Image courtesy: Robo Esso
Did you miss a sip of the coffee mixture from your favorite local barista because of the pandemic? Well, don’t worry because a local entrepreneur just developed a robot, so you'll start to taste the coffee you've missed again.
The Story of Robot Barista
It was a normal brewing day at Matt Jones’ coffee shop in Blackhawk. People are ordering their all-time favorite coffee while enjoying its indulging aroma and grooving with the tuned-in music. The coffee time moment was also graced by the busy barista, which is quite good with mixing and making the favorite beverage.
However, that is just one good memory before the coronavirus hit every street of Blackhawk and the whole world. The humble coffee shop of Jones was freeze along with all the businesses in the world. The sounds of the coffee machine and fragrance coming from the shop suddenly disappeared, without knowing when will it go back to normal.
The world is in a full stop, but Matt did not give up on his beloved coffee shop. Instead, he thought of an idea that could make the coffee world be in motion again.
During the pandemic, the local entrepreneur decided to stopped brewing coffee for a while and focus on his innovation, his very own Robot Barista named Robo Esso.
Image: Robo Esso
The innovation aims to help his coffee shop in adapting to the new normal, which requires protocols such as social distancing and more. Robo Esso was born to serve people without worrying about being in contact with people - after all, he is a robot.
“I thought that automation was going to creep in the service industry eventually so I ended up researching it,” Robo Esso’s maker shared. He said that his original plan is to use the technology to perform “side by side” with the real barista, but the pandemic made him “pivot” his decisions.
Robo Esso was made through a Universal Robot bought by Matt. With the help of his creativeness, he programmed it like what a real barista can do. The compelling idea will change how people order their usual morning coffee. Customers will go in, and a cool robot will get their order through a tablet and serve them with their cup of joe.
The advanced Robo Esso is launching in September at Jones’ roastery space in Golden – on Colfax and 6th Avenue. Matt also aims to help small business owners who want to automate their shops with Robo Esso.
“The goal is to be able to put these automated coffee shops in locations where it traditionally doesn’t make economical sense to have a coffee shop there. The rent's too high or there’s not enough traffic to justify the labor costs. With Robo Esso, those locations that struggle can now make a profit,” Jones said in 303Magazine.
The start of such innovation might lead the world to have greater advances in technology and robotics.