Lately, with the advent of futuristic technology and systems, the world is witnessing the growing market of automated machines/robots that assist humans in their day-to-day activities that mostly include services like cleaning, transportation, and video recording. The rising popularity of vacuum cleaners, the next to impossible tasks performed by the robot dog, the astonishing artificial intelligence displayed by humanoids, and the use of drones and warehouse robots for performing tasks such as video recording, package delivery, and inventory management, has already left the world in awe, leaving a slight bit of in amazement for the robotic coffee bars.
The robotic coffee bars are cafés that provide service to its customers without the help of human intervention, that is, the owner of the coffee shop doesn’t require the assistance of human employee/staff to run their café except for the time of servicing in every few months and for cleaning and re-filling ingredients. Robotic coffee bars have automated kiosks that function as automatic vending machine that can be remotely operated using smart phone applications or touch screen panels. The other type of system that robotic coffee bars install is an automated kiosks with robots. This robot resembles a big robot arm that helps in manoeuvring operations such as handling a cup and other essentials. The other type of robot used in the robotic coffee bar is the latest of all, known as a barista bot. This barista bot is much swifter, quicker, and precise compared to its predecessor.
Technology has never failed to pique interests among the consumers and the same interest is observed for robotic coffee bars. The robotic coffee bars can be found in public places, airports, and office spaces. Coming with a whole lot of advantages related to costs, hygiene, shifts, and precision in food preparation, the robotic coffee bars market is bound to grow at a very fast pace. At present, the robotic coffee bars are installed in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and some of the European countries.
The robotic arm in the robotic coffee shop is able to provide precisely identical quantity of espresso shots, milk froth, or a sweet syrup as compared to the different brew made by the employee each time. Another advantage the robot has over a human is that it can work for 24/7, doesn’t take breaks (except for refilling and cleaning), and doesn’t fall sick or take leaves. This saves up a lot of costs related to labour and operations. In addition to this, the robotic arm, also known as robotic baristas, is able to multitask by collecting data on consumer traffic and popular products while serving the coffee to its customers. The benefits that come with installing a robotic coffee arm are bound to fuel the market’s growth consequently reducing the vacancy for human employees.
Based on Type, robotic coffee bars can be segmented as:-
Some of the key players manufacturing and using robotic coffee bars are as follows – Café X, Briggo, Rozum Robotics, KUKA Robotics, Joe Yang’s coffee shop, Cafelat, and others.
Initially, the market players are expected to have a strong business opportunity in developed nations of North America, Europe, and East Asia. In the later phase, targeting the metropolitan areas of developing countries would be a wiser option to capture the market presence. Top players in the coffee industry such as Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and others are ought to feel the threat form this revolutionary technology, this would eventually compel them to install this technology in their joints in the near future, thereby, opening up further possible business opportunities for coffee robot manufacturers. The market players also have a huge opportunity by investing in cleaning tech to make the robotic coffee bars almost entirely dependent on human staff.
As the other businesses and markets suffered dramatically, the COVID-19 pandemic in fact turned out to be a market booster for the robotic coffee bar business. The robotic coffee bars witnessed an abrupt rise in sales in 2020 owing to the top notch service, safe customer environment, and the guaranteed safety it provided to its customers. The latest implementation of robotic coffee bar was by a South Korean coffee shop that was witnessing the problem of social distancing.
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