‘Strange cafe’ opens in Shibuya
March 21, 2018 | 76° | Check Traffic


‘Strange cafe’ opens in Shibuya


    A robot named Sawyer serves a cup of coffee at the Henna Cafe in Shibuya Ward of Tokyo.


TOKYO >> 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.

Comments (0)
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.