Starbucks Prepares To Unleash 4,000 AI-Enabled Coffee Makers


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.

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