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Robot barista brews and serves coffee at cafe in Japanese capital

Sawyer declares that it can make a coffee which tastes better than one poured by humans.

The barista serves a brew at Henn-na Cafe, Japanese for “Strange Cafe”, in Tokyo (AP)
The barista serves a brew at Henn-na Cafe, Japanese for “Strange Cafe”, in Tokyo (AP)

Japan has a robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista.

Robot barista Sawyer made its debut this week at Henna Cafe (Strange Cafe) in Tokyo’s business and shopping district of Shibuya.

The single-armed device scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine and greets the customer, declaring to make a cup that tastes better than one made by humans.

Sawyer grinds coffee beans, fills a filter and pours hot water over a cup for up to five people at once. A cup of robot-brewed coffee costs 320 yen (£2.10).

The cafe operator, travel agency HIS Co, said robots can increase productivity while also entertaining customers.

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