Robot barista serves up safer coffee

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(KGW/NBC News)  At In J Coffee in Portland, Oregon, owner and U.S. coffee-roasting champ Joe Yang engineers the perfect cup of coffee for each and every customer.

“Because they trust me,” Yang said, “also they know that I just got the first place in the U.S roasting competition, so they really trust me.”

Patrons always expect a good cup of coffee at the shop, but recently they noticed their baristas look a little different. 

A few months ago, Yang and his friends were thinking of a way to keep customers and the business safe during the COVID-19 crisis. 

“We said, ‘We have to do something. We know it’s hard but we have to try,” Yang explained.

The result is a robot arm programmed to make and safely serve coffee with no physical contact, limiting the spread of coronavirus.

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