Zipwhip Powers World’s First Text-Enabled Espresso Machine


Textspresso. It’s a beautiful thing. In order to combine our cloud texting service with Seattle’s technology and coffee cultures, we created a machine that sends and receives text messages while simultaneously making a coffee. You heard right. We’ve got a robotic barista in the house. Did we mention there’s also a warming plate to keep your coffee warm? Once that feature was completed we decided to take things to the next level. We added an edible ink jet printer that provided a truly over the top touch. The build was completed with lots of head-scratching and weekend work. It was worth it. We’re having trouble keeping beans on hand and our engineers are working through the night.

We are not in the business of making these machines commercially. This is the only machine of its kind and it’ll be living right here in our Seattle headquarters. We created it to show off the power of our cloud texting technology. Simply put, our service allows you to send and receive text messages from your computer using your main mobile number. It’s very simple…building Textspresso was not.

If you have an Android powered smartphone you can go to now to download our apps and start utilizing our technology. As for the Textspresso, if you’re interested in making one of your own we’ll be open sourcing all of the code and build plans in the near future. Just be sure to send us some video of your creation! Until then you’ll have to stick with those over-priced Americanos from Starbucks.

We just made human baristas old school.

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96 thoughts

  1. You could probably add a few sonar sensors, laser range finders, or optical flow sensors to help track where things are a bit better. We have all 3 on our Arduino/Android powered autonomous robot that we are working on for Robothon

    1. Wow, that’s impressive! This is very much a beta version of the machine. Remember that this is just a side project for us. We’re a text messaging company and we wanted it primarily to show off the power of our softare…and to get coffee in a very cool way.

  2. i understand zipwhip is not interested in robotising starbucks but they should consider expanding this delivery system in the seattle area this is a business model with potential. faster coffee and no human giving me the wrong order seems like a huge demand could be met.

  3. Hey Blog,
    I was wondering on a similar note,, I want to open a drive through espresso business, but I have no idea where to start. How much does it cost to build one, and what type of equipments, and etc. Do I need to pay one of those consultant, it is quite expensive. Advices from drive-through coffee owner would be great!
    All the Best

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  5. Stumbled upon this page just today… awesome idea! As it happens i have a Jura Impressa lying around and would love to fiddle with it. Mostly I have a question about arduino->Impressa interface. Any help there would be immensely appreciated.

    Wish you perfect crema… Dejan

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