Video: Roasting Plant Coffee’s Javabot in Action

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Would you like your coffee with a side of gee-whiz? Roasting Plant delivers fresh coffee like no other using a system of tubes to transport fresh beans directly from the roaster to the brewer and into your cup.

A patented Roasting Plant invention, Javabot first holds raw beans in a series of clear storage columns. When it’s time for roasting, the beans are automatically measured out by weight and then whisked away into the roaster via bursts of air through clear pneumatic tubes. It’s exciting to watch, but the process isn’t just for show. Those curved tubes are specifically designed to keep the freshly roasted beans from breaking in transit. (Like grinding, breakage releases coffee’s flavor, which should ideally happen only moments before brewing.) Once roasted, the beans are blown back into the columns where they rest for no longer than 48 hours, allowing their flavors to mature without decaying. Then they’re dispensed in first-in-first-out order into the brewer at the peak level of freshness. For each cup of joe, travelers can select up to three of the sixteen different varieties of beans—making each cup a personalized blend.


Roasting Plant is located near Gate 10 on Concourse E, Terminal 1-Lindbergh.


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