Greenbox Barista

2020 | Machine
How do you like your coffee to be made? In an increasingly automated world, people are less and less in touch with the inner workings of their devices, may they be smart phones, self driving cars – or coffee machines. But is convenience really all that we strive for when interacting with technology? Did our curiosity and desire to open the blackbox fade away?

With ‘Greenbox Barista’ design duo Cream on Chrome tentatively calls upon the tactile joys in user experience again. Brewing coffee with the machine involves people in every step of the process, which the machine is glad to help with. This includes both manual actions from the user (such as turning the wheel to grind coffee beans, or pumping up water using a manual pump), as well as automated ones from Greenbox Barista – resulting not only in fresh, tasty coffee, but also a fun, collaborative experience between apparatus and visitors. The beverage is free and meant to share with others: one carafe yields three cups. ‘Greenbox Barista’ introduces a playful responsibility on the one hand by encouraging the user to play an active part in the production (and also in the disposal) of coffee. On the other hand the machine has a very responsive nature, reacting to one’s actions and communicating what it is doing through arcade-inspired light elements.

This machine was commissioned by z33 – House for Comtemporary Arts, Design and Architecture in 2020.
Electrical engineer: Pim Swinkels