The coronavirus may have halted business at some 2,000 Starbucks (SBUX) stores in China, but it won’t stop the coffee-serving beast from unleashing one of its latest innovations even more out into the wild this year.
Artificial intelligence-enabled coffee machines.
Starbucks COO Rosalind (Roz) Brewer told analysts on a conference call Tuesday evening that 4,000 new Mastrena II coffee machines will arrive in stores this year. The company released 1,900 of these AI-enabled machines in 2019 following a launch in March.
All stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to have them by 2022.