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Singapore startup launches first-of-its-kind machine to brew kopitiam-style coffee

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Singapore startup launches first-of-its-kind machine to brew kopitiam-style coffee

SINGAPORE, Aug 14 — Avid kopi drinkers could soon find that the next cup of coffee they order from their local coffee shop is brewed by a homegrown automated coffee machine , rather than hand brewed by a skilled kopi “tao chiew.” The machine — named the KopiMatic — is the brainchild...

SINGAPORE, Aug 14 — Avid kopi drinkers could soon find that the next cup of coffee they order from their local coffee shop is brewed by a homegrown automated coffee machine, rather than hand brewed by a skilled kopi “tao chiew.”Nanyang-style coffee is the type usually served in kopitiams, with the flavour enhanced by the use of palm oil or butter in the roasting process. This type of coffee has always been handmade, unlike coffee in upscale outlets such as Starbucks where machines are the norm.

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Singapore startup launches first-of-its-kind machine to brew kopitiam-style coffee Friday, 14 Aug 2020 07:43 AM MYT Hawkermatic founder Jason Thai (pictured) created the KopiMatic when he could not find a skilled kopi 'tao chiew.800 Singapore workers newly quarantined after discovery of Covid-19 patient in cleared dormitory Thursday, 13 Aug 2020 06:59 AM MYT All migrant workers living in dormitories have been tested for Covid-19, the Manpower Ministry (MOM) said in a joint statement with several other government agencies August 11, 2020.Five arrested after coffee shop fight on Singapore National Day Thursday, 13 Aug 2020 07:08 PM MYT In a video of the incident posted on Facebook, several people can be seen scuffling with each other and shouting at a coffee shop.Immigration Dept ready for Aug 17 Johor-Singapore border reopening Thursday, 13 Aug 2020 07:18 PM MYT BY BEN TAN Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim was briefed on preparations for the conditional reopening of the border from August 17.

' The team plans to roll out 1,000 machines by 2022. — TODAY pic SINGAPORE, Aug 14 — Avid kopi drinkers could soon find that the next cup of coffee they order from their local coffee shop is brewed by a homegrown automated coffee machine, rather than hand brewed by a skilled kopi “tao chiew. The MOH said yesterday that the quarantined workers are among about 22,800 who are still serving out their quarantine period.” The machine — named the KopiMatic — is the brainchild of Jason Thai, who came up with the idea when he could not find a skilled kopi brewer after opening his canteen-style coffee shop at Infinite Studios in One-north in 2015. After investigations, officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division identified the suspects, aged between 52 and 65, and arrested them on Aug 11. “(Back then) I thought maybe there’s a machine which can actually make Nanyang-style coffee so I can have that role filled and then be the cashier, but then I discovered that this machine did not exist,” he said. TODAY has asked the ministry which dormitory the case came from. Nanyang-style coffee is the type usually served in kopitiams, with the flavour enhanced by the use of palm oil or butter in the roasting process. Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim had visited the venue earlier and was also briefed on preparations for the conditional reopening of the border from August 17.

This type of coffee has always been handmade, unlike coffee in upscale outlets such as Starbucks where machines are the norm. In the joint statement, the agencies said that there had already been instances where new cases were detected at previously cleared dormitories. Investigations into the incident are ongoing. Discovering this gap in the market, the 51-year-old decided to take matters into his own hands and took on the challenge of making the first version of the KopiMatic. Though Thai has always had a passion for building things — dabbling in carpentry and metal work — the complexity of the KopiMatic required him to pick up more skills, and he learned 3D printing and computer-aided design and manufacturing to create the prototypes. This is done through various safeguards including requiring workers to monitor their own health and regular routine testing of workers in higher risk settings. The KopiMatic went through three iterations before Thai settled on what he calls “version three” of the machine. He recalled that at first, the machine was just a row of pumps on a metal shelf and the pipes were scattered around. Yesterday, the authorities said that they are starting small-scale trials this month for residents in selected cleared dormitories to visit recreation centres on their rest days, so that they may run personal errands such as buying groceries, Sim cards and remitting money. This was followed by a joint statement by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on July 14 that both countries have set August 10 as the target date for the start of both agreed schemes.

Now, the KopiMatic has become more compact and ergonomic. It features a dual dispenser and a set of buttons corresponding to the various common kopi orders that any staff member can easily navigate and press to mix a drink to the customer’s taste. The remaining 30 are migrant workers staying in dormitories. Businesses can install the machine in their shops for S$250 a month on a hire purchase plan. Thai and the team at startup Hawkermatic said they have received interest from at least 10 local coffee shop chains, spanning 200 outlets in total. They hope to roll out 1,000 units by 2022. Related Articles.

The machines are being made in Singapore. Machine passed multiple taste tests Of course, the first question on every kopi lover’s mind is whether the taste of the coffee brewed by the KopiMatic compares to a cup carefully brewed by a trained kopi “tao chiew.” Thai and the team at Hawkermatic told TODAY during a media preview yesterday that they are confident even a kopi connoisseur will not be able to tell the difference between the machine and a trained hand. He recalled that two years ago, when he told his regular patrons that he was shutting his coffee shop to sell the KopiMatic to other food and beverage businesses, his customers were surprised to learn that they had been drinking coffee from a machine this whole time. “I’ve sold about 60,000 cups using the older version (of the machine) and people liked it,” he said.

And it is not just the patrons. The team at Hawkermatic also invited several bosses of local kopitiam chains to test the machine out for themselves to see if it could match the traditionally brewed coffee in taste and quality. In a taste test, the kopitiam bosses could not tell the difference between a cup brewed on the spot by one of their staff members and a cup brewed by the KopiMatic. On top of that, Thai said what appealed to the bosses was the consistency of each cup of coffee that the KopiMatic promises. “The consistency (of each cup of coffee) has always been a problem for them,” he said.

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