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Brief Published: 28 May 2012



Textspresso – created by Seattle-based cloud texting company ZipWhip – is an espresso machine that adds a personal touch to the early morning caffeine kick.

The nifty device is a Jura Impressa Xs90 espresso machine that’s been retrofitted with servo motors, an Arduino microcontroller and a Canon printer, which allows the coffee machine to receive and send text messages and even print those messages directly onto coffee foam using edible ink.

Although ZipWhip created the one-off Textspresso to show off its cloud texting service, the company plan to make the code and plans for the device open source. The technology opens up a world of personalisation possibilities in the hot beverage industry.