The Robot Revolution Is Taking Over the Coffee Industry

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 - 11:56AM
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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 - 11:56AM
The Robot Revolution Is Taking Over the Coffee Industry
Meet Gordon, the cool new barista who's serving up your favorite latte in a sci-fi San Fransisco cafe. Oh yeah, and one more thing—Gordon's a robot who can serve up to 120 drinks an hour. 


According to USA Today, Cafe X officially opened its doors at the Metreon Shopping Center and extended its robotic arms to the tired masses on January 30. Cafe X has partnered with Peet's Coffee and Verve Coffee roasters to provide its signature blend, and coffee beans are changed daily—the one part of this operation that's still manual. Right now, Gordon's functions are limited, so he can only make seven different beverages, all the same size. Even still, there's no shortage of options, as customers can choose between hazelnut, vanilla, or caramel flavoring, and can customize type of drink and intensity of flavor.

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An order can either be placed though the nearby order stand, or through a mobile app. Either way, customers receive a 4-digit code via text to pay for their drink and are alerted when the coffee is ready. The whole process can be completed in under a minute, giving Gordon his impressive statistics. Looking toward the future, Cafe X says they're planning on opening more machines in malls, airports, and other high-traffic areas.


In an interview with Fast Company, Henry Hu, CEO of Cafe X Technologies, said:

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"A lot of us spend a lot of time in line waiting for coffee. And we decided to do something about it. If you're looking for really good coffee, you often have to wait for a very long time, and if you're in rush, you have to settle for very bad coffee. We thought that by applying some automation and using mobile for placing orders, it would be possible to have really good coffee, but still really quickly."
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With Gordon and his robotic brothers, the future of our morning routine is bright—no more waiting in long lines, no more Starbucks baristas spelling your name wrong, just a fast, fresh cup of coffee. We can't wait to test this robot barista for ourselves. 

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