It's interesting to note that this coffee machine (and in fact, the camera setup) predates the web1
It started back in the dark days of 1991, when the World
Wide Web was little more than a glint in CERN's eye
says the history of the coffee pot.
The pot of coffee can be found at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/xvcoffee as well as in the Trojan Room, Cambridge University (in real life), with a web page at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/coffee/coffee.html.
: Thanks yossarian