Our friends from the Media Lab at MIT invited us to check out a demonstration the other day of a robotic coffee pouring machine. They’re calling it “Steadypour.” Fun project. It does some stuff we wouldn’t need, wetting filter, pouring in spiral, one arm that moves back and forth instead of a dedicated spout per cone. These features make it really fun to watch but are probably not necessary for great coffee.
The basic idea: a machine that does pour-over coffee is interesting to me. They told me one of the pieces of resistance they are experiencing is that Barista are afraid they wouldn’t get tips. Makes sense. They asked if we’d be interested in a pour over robot. If it delivered coffee that’s as good or better than what we do now I think we’d love it.