Roaming for Roasts : Meet Taobin, The Smart Robotic Barista

in Cinnamon Cup Coffee6 months ago

Is This The Future Of Coffee


Another question that would come to mind would be,

Are baristas going to be obsolete?

Well, they might as well be in the future. Love or hate it with the advancement of technology, somebody out there will figure out how to create a self-serving coffee machine that serves it just like how it’s done at the cafe.

I know that usually self-serving coffee perhaps doesn’t have the best beans, uses instant coffee, makes crappy coffee and all that but Tao-bin figured out how to solve those problems and offers new ways to bring coffee 24/7 in a much more economical and faster way than cafe.

The machine is disrupting the coffee and cafe industry and makes us rethink the way we see coffee and perhaps, cafe experience as a whole. Personally, I never see coffee just as a drink but rather as an experience but if you only see coffee as a beverage to get our caffeine addiction fixed, I am sure there is no need for a cafe especially with the self-serving coffee machine from a company called Tao-Bin.

When I discovered the machine, I was amazed. It made me rethink about the cafe industry in the future. To put it simply, Tao-bin is simply a vending machine that does not only coffee but also tea, protein shakes, smoothies, and water.They also serve some interesting coffee selections where they mix lychee with americano and also thai coffee. They have the menu printed on each side of the machine but for reference, here is their full menu Tao-Bin Menu.


What's even crazy is that you can choose the level of sweetness and mix-matched it with toppings that you might like. Essentially, it’s simply just like in a modern cafe where you can choose, hot, cold, blended and even make frappes from the machine. Except this machine does it faster and with extra conveniences for modern living.

What if you’re picky about beans and a coffee connoisseurs ?


In many vending machines, they sell instant coffee and with some lower quality coffee but Tao bin thus far offers premium beans. They use arabica mostly locally sourced but also beans options from other countries if you opt for single origin and light roast series. You can find all their beans options here Tao-Bin coffee options. So, you should have no worries about the beans that they are using because it’s not just some instant coffee. It’s coffee made with selected beans with different types of acidity and boldness.

Is it easy to use?


The machine comes with dual languages, Thai and English. Their user experience is pretty seamless and easy to use. You just have to pick the drinks that you want, customise it, and get the lid and the straw. They have an app but as a foreigner, you can simply opt for getting the change instead keeping it as a credit.

When it comes to pricing, they are slightly more expensive than local cafes but cheaper than Starbucks and Coffee in upscale places. With only 35 BATH, you could get some decent hot americano. There are also a few payment options that are customised to urbanised living in Thailand but as a foreigner, they also do cash which is extremely convenient.

If you don’t like dealing with baristas or people in general, I think that this is your best bet to get a coffee. The Robotic barista will cater your needs especially if you enjoy coffee as is rather than the experience itself.

I personally have used it a few times and am always excited when I can find one because it’s fast and somehow does the job. What I find interesting in Thailand is that the Starbucks is often too crowded and it’s not my thing to work from a crowded place. They also have uncomfortable chairs and tables without adequate sockets. When it comes to cafes over here, some that I glanced over have small tables and I am sure they don’t appreciate anyone opening up their laptop with full gears on. This is why, when it comes to coffee, I rely on Tao-bin and work from wherever I feel comfortable.


Tao-bin once again also makes me rethink about the future of barista but fortunately, I think this is only available in Thailand. Though with the conveniences that it has, I hope that it will be available abroad very soon and it seems like their team is looking for investors and expanding their business outside of Thailand. If they start popping out everywhere, I am sure personally there’s no need for a lousy cafe with bad coffee and dealing with a bad barista attitude.

I have tried a couple of their coffee and they were always done well especially with the sweetness that I picked. Sometimes I didn’t really put much sweetness in it and it tasted quite bitter which is actually pretty fine but it just tastes way better with more sugar. As I mentioned before, since their beans aren't instant coffee, it actually tastes really great and it doesn’t have that “instant” coffee taste but just coffee made by a barista but it’s made by a robot.

Considering everything, Taobin is really worth checking out. If you’re in Thailand, check out one of these machines and don’t forget to try the coffee, tea, or even protein shakes that you fancy.

Roaming For Roast is my newest series about all-things-coffee experience. If you enjoy coffee and cafe experiences, don’t miss out on this series.


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Whoa, the world is really changing. If ever those machine become widely used then it is really goodbye to those crappy barista with bad attitude, but the only thing is, it is also a goodbye job to those people who's looking for a job Like this. But anyways, I am curious to that too, for someone like me who hate facing people or who are very shy when it comes to ordering foods or whatever, this js a big help for me.

That's true, it's a big help for many people who don't like dealing with other people. I think one of the ways for the product to thrive is also making more specialty options where you can pick and choose the beans, that would have been awesome.

I love machines like these in any kind of restaurant or shop but that's just because I don't like interacting with people when I'm out and about. I've never seen one like this though where it also makes the coffee. Normally you just order on it then a real person makes it based on the order.

We need this machine everywhere now. I think if they add more beans selection that would have been good. For all I know, they have some but it was more like local beans than international beans. Not to mention, they have protein shakes and sodas options as well :D

What amazes me about these machines is the huge range of options. I wonder how they fit all the different ingredients in the one box!

I haven't tried one yet but the wife loves the teas. It looks like I'm now going to have to :-)

Oh yeah, that's also a secret that I didn't know. I saw the staff cleaning a few times but that was it and saw them inserting something to the machine. You should really try it because they also have non-sugary options and hot coffees too. I am surprised you haven't tried it. Also, today I found a cafe selling thai-laos-indonesian blend, it was a unique experience because it's my first time seeing that blends.

Perfect for introverts!


This has similar version in the Philippines and I have tried using thr machine. All I had to do is refill the water tank, put some beans, adjust the mixture according to what we like, them click continue. In just a minute, you can have the coffee in front you. It's great tho it requires a regular maintenance.

What is it called in the Philippine? that's also an interesting machine but yeah, I am sure it needs more maintenance because having a lot of menu isn't easy to do.

Personally, I never see coffee just as a drink but rather as an experience...

Same! Whether that is at home or at a cafe, the process of coffee being made (whether by me or others) and enjoying the delicious magical elixir, is about more than just slamming back a cup of joe.

As long as we have people like us, I am sure barista would still have a job. I think that it's going to be more about experience and learning for cafes in the future and the machine will stay to provide cheaper and quicker coffee.

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Personally, I never see coffee just as a drink but rather as an experience

Now that is the truth of it!! And with the coffee machine I can think it must certainly feel like a whole different experience all together!

It was interesting to find this one for sure. I think that the world is changing and so are the industry of coffee. I am sure at some point, there would be more of these options in the future and spanning across many countries.

This is a super interesting machine Mac, it reminds me of the Robot restaurants in Japan.
I like personal service and the human touch and interaction, so I would miss that using one of these machines. Still, I'm amazed by the technology:)

Right? it's just that missing that human touch but it's economical for urban living.

Yes, that true!

I'm intrigued about your Thailand visit:D

ah yes the start of AIs and now this, tho the range of beverages it provides is very awesome to know indeed! it's inly a matter of if all flavors are available at the same time perhaps? interesting to see something as hightech as diverse as this one 😄 thank you for sharing about your curious find!

It was an interesting find for sure and I am definitely amazed of it. I wish this kind of machine is available everywhere :D but I hope there are also place for barista to thrive. Thanks for checking this one out!

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wow, having coffee now is becoming more convenient. 🤗 It has a lot of coffee flavors, How I wish I can experience that too. ,🤗

That's true! I heard they have similar in the PH but maybe it's not everywhere yet?

Wow, what a cool coffee machine this is. Robot Baristas? I didn't think it would happen, but it looks like it has now. I feel this is a very good innovation, at least we will get a different experience and will always get a consistent taste. As we know, when humans brew coffee, the mood of the coffee brewer can affect the taste of the coffee.
Hopefully one day this machine will be in my city, at least I will definitely try it once.