|▲ Folletto Robotics / CEO Park Noh-sup|
(PowerKorea) In this time of AI and bid data, the move of Folletto Robotics is worth paying attention. Folletto is the name of a 3D printer and Robotics is the name of the barista robot Happy Bones. Folletto Robotics started business as a printer company in 1998. With rapid growth of coffee industry in South Korea, CEO Park Noh-sup brought up an idea of applying its accumulated 3D printing techniques to coffee industry by introducing a latte art printer Folletto in 2017.
Using a safe edible substance, the printer realizes various images on top of the latte: a photo image in your smartphone is shifted on top of your latte within 20 seconds. Wowing both the industry circles and coffee lovers, Folletto has been appeared in the media not only in South Korea but in Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and many more from which a hundreds of inquiries for samples are pouring in. It is notable that Folletto is already installed in the head office of SM Entertainment, Daewon Media, and Korea Institute of Design Promotion Daejeon.
If you are thinking of running a manless store, Happy Bones might suit your need. The robotic coffee maker can remove worries especially of labor cost as it can make around 2 kinds of lemonade and 16 kinds of coffee including Americano, latte, cappuccino, caramel macchiato and vanilla latte. Also loaded in Happy Bones is self-steam cleaning.
Happy Bones works like a real barista as it not only makes coffee and self-cleans but also put a cup into the position and draws an image on top of latte faster than a barista can do. It takes, for example, only 36 seconds to make an Americano. CEO Park has obtained 6 patents for these state of the art techniques and 7 more is on the way.
Coffee shop has a high turnover rate as most employees are part timers. It is reported that quite a lot of business runners give up on this tiring staff management. In this respect, the barista robot Happy Bones can be a desirable choice.
“Around 70 cups of coffee is sold daily in a cafe. The problem is that an existing robotic solution costs around 100,000 won ($90,000). It means that you need to sell at least 200 cups a day to make up the cost which is rare. This is the reason that a Happy Bones costs half the market price” says Park.
Taste-wise, Happy Bones uses the best quality coffee beans possible in the market and the standardized coffee making gives the standardized coffee taste throughout the business hours. What is more? The store runs 24/7 and Park is working on introducing 24 hour drive-thru, building a delivery robot system and app-based order and pay soon.
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