Now there's a robot barista in San Jose airport
Putting the fear into human baristas everywhere
There’s a new staff member at Cafe X in San Jose International Airport. Peter is developing a reputation for his precision and speed when it comes to serving up the perfect coffee. In fact, the barista can deal with 10 drink orders at one time — without making any mistakes.
Peter is actually a robot, working at the coffee shop chain’s new Robotic Coffee Bar in the Californian airport.
Putting the fear into human baristas everywhere, the robotic barista can quickly prepare and serve an array of drinks to caffeine-deprived travelers, including cappuccinos, lattes and iced matcha lattes.
Peter, named after the company’s former director of hardware, is the brainchild of Henry Hu, Cafe X’s founder and CEO. He said: “I had the idea of a robot making coffee after waiting over 30 minutes for coffee at an airport a few years ago.
“It’s super rewarding to now be launching our first airport Cafe X location. We look forward to entertaining travellers with our friendly, dancing robotic barista while saving them from what seems like an eternity of waiting in line for coffee.
Cafe X already has three prototype robot baristas in San Francisco.
SJC’s Director of Aviation John Aitken, added: “With our growing passenger base and a focus on transforming how Silicon Valley travels, we partnered with Cafe X to serve our passengers travelling through the recently-opened Gates 31-36 concourse in Terminal B.
“This advanced Robotic Coffee Bar experience is the perfect complement for our state-of-the-art airport and the high-tech region and customers we serve.”