‘Strange Cafe’ opens in Shibuya

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - WORLD - Ja­pan News/Yomi­uri

Ro­bots are wait­ing to serve cof­fee and other bev­er­ages at the Henna Cafe, which means Strange Cafe, that opened Feb. 1 at the Shibuya Modi com­mer­cial build­ing in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward.

Travel agency H.I.S. Co. is op­er­at­ing the cafe, where cus­tomers place or­ders via a ticket-vend­ing ma­chine, re­ceive a QR code and hold it up to a ma­chine on the counter.

Sawyer, a U.S.-made ro­bot us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, will grind cof­fee beans, con­trol fully au­to­matic drip ma­chines and of­fer cus­tomers their bev­er­age.

There are seven kinds of bev­er­ages on the cafe’s menu, and a cup can be pre­pared in two to four min­utes.

A cup of au­then­tic dripped cof­fee is $2.95, while a cafe latte is $3.50.

A H.I.S. of­fi­cial said they hope to open a chain of the ro­bot-staffed cafes across Ja­pan. H.I.S. also op­er­ates the Henn-na Ho­tel at which ro­bots take care of guests.

JA­PAN NEWS / YOMI­URI

d Sawyer serves a cup of cof­fee at the Shibuya Ward of Tokyo.

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