The coffee industry has been around for centuries, but in recent years we've seen a rise in the use of robots and machines in various aspects of coffee production. From roasting to brewing and even serving, automation is changing the way we think about coffee. Let's take a closer look at the rise of machinery in the coffee industry.
One area where we've seen a lot of automation is in coffee roasting!! Traditionally, coffee roasting was done by hand, with a skilled roaster carefully monitoring the beans and adjusting the heat to achieve the perfect roast.
Howeverrrrr, today many coffee roasters use automated machines that can roast large batches of beans with consistent quality. Don't worry though Glee fam, we'll keep Deej around until we find a robot that will do a better job than him.
Another area where we're seeing automation is in actual coffee brewing! The coffee industry has been using automated coffee machines for a while now, with the push of a button, using pre-set parameters, we can ensure that each cup is brewed to the same high standard.
But what about grinding the coffee? Pouring the milk? Latte Art?
Even in the serving of coffee, we're seeing automation take hold. The rise of the infamous PUQ Press was the height of innovation. Saving baristas backs and shoulders, one automated tamp at a time.
But what about the Perfect Moose? Or the Ubermilk? The Perfect Moose can perfectly froth a jug of milk with the click of a button. The Ubermilk can deliver consistent micro foam milk at the ideal temperature with the click of a button, "Streamlining barista workflow, reducing cafe training time, and decreasing milkwaste."
While this may seem like the dream, when has it gone too far? The question I ask myself, is if we are looking towards 2030, will there still be baristas?
While the rise of robots and machines in the coffee industry does offer some benefits, such as increased efficiency and consistency, it also raises some concerns. Some worry that the personal touch and artistry of coffee-making will be lost, as machines take over more and more aspects of the process. Others worry that automation will lead to job loss, as fewer workers are needed to operate the machines.
Despite these concerns, it's clear that the use of robots and machines in the coffee industry is here to stay. As technology continues to improve, we may see even more automation in the future. However, it's up to us to decide how we want to balance the benefits of automation with the importance of human skill and artistry in the coffee industry.
So, with all of that in mind, what do you think?