I was not in Japan. Instead, this Japan technology was brought in our hometown. I never saw a “Made in Japan” tag but I could never thought of anyone who made this. Japanese love inventing for convenience and that includes vendo machines that serve natural foods. I’ve seen one serving large live crabs on TV. Now this huge vendo is serving freshly brewed coffee straight from roasted beans. It eliminates the need for coffee bar and barista.
It has wide coffee selection. From completely black to with sugar and cream and iced variations. The customer even have the option to experiment using the taste adjuster.
It is unlike cheap and small machines which are only equipped with hot water and instant flavorings. This giant counterpart do natural brewing process. Grind roasted coffee, extract with hot water and pressure, then add flavorings as customer desired. The customer only need to insert bill through the loading bay, push few buttons, wait a moment and walk away with the beverage at hand.
Integrating the roasting machine in the near future is highly probable. Roast profile can be adjusted to suite taste.
Few minutes after lunch. I was very sleepy. I normally take a nap when I’m home. I was attending food exhibit so napping was not an option. I guessed a cup of hot coffee would ease me. I took out a bill and went to the second vendo machine. The first was obviously out of order. LCD panel was off. However, the second won’t accept the bill. Two machines out of order.
The machine was made by man. When it fails, it needs human hand for the fix. The technical assistance I need was impossible at the moment so no coffee for me.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.