Posts Tagged ‘brews’
The folks at Zipwhip may have unwittingly discovered a new business model. While the company is primarily focused on cloud messaging services, it’s recently created an espresso maker that allows employees to whip up custom brews from the comfort of their mobile phone. Known as TextSpresso, it’s based on the Jura Impressa XS90, but unlike the retail model, the machine accepts orders via SMS. As if that weren’t enough, it’s part of a larger system that’s capable of printing employee names onto the foam (using edible ink) and then placing the drink onto a warming tray. TextSpresso is very much a custom job, but if you’d like an inside peek of the system — complete with servo motors, an Arduino microcontroller and a retro-fitted Canon printer — be sure to hop the break and dream of what could be.
If your work environment consists of coworkers constantly yelling “venti half-caf red eye” across the “office,” then you’ll be pleased to know that Starbucks has made it faster and easier to get online. By extending its free
one-click two-click WiFi service to 650 stores in the UK, over caffeinated Brits will now be able to access gratis internet without having to sign up for a Starbucks Rewards card — a former requirement on the coffee conglomerate’s BT Openzone network. Now, if we could only find a chair…