TOKYO – Japan has a robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista.
The robot barista Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo's downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya.
The single-armed robot 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.
It grinds coffee beans, fills a filter and pours hot water over a cup for up to five people at once. A cup of brewed coffee costs 320 yen ($3) and takes a few minutes.
The cafe operator, travel agency H.I.S. Co., says robots can increase productivity while also entertaining customers.