At the fully automatic Henn na Café (Strange Café), a robot serves both freshly brewed filter coffee and delicious coffee specialities from the Melitta Cafina XT4.

Just 10 square metres in size, the new café in the Shibuya Modi store is causing quite a sensation. Guests first select and pay for the drink they want at a terminal and receive a coupon with a QR code. As soon as they scan this receipt at the counter, Sawyer the robot starts to prepare their coffee for them.

‘Authentic drip coffee’ is the most difficult task for the robot. Its long arm first grabs the cup, places it in the automatic pour-over station, then takes the filter and puts it next to the coffee grinder, starts the grinder and pours the ground coffee into the filter, places the filled filter back into the station, and starts the brewing process. In the filter station, hot water then runs through the ground coffee and filters into the cup. Finally, Sawyer picks up the filled cup and serves it at the counter. The robot then cleans the filter for its next use.

Sawyer has much less to do when preparing the six other specialties on offer. Whether americano, café latte, cappuccino, café mocha, matcha latte or cocoa: the robot simply places the cup under the outlet of the Melitta Cafina XT4, presses the button for the chosen coffee, and serves the filled cup.

The grinding, brewing, milk frothing, and mixing processes are all handled by the fully automatic coffee machine by Melitta Professional Coffee Solutions.