April 12, 2022
Miso Robotics, which is developing robotics and intelligent automation for the restaurant industry, has announced its latest product line, CookRight Coffee. The AI-powered system is designed to monitor key coffee metrics such as volume, temperature and time data, and combine these with data analytics to guarantee a quality cup of coffee and more efficient team member experience. Miso has teamed up with Panera Bread to evaluate and test the CookRight Coffee system.
At Panera, the system is designed to improve the coffee monitoring process, eliminating the need for manual checks of the coffee urns and providing easy and accurate insights into volume and temperature. This lets Panera associates brew a new batch at precisely the right time, so coffee stays fresh and hot for Panera guests. The innovation also supports Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club membership, which lets subscribers drink unlimited coffee and tea for $8.99 per month.
“Panera has a long history of tech innovation in service of meeting the needs of our guests and associates when they walk through our doors each day,” said George Hanson, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Panera. “CookRight Coffee is a game-changer when it comes to convenience and operational efficiency, and we are extremely excited to take our coffee station into the future with Miso Robotics.”
The coffee system is the newest iteration of Miso’s CookRight system, engineered to evolve as it learns its environment and adds new enhancements over time.
“In order to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving restaurant industry, we want our products to come to market quickly and maintain a high level of flexibility,” said Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics. “When we announced the CookRight platform in 2021, we knew we could apply it to various stations at a restaurant as the product developed, and we saw an immediate need for it at the coffee station. We are thrilled that Panera shares in our vision to revamp the coffee monitoring process, and can’t wait for CookRight Coffee to be installed at their restaurants to help customers and team members alike.”
Miso Robotics has developed several foodservice robotics systems that incorporate machine learning, computer vision and data analytics. Systems include Flippy 2, CookRight and Sippy, as well as the new Chippy system that helps Chipotle create tortilla chips. For additional details on their technology, visit the Miso Robotics website here.