Last year, I spoke at La Marzocco’s Out of the Box event about the inevitability of automation and how it will affect the role of the Barista (video here
As the weeks go by, automation is continuing to replace, and better, the incumbent coffee professionals (that’s us). This week’s newsletter is an update on the technologies driving these changes, from roasting through to drinking.
My stance is that automation won’t kill the Barista profession. Instead I believe it will augment the role, allowing humans to do what they do best: interacting with humans (something machines are nowhere near grasping, and unfortunately something that specialty coffee professionals aren’t especially good at either).
I know this is a somewhat morbid conversation for a Barista newsletter, but it’s a topic we really should be thinking and talking about sooner rather than later.