TECHNOLOGY

Watch out Starbucks — robotic coffee ‘haus’ makes San Francisco debut

BY Marianne Wilson

Travelers and employees of San Francisco International Airport can now have their coffees prepared and served by a robotic barista.

Austin-based Briggo Coffee has installed the airport’s first fully-automated robotic coffee bar, or “Coffee Haus,” inside Terminal 3. The machine, which serves up customized latte, cappuccino and several other gourmet coffee and tea drinks, will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Customers can either order ahead, using the Briggo mobile app, or in person using the touchscreens on the machine. The beverages are crafted within minutes from custom whole-bean blends, fresh dairy, and gourmet syrups at a rate of up to 100 cups per hour, according to Briggo. The automated kiosk will feature its own high-quality Briggo Blend of high-altitude arabica beans, and will rotate specialty blends from local Bay Area roasters Verve and Sightglass.

This is the third airport location for Briggo, which has two locations inside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and marks the beginning of rapid national expansion for the brand.

“Speed, quality, and consistency are at an absolute premium when it comes to airport amenities, which makes Briggo the perfect coffee experience for one of the top-rated airports in the world,” said Briggo CEO Kevin Nater.

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