Since the start of the pandemic, the words “contactless” and “touchless” have become the new buzz words in food tech. Nespresso Professional is the latest company to accommodate this COVID-19-prevention protocol: Today, the company announced the release of three new touchless features for the Nespresso Momento machines.
The Nespresso Momento machines are commonly found in office settings, so these new features aim to provide a safer coffee-making experience for those returning to work. The Nespresso Momento machine and its new features are available for businesses on the Nespresso Professional website.
One of the machine’s new features is an app, which allows a user to control the machine from their phone. A user must insert a capsule (so it’s not completely touchless), and then they are able to select the cup size and choose the recipe without ever touching the screen. The machine has a QR code that users scan with their phones to connect to the app.
The machine can also be set to automatically brew a cup of coffee when a particular pod is inserted. A user can pre-set the machine to brew a certain size or recipe with different coffee pods that the machine will automatically recognize when inserted. Lastly, the machine can be set to force users to clean the touch screen before using it again. A “lock screen” appears after every use, and it must be disinfected to use the screen.
Amongst Nespresso Professional, countless other companies have also expanded to oblige with COVID-19 safety precautions in the workplace. Pepsico released a Sodastream Professional over the summer that allows users to select different unsweetened, carbonated beverages through a mobile app. Minnow’s pods, which are essentially Amazon lockers for food, can be placed in a workplace to provide a solution for contactless food pick-up and delivery. With no clear end to the pandemic, these new contactless features don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
In November, Nespresso Professional will additionally be launching a single touch capsule filling dispenser that is compatible with the Nespresso Momento machine.