Japanese cafe hires robot to serve as a barista

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  • Japan has a new robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista
  • The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya

A coffee shop which recently opened in Japan has something new to offer to its customers. Instead of people brewing and serving, a robot does these instead.

The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya.

The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine and greets the customer.

“Would you care for a delicious coffee?” the barista, with a screen showing a pair of cartoon eyes, asks in a flat tone.

Sawyer grinds the beans, fills a filter and pours hot water over a paper cup to serve up coffee for as many as five people at a time.

Each cup costs 320 yen ($3) and takes a few minutes for Sawyer to make. In addition to coffee, Sawyer can serve up to six other hot beverages, such as a cappuccino, a hot chocolate and a green tea latte.

To ensure customers pay, Sawyer scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine before greeting the customer.

According to The Wall Street Journal, in less than one minute, the robot, which uses a Mitsubishi six-axis arm to grab a cup, pumps in some syrup, places it in front of one of its coffee-brewing cores and lowers the beverage into one of eight warming stations that can keep a customer’s brew hot for up to eight minutes.

 

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