Michelin starred restaurants are serving Nespresso coffee . Why ? Because automation produces a consistent coffee. With sufficient quality inputs (coffee, machine etc), you will achieve a better overall outcome:
… in most cases mechanisation is competing not against the artisanal best but against the human mean. So, even if the very best coffee is still made the traditional way by a skilled, human barista, all Nespresso need do is produce better coffee than the majority of baristas, whom most coffee fanatics describe as incompetent anyway.
Its not just about automating coffee, leading restaurants are focussing on the quality of the inputs, system design and the outcome.
Even at El Bulli in Spain, voted the world’s best restaurant for a record five years before it closed in July 2011, this basic principle was evident. Head chef Ferran Adrià and his core team were not actually the ones preparing the food on the night. Their main role was to develop dishes, in a form of gastronomic R&D, during the six months of each year that El Bulli was closed. The restaurant kitchen itself was really just a very fancy production line. ‘You have to function like perfect machines,’ Adrià was shown telling the kitchen staff in the documentary El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2011). If that’s true, then in the long run, why not simply use perfect machines in restaurant kitchens, just as computerisation and mechanisation took human beings off the production floors of car plants?
In short, the El Bulli chefs spent six months designing a product and then modified the automation system to produce a consistent product, reliably delivered at a predictable price.
The EtherealMind View
That should sound familiar to anyone working in Enterprise IT and thinking about the business reasons for software defined data centre, private or public clouds – choice is a question of which automation / production line is suited to your needs.
The real value is the design of production line.
Link: Is nothing sacred any more? The death of artisan coffee | Aeon Essays – https://aeon.co/essays/is-nothing-sacred-any-more-the-death-of-artisan-coffee