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Food & Beverage

Japan's robo-baristas whip up your favorite brews with AI

Convenient, personalized coffee services draw choosy consumers

The Root C machine lets customers order in advance to have their drinks ready when they arrive. (Photo courtesy of New Innovations)

TOKYO -- For many harried commuters in the morning, a steaming cup of coffee is the only way to start a productive day, and the quicker they can get one, the better. In Japan, a java-brewing robot is making that easier.

Now customers at Tokyo's Shimbashi Station can have a freshly brewed cup tailored to their tastes waiting for them when they arrive -- all with no human barista in sight.

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