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.