Apps

Last update of plagiarized Flipboard and subsequent “Feedboard” Windows Phone app, by Benson himself.

April 25, 2015

In the last few days, our website, servers, databases have been under attack and hacked…we have no plan to delay the planned launch time as of our last update.

April 26, 2015

The majority of the purchases are retail orders that we are held accountable for as well.

April 29, 2015

Launch Party. Yep, we hosted one and friends and family came to show their support. They are all real pledges, and no refunds were made…No we did not [refund with cash].

April 29, 2015

We have 22 full time and 3 part time [employees] up till now.

May 1, 2015

We will make the App available before we ship the machine, there will be a demo mode in there so you can exercise the whole brewing, browsing recipe, and all sorts of personalisation.

Arist Refunds

May 16, 2015

Arist Refunds

Refunds to most vocal critics on Kickstarter Source

May 17, 2015

We didn’t refund to anyone, nor we have the ability to remove anyone from this comment section. If we can do that we would have done it earlier as you said :). Maybe they are removed by kickstarter.

May 18, 2015

Benson just starting to hack another machine back in July when he was only doing his own tinkering because he was inspired by the work our engineering team has done. [In response to Instagram photos of him plagiarizing a Jura youtube project.]

South China Morning Post

May 19, 2015

More than 3,000 Arist machines were ordered through Kickstarter with a further 25,000 pre-ordered directly from the company. Source

South China Morning Post

May 19, 2015

Chiu said the company has applied for three patents and is preparing to submit three further applications. Source

No fully working prototype yet!

May 19, 2015

Chiu demonstrated Arist for the Post…after engineers had made a few tweaks to the prototype using screwdrivers and a black and yellow pencil. Source