A New Detroit Coffee Shop Uses Bots And Looks Like a Laboratory

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UPDATE: The Roasting Plant officially opens Friday, January 31, according to a press release published Thursday.

Detroiters will soon be able to have a cup of coffee made by a robot.

The Roasting Plant, a New York-based coffee company, is doing a soft launch in its Detroit location on the ground floor of the First National Building on the corner of Woodward and Cadillac Square.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the shop as curious passers-by stare through big picture windows at what looks like a giant chemistry set with touches of a microbrewery. The Roasting Plant opened to the public for a couple of hours on Saturday, and people spilled in, taking photos and asking questions.

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