Brooklyn-based Poursteady brought their coffee making machine to Engadget Expand earlier this week. The automated device is designed to replicate the very particular, very pretentious, pour-over coffee making technique. The process requires that precisely heated water be poured over the grounds at certain intervals, using a circular motion. Poursteady decided to take an industrial robotics approach to the process and create a product for coffee houses.
Unlike the humanoid coffee maker, Nextage, Poursteady is not indented to replace baristas. The makers claim Poursteady will merely take over the more repetitive aspects of the job that require careful timing, leaving the barista “free to use their expertise in programming it and serving their customers,” says Poursteady co-founder Stephan von Muehlen.
Thankfully, baristas will not have to breakout their O’Reilly C++ book before brewing. Everything from water temperature to brew time can be controlled via a smartphone application. Some might argue that this is more machine that robot. But let’s face it, the Poursteady makes a French Press seem downright rustic!
If you are interested in supporting robotic caffeination, you might want to visit their Kickstarter page.