A smartphone-controlled coffee house, from Briggo and Fuseproject

Yves Behar’s Fuseproject consultancy has worked with US technology firm Briggo to develop the Briggo Coffee Haus, a new smartphone-controlled coffee kiosk.

Briggo Coffee Haus sign
Briggo Coffee Haus sign

The app or website-controlled system lets customers order a cup of coffee exactly the way they like it and specify the time they want to pick it up, to avoid having to wait in line.

Coffee is pre-ordered via an app or website
Coffee is pre-ordered via an app or website

Customers can also save their favourite coffee recipe and receive a text message when the drink is ready.

Behar says, ‘It was important for the design to turn Briggo into a destination rather than a thing. We named it Coffee Haus and designed it to look, smell and feel like a coffee shop.’

The kiosk features embedded touchscreens, which people can also use to order from, with digital status updates providing information on orders.

A coffee drinker at the Briggo kiosk
A coffee drinker at the Briggo kiosk

It uses materials including wood veneer, glass and aluminium, and transparent areas reveal some of the coffee-making robotics, with sounds including beans grinding.

Behar says that when the coffee is ready it is ‘ceremoniously’ presented on a ‘magical turntable’.

The Briggo turntable
The Briggo turntable

Briggo says it is aiming to take on established chains such as Starbucks by targeting ‘locations where high-quality coffee offerings have not been previously available’.

The kiosk has been designed to be easy to install in locations such as airports, hospitals, offices and universities.

Collecting the coffee
Collecting the coffee

The company claims it is not aiming to take jobs away from baristas, saying, ‘Our goal is to place the Briggo Coffee Haus in locations where building an entire coffee shop does not make sense.’

The first of the newly-designed Briggo kiosks is being installed in The University of Texas campus in Austin, and is set to roll out to further US venues later this year.

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