Coffee shop owners can spend less training barista on how to perfectly brew a cup of joe.
Briggo, a company that has created a fully automated, robotic brewing machine that that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour — equaling the output of three to four baristas, according to the company. I didn’t taste the coffee, but since it’s a robot, I bet it will follow the recipe tp perfection.
Robot dispenses gourmet cup of joe
In Boston, robots have replaced chefs and are creating complex bowls of food for customers. In Prague, machines are displacing bartenders and servers using an app. In Denver, they’re taking orders at a fast food drive through.
Robots are even making the perfect loaf of bread these days, taking charge of an art that has remained in human hands for thousands of years.
Now comes Briggo, a company that has created a fully automated, robotic brewing machine that that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour — equaling the output of three to four baristas, according to the company.
Using a blend of Latin American beans, the machine — known as a “coffee haus” — creates customized cups of gourmet coffee that can be ordered via an app, giving customers control over ingredients, espresso shots, flavorings and temperature without any human interaction. The company says no other business in the world has applied as much technology to “specialty coffee.”
Removing the human element from ordering a cup of coffee is one of the company’s primary selling points.
“No more lines, no more counter confusion, no more misspelled names,” Briggo’s website says, flicking at human failings.
Briggo said all eight of its machines are owned by the company, but they’ve recently begun offering a licensed business model to prospective operators.
The company didn’t reveal how much that business model costs, but noted that rent and revenue-sharing arrangements are typical when a machine is placed in a public location, such as an airport.
Kevin Nater, Briggo’s president and chief executive, said the machine would thrive in locations in which convenience is highly valued, like airports and office buildings, where several of the 10-foot by 4-foot machines currently operate.
“Imagine you’re coming into the security line at the airport, your flight is coming up, and you know that if you want a coffee you’re gong to stand in a long line,” said Nater. “From the security line, you can simply order your cup of coffee and pick it up at the coffee haus and make it to your flight on time.”
“I’ve never found anyone who wants to stand in line a long time,” he added. “We’ve just changed the game.”
It seems others agree. This year, Fast Company named the Austin, Texas-based company one of the 10 Most Innovative companies in the world. Assuming both companies grow, Briggo may someday compete with Cafe X, an automated coffee bar from San Francisco that uses assembly line-style machines that promise your cup of joe will be engineered with “robotic precision.”
The machines arrive at a time when ready-to-drink coffee, such as bottled drinks found in supermarkets and convenience stores, continues to explode in popularity, according to CNBC.
Nater said he has no doubt his machine makes cups of coffee as well, if not better, than a human barista. Referring to the robot as a “high speed, totally controlled food factory,” he said that unlike human workers a machine doesn’t get flustered when business gets busy. By looking at analytics, he said, he can ensure that the robot is hitting “all of it’s quality marks.”
But Oliver Geib, a 24-year-old barista at Ceremony Coffee Roasters in Annapolis, Md., remained skeptical. As coffee is being made by a barista, he said, subtly gauging the ratio of water to grind as flavor develops through refined taste tests, is a crucial part of the process.
“All the numbers and data in the world can’t actually tell you how the coffee tastes,” Geib said. “A big part of what a human brings is being able to taste the coffee during the process of dialing in the flavor.”
Fast-food restaurants like Starbucks, Wendy’s, Panera and McDonald’s encourage customers to order using self-service kiosks or a mobile app.
Asked how Briggo would impact employment, Nater said food service companies have a hard time retaining workers and are often short on staff, especially in airports where turnover is high.
Asked how Briggo would impact employment, Nater said food service companies have a hard time retaining workers and are often short on staff, especially in airports where turnover is high.
“We don’t think we’re replacing people,” he said. “We are creating a high tech retail and marketing business and developing jobs in the process. We just hired two people in the Bay Area, where we are opening a new location in the spring.”
But automation critics claim that machines ultimately harm more workers than they help. Last month, Erikka Knuti — communications director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union — said too many businesses treat customer service as a line-item cost instead of an investment. In addition to eliminating jobs, she said, removing people from transactions degrades the product that businesses are selling.
“Retailers and businesses underestimate the importance of the customer service interaction — that point when a customer hands over their money and they get a warm smile in return that tells them they’re valued,” she said.
Asked whether he was worried about losing his job to a robot, Geib said, “absolutely not.” Though he sees the value of robots making coffee at particular locations when customers are short on time, he said there’s a loyal group of people who will always seek out the slower, interactive experiences at coffee shops.
“A lot of customers really appreciate watching a barista carefully pouring water or steaming the milk or adding a little flourish to their drink,” he said. “The social aspect, the atmosphere and the interaction with the barista, is a big part of the experience of drinking coffee.”
OK, this might sound a little snobby, but I am proud of it. I don’t think people should drink instant coffee. First of all, I believe instant coffee is a little unhealthy, compared the regular stuff. Secondly, who would drink dehydrated and rehydrated wine, for instance. I know it’s very popular to do it with soups, and to me, that is unacceptable as well. I certainly do not recommend you to buy the most expensive coffee beans in the world, but instant coffee is a little too artificial. However, if in a bind, or backpacking, or whatever the reason you can not brew a regular cup of the stuff, Gear patrol has put together a list with the best tasting instant coffees.
Again, we don’t approve of instant, but if you are a student, and you don’t have a coffee maker, this list might be just what you are looking for.
The 5 Best Tasting Instant Coffees of 2019
Confined to hiking expeditions, road trips without stops and particularly lazy mornings, instant coffee has, historically, had a tough go of it. Well, not anymore. The third wave coffee movement has now infiltrated even the most derided of coffee types, and with it, brought about a shift in what is and isn’t instant. From traditional freeze-dried granules to disposable pour-over contraptions, these five coffees are mobile, quick to make and relatively cheap. Most importantly, however: They taste pretty darn good, too.
The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Kuju Coffee was founded by two brothers aiming to bring better coffee to your outdoor activities. Kuju employs single cup, one-time use packets of coffee grinds that fit in your pocket. Each one — available in traditional light, medium and dark roasts — has two “legs” that hook over the edges of your mug or cup, so you need only pour water and wait 120 seconds for some elevated trail coffee when you need it most.
Swift Cup is like your classic instant coffee — dump in cup, pour water, stir, drink. However, the Pennsylvannia-based company uses a proprietary method to roast, brew and slowly freeze-dry their product. Swift Cup comes in varieties from the likes of Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil and Colombia.
Dripkit employs a disposable one-time use pourover similar to Kuju, but instead of sitting in the cup, sits on top of it. Each batch of Dripkit’s current roast — La Basa No. 5, sourced from a family farm in Guatemala — is ground, roasted and package up at their Brooklyn HQ.
When the folks at Sudden Instant Coffee, a recognized name in the small but growing not-totally-trash instant coffee game teams up with one of the best roasters in the country, there’s something good afoot. Equator Coffee & Teas partnership with Sudden yielded some seriously powerful single-origin classic instant coffee. Each of the six test tubes of instant alertness in each order are exclusive to Huckberry’s site, and your mug.
When Voilà opened up shop online in November of 2017, they sold through their entire stock so quickly they had to disable the “shop” tab on their website. After a couple months of re-stocking, they reopened for business in January, with each individually portioned pack of instant coffee aiming to highlight the particular region each roast is sourced from.
Coffee has unjustly been labeled unhealthy for a long time. It’s only the last years that the scientific and medical circles straighten the facts and put coffee back where it belongs: in our daily diet. Coffee is healthy for us, there are so many new things that we are still finding out about it, for instance, coffee is a prebiotic. Remember though, any good thing is only good in moderation. Consumed in too large quantities coffee can indeed cause you sleep problems, overstimulate your adrenal glands, and a lot of other related problems.
The science behind drinking coffee is looking promising—many studies point us in the direction of the coffee pot. Who’s to argue?
One study published on the National Institutes of Health determines that drinking three cups of coffee daily will reduce your risk of suffering Parkinson’s disease by 29 percent. Any more than three cups had no additional benefits in that area though.
Parkinson’s is an incurable nervous system disorder, where nerve cells in the brain that affect smooth movement become damaged, creating tremors, rigidity, and other problems.
Researchers found that every extra cup of coffee drunk in a day resulted in a 7 percent reduction in diabetes 2 risk. High coffee intake appears to have a protective effect against this disease, but further studies need to be done.
Still, that’s encouraging news for the coffee addicts!
Moreover, the chlorogenic acid and trigonelline in a cup of coffee, which was consumed in a two-hour-long oral glucose tolerance test, “reduced early glucose and insulin responses,” per researched published on the National Institutes of Health.
Curator’s notes: By exposing coffee to high temperatures we are stripping coffee of its chlorogenic acid. Don’t count on your French press to have too much of this amazing antioxidant. However, hot brewed coffee contains other antioxidants. Keep this in mind when choosing between cold brew and French press.
Studies have determined there is a link between caffeine intake and a lower risk of suicide.
One study, from the Harvard School of Public Health, determined that drinking several cups of coffee per day reduced suicide rates in adults by 50 percent. The caffeine was found to have an effect on the brain, acting as a mild antidepressant, and only two or three cups per day would achieve that effect; any more did not equate to more benefits.
In Japan, coffee drinking has been shown to lower the risk of liver cancer of those who drank coffee on a daily basis, according to one study, per the National Institutes of Health.
In another study, it was determined that drinking two to three cups per day decreased your risk of suffering from liver cancer by 38 percent.
Other liver diseases, such as chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease have also shown a decreased risk by drinking coffee.
Want to lose weight? Coffee may help
Most fat-burning supplements contain caffeine for the simple reason it helps to burn fat, and caffeine has been shown to give your metabolic rate a boost. A higher metabolic rate is something many people aim for!
A healthy diet and lifestyle is necessary in today’s dog-eat-dog world, and if coffee can improve our chances at that healthier life, why would we not indulge in a cup?
Some believe coffee may help us live longer, but more research needs to be done in this area.
However, it can help us avoid diabetes 2, liver disease, and other degenerative diseases. Sugar is not a good option to add, although a dash of milk or cream is acceptable, but straight black is best for the antioxidants to do their work.
Perhaps refrain from drinking it several hours before bed, as it may well keep you wide-eyed until early morning. We all know at some point in life what that feels like!
Hamilton Beach never ceases to amaze me with the products that they release. FlexBrew is the latest of their single-serve coffee machines. I loved their Single Serve Scoop because of its flexibility in adjusting the strength of your cup and for its ecofriendliness. But I have to be honest an admit that they are in a tough market and they need to adjust in order to be competitive. That is what this new coffee maker is. A competitive alternative to Keurig capsule-based coffee makers and their own Scoop.
Amazon has the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Connected Single-Serve Coffee Maker on sale today only for just $49.99. This deal marks a new low price and a savings of $40 off its regular cost.
This coffee maker syncs with the HB Connect app for your smartphone or tablet so you can easily view your coffee usage, inventory, and the FlexBrew’s filter status from anywhere in the world. It’s also compatible with the Amazon Dash program, which can automatically send you filters and coffee without you needing to do anything! Simply set it up once and you’ll never have to worry about running out of coffee again. That service is optional, though by signing up you can save $15 on your first re-orders.
The FlexBrew was designed to brew single-serve cups of coffee and is capable of brewing either single-serve pods or coffee grounds. It has a removable water reservoir as well, and takes just about three minutes to brew a cup with the ability to switch between 8-ounce, 10-ounce, and 14-ounce cup sizes.
A brand of Kelowna-based Cherry Hill Coffee has been recalled, Interior Health said Thursday afternoon. Due to temperature issues in the manufacturing process that potentially failed to control pathogens, including botulism, Interior Health is advising the N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee has been recalled. “If you purchased N7 Nitro […]
We have our own ideas on who the best coffee roasters are but Gear Patrol has a great list as well. Well, let’s be honest, their list is pretty amazing, and it’s not actually theirs, it is a copy of the list posted at Daily Coffee News.
First reported by Daily Coffee News , the U.S. Roaster Championship results are now final. Finalist roasters at the national competition were required to grade beans, build a roast plan, roast the coffee and serve it to a panel of five expert judges — all in quick succession at […]
These Are Some of the Best Coffee Roasters in the US, According to Experts
First reported by Daily Coffee News, the U.S. Roaster Championship results are now final. Finalist roasters at the national competition were required to grade beans, build a roast plan, roast the coffee and serve it to a panel of five expert judges — all in quick succession at the event. Scored on every stage of the process, 24 finalists were whittled down to the top 6 coffee roasters in the US. The best part? You can buy bags from each roaster online.
1st Place: Based in Denver, Colorado, Huckleberry Roasters has grown from a garage roaster to a global micro-farm sourcing powerhouse. Huckleberry offers plenty of single origins, blends and decaf options at varying roast levels — in other words, it doesn’t discriminate against your taste in coffee.
2nd Place: Known for a far-reaching and experimental collection of roasts, La Colombe is one of the specialty coffee old guard. What started in the mid-90s as a single shop in Philadelphia is now one café and roasting empire that’s spread to Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C. and more.
3rd Place: Native to Huntington, New York with another location in Oyster Bay, Southdown coffee prioritizes flavor clarity and balancing adventurous roasts and origins with more familiar flavors.
5th Place: One of NorCal’s finest coffee roasters describes coffee as “practically a religious experience.” They’ve also got a wealth of blended, single-origin and even canned coffee to pick from.
6th Place: Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mudhouse offers everything from bags of decaf to ultra-premium, naturally processed Geisha varietals.
Finally, a biodegradable sustainable coffee cup. I can’t wait the day these will be on the market.
In a bid to reduce plastic waste, architecture and design firm Creme has created biodegradable coffee cups that are ‘grown’ from fruit. The reusable cups are made from the fruit gourds, which are grown inside 3D printing molds to make them into a coffee-cup shape. These cups are still […]
These cups are still in the design phase and not currently for sale, but the company has had inquiries from firms in the UK and around the world.
Creme business manager Tania Kaufmann: “The inspiration actually came from how the Japanese grow their watermelons. They are grown in moulds into a square shape so they are easily transported and stackable, so we thought we might be able to grow gourds similarly using moulds in the shape of cups and flasks.”
“Creme identified gourds as a fast-growing plant which bears robust fruits each season, developing a strong outer skin, and fibrous inner flesh. Once dried, gourds have historically been used by our ancestors as receptacles like cups.”
She added that the company explored the method of using 3D moulds to grow them, including cups and flasks to develop “renewable and compostable products without waste”.
This is the story of how the humble coffee becomes a world celebrity. It’s not about the Labrador named Coffee Beans attached to the Sheriff’s Department sniffing drugs and bombs. It’s about “the” coffee beans we are familiar with. It’s about the fragrant aroma that stimulates our senses in the morning. The tingling sensation we get when we take the first sip in the morning. How we manage to get an extra boost of energy whenever we feel tired and sleepy. Let us take some time to ponder the processes the coffee beans have to go through before it can be marketed.
After the coffee berries have been harvested, it needs to undergo a process where the flesh of the coffee berries is removed. The coffee berries are placed in special machines separating the flesh from the seed. This coffee seed is commonly called “coffee beans”. The coffee beans will now undergo a fermentation process for a period of time. This process is done in order to remove the slimy mucilage coating the coffee beans.
After the coffee beans have undergone the mandatory fermentation, they are thoroughly flushed with clean water. This process is to remove the foul smelling residue due to the fermentation process and the waste water is a main cause of pollutant.
The coffee beans are then dried under the sun or by machines, until the moisture level is about 10% before they can be packed for storage.
Another method of getting to the coffee beans without undergoing the fermentation process is to dry the whole berry in the sun. It normally takes about 10 to 14 days to complete the process with constant raking of the coffee beans to prevent mildew from forming. This method is popular and widely used by coffee producers where water is scarce. The dried flesh is then physically removed leaving only the coffee beans.
The dried coffee beans is then sorted and graded before they can be stored or shipped to buyers. At this stage, the coffee bean is called green coffee beans.
Sometimes the coffee beans will undergo an additional aging process. The reason for this is because when coffee was first introduced into Europe, the coffee beans have undergone a journey of about six months. Europeans have already developed a preference for this taste and therefore to simulate the taste, the coffee beans are further aged.
Roasting is the final process the coffee beans have to undergo before they are commercially marketed. It is also possible to purchase un-roasted coffee beans that you can personally roast them yourself.
When the coffee beans are subjected to heat, there’s a chemical reaction happening within the coffee beans where the sugar and acid will begin to react releasing its aroma. The coffee beans will turn darker due to caramelized sucrose. When this happens, the coffee beans are quickly cooled to prevent damage to the coffee beans.
When roasting the green coffee beans, a lot of carbon dioxide is released as a by-product. The carbon dioxide helps to “seal” the coffee beans from loosing its flavor and aroma. Depending on how the coffee beans are stored, it may take some time before the optimum peak flavor. After reaching its peak, it will start loosing its flavor again.
If you are trying to roast your own coffee beans at home, be aware that you may not be successful during the first few times. You might over-burn your coffee beans during your first few tries. Never be discouraged, but try until you get the taste and flavor that appeals to you. Remember to process in small amounts to maintain freshness of your coffee.
Before the roasted coffee beans can be used, you need to grind the coffee beans first. The coarseness of your coffee depends on your preference and the type of coffee-brewing method. It can range from coarse to very fine as in the Turkish grind. For example, if you’re using a percolator, a course coffee powder is suitable but if you are using an Espresso machines, an extra fine coffee powder is required.
The coffee beans have to undergo a string of processes before it can be consumed. The final flavor of the coffee depends on the journey the coffee beans take in order to reach its final form. Different methods and different techniques will give rise to a varied coffee flavor. This is the reason why there are so many flavors to the simple coffee bean.
The most important varieties are instant and regular coffee. The coffee lovers can easily differentiate the taste of the both. But the taste differs as per the brand and the individual coffee drinkers.
Normally, a regular cup of coffee is made from the freshly grounded and roasted coffee beans. The Coffee beans are directly grown from the coffee tree and they are picked , roasted to make a final product. The Instant coffee was invented in 1901, but it was commercially available only in 1938 which was produced by Nescafe. The Instant coffee was created as a shortcut to the long brewing process. So that, the coffee drinker can make a cup of coffee within some seconds. There are several different methods in making an instant coffee, but the dehydrated coffee product can be rehydrated with the use of water to make a cup of coffee.
The Regular coffee is grounded up, roasted Coffee beans which are the seeds of the coffee tree. But the Instant coffee is made by a short, brewing process from the regular coffee by dehydrating the same and leaving a powder which is re hydrated to make the coffee. The Regular coffee tastes much better than the instant coffee. The Instant coffee is a foul stuff and the coffee taste varies as such.
Most of the Coffee shops make their coffee using some regular coffee. However, the coffee shops does not use the drip method same to the home. An espresso, which is the special type of coffee is prepared through an espresso machine to push a small amount of water through a tightly packed coffee with a great force by making a “shot”. It has only two ounces of coffee but has the coffee flavor for the whole cup.
The normal coffee drinkers prefer only the regular coffee because it is a better quality product, but the instant coffee has a long way. There are different varieties of instant coffee which offers a quality product, and they are often used for the convenience instead of the flavor. All the professional coffee shops and cafes, use a drip method to make their coffee. And the alternative method is the espresso machine to make the freshly brewed shots of espresso.
If you are interested in trying an instant coffee, then the preferred method is the freeze dried coffee. This coffee recipe is too easy to make and by adding the hot water with the cup of coffee and it is the similar product to the fresh brewed coffee. Most of the campers or travelers prefer the same because no form of coffee brewing is required.
The Instant coffee is made especially when the coffee is freshly grounded, moistened, and frozen. When it is frozen, all the air is removed from the chamber to reduce the condensation, and then the chamber is brought to a higher temperature. Thus the end product is the dehydrated coffee grounds which is packed and sold as an instant coffee. The instant coffee is preferred by most of the people during the world cup-II because of its convenience.
When the coffee beans are heated through the spray dried method, they are brought to a high temperature for the dehydration. So if you are opting for an instant coffee, you can better choose a freeze dried method for an optimal flavor.
Many coffee connoisseurs look for the instant coffee because it is not an authentic product. However, if you are interested in trying an instant brew, then many companies have come a long in developing flavors in their instant coffee products. The main factor in choosing instant coffee would be the convenience than the regular coffee which takes more preparation time. Then the simple method is inconvenient for the working people. So most of the population prefer the instant coffee!
Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is the registered trade description for the coffee grown in the deep rural Blue Mountains of Jamaica. This coffee is noted all over the world for its distinctive aroma, mild flavor and lack of bitterness. Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is widely revered as the world’s best coffee.
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