Wednesday 29th Jan 2020 - Robotics and Innovation

Coffee-making robot serves San Jose International airport customers at Cafe X

Facilities News

Cafe X, where customers are served by a robotic barista, has opened its first outlet in San Jose International Airport (SJC).

The barista is capable of making and serving more than 10 orders simultaneously within minutes.

Cafe X is located in Terminal B, and it uses locally-sourced ingredients including California-roasted coffee beans. The cafe will also be offering pastries that are Instagram-famous from Third Culture Bakery.

“I had the idea of a robot making coffee after waiting over 30 minutes for coffee at an airport a few years ago. It’s super rewarding to now be launching our first airport Cafe X location. We look forward to entertaining travellers with our friendly, dancing robotic barista while saving them from what seems like an eternity of waiting in line for coffee,” said Henry Hu, Cafe X’s founder and CEO.

The cafe has an interior design complemented with modern user interfaces, chill hip-hop beats, and a dancing robot.

“With our growing passenger base and a focus on transforming how Silicon Valley travels, we partnered with Cafe X to serve our passengers traveling through the recently-opened Gates 31-36 concourse in Terminal B,” said SJC’s director of aviation John Aitken.

“This advanced Robotic Coffee Bar experience is the perfect complement for our state-of-the-art airport and the high-tech region and customers we serve. Cafe X delivers an innovative solution to meet the demand for coffee service, our customers’ most requested concession.”