Suck it, Starbucks: This robot barista will make your coffee
Something futuristic is brewing in a shopping complex in San Francisco.
The first robotic barista in the U.S., named "Gordon," started serving up to 120 coffee drinks an hour on Monday — ironically, just several thousand fee away from a Starbucks in the same complex, USA Today reports.
"A lot of us spend a lot of time in line waiting for coffee," says Henry Hu, CEO of Cafe X Technologies, the local start-up that created the robot. "And we decided to do something about it."
For about a year, the firm built a toll booth-sized Cafe X with a sleek industrial design. The automated cafe offers seven drinks like espresso and cafe latte for $2.25 to $2.95 per 8 oz. cup. An app allows for mobile orders. (A quick sample of drinks, each flavored with hazelnut, caramel or vanilla, can attest to quality. The robotic arm moved a cup between several stations — from beans freshly ground to the pouring of coffee).
Three nearby order stands offer basic options — drink, flavor and intensity of flavor. After customers enter a mobile number to get a four-digit code and pay, they are texted when the drink is ready. The process typically takes a few minutes. The robot has been programmed to toss a drink and make another, if necessary.
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