New Coffee Shop Has Robot Baristas
Bow down to your new coffee-making robot overlords
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff | Suggested by Combos
Posted Aug 1, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
The Briggo Coffee Haus.   (Briggo on Facebook)

(Newser) – An Austin-based coffee company has opened a new coffee kiosk at the University of Texas, but it's missing one surprising ingredient: people. The Briggo Coffee Haus is staffed not by human baristas, but by robots, which it says "emulate the motions of a champion barista to precisely prepare specialty coffee drinks to your specifications," Business Week reports. Customers order and customize their drink through a touch-screen or a smartphone app, then the robot does the rest—no snide remarks, no messed up orders (then accusing you of making the mistake), no getting your name wrong. In the future, Briggo will also offer the ability to pre-order your drink, so it's ready when you arrive.

Unlike coffee vending machines, Briggo says it uses direct-trade beans, fresh milk, and "gourmet" syrups, reports the Washington Post. But at least one human barista is not impressed by its new robot overlord. "I have never come across an automated coffee maker that deals well with fresh roasted coffee," says a coffee shop owner. "A human being can learn to compensate for the eccentricities of the brewing process, but for a machine to apply the skills of a trained barista in a consistent manner, consistency also has to be imposed on the coffee. This is achieved by blending it to homogeneity, roasting it to death, or allowing it to stale, all of which yield a predictably bland cup of coffee."

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Aug 4, 2013 9:32 PM CDT
Looks a lot like a rehatch of the Canteen system. I sure did love those machines. They made it into many movies such as, "Terminator II" when the security guard buys coffee and looks at the hand he's dealt on the side of the cup. I loved the Coke the most. First the cup drops, then ice, then the Co2 and syrup. It was always so good. The same machine vended hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. You would add an extra 10 cents and press "extra strong" and "cream". Then people started buying surplus machines and turning them into auto bars. You simply replaced the Co2 with liquor and it still popped down the cup and then the liquor, a perfect pour every time. That model was featured in the movie, "Stitches 1985".
Aug 1, 2013 6:30 PM CDT
Yes, I voted depressing. Soon, every job is going to be automated. Doesn't make sense in a capitalistic society to do this. Either we allow inefficiecy, or we go to a new system.
Aug 1, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
But will it draw a heart in my foam, to match the heart shaped cake I also purchased at the counter?