Zipwhip's Espresso-making Robot

A Seattle start-up takes its coffee to high-tech heights.

What began as a search for a better coffee machine in a local start-up’s break room has evolved into the perfect Seattle combo: coffee and robots. Last winter, the employees at ZipWhip (, a Queen Anne-based company focused on “cloud texting” (i.e., taking text messaging beyond the bounds of mobile devices and onto all Internet-connected devices), were faced with both an inferior coffee pot and the challenge of promoting their new cloud texting app. The result was Textpresso, a Jura Impressa XS90 espresso machine souped up with tech to accept text-messaged coffee orders. Using the Zipwhip app, staff members can text in their coffee orders (from standard Americanos to special orders).

The Textspresso then reaches out its robotic arm, grabs a cup, concocts the requested brew and tops it off with a personalized label written in the foam with edible ink (so Smith in marketing won’t steal it from Martinez in development). If you’re jonesing for a Textspresso coffeemaker for your office, good news: Zipwhip recently made the plans and coding for the machine available online as an open-source document, so enterprising addicts can build their own automated baristas. Just be warned: CEO John Lauer reports the Textspresso has increased coffee consumption at Zipwhip, and even converted a tea drinker or two. 

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Capital One Reimagines Banking With Its First Retail Locations in Seattle

Capital One Reimagines Banking With Its First Retail Locations in Seattle

The new Capital One Café brings banking and living together
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A rendering of the new Capital One Cafe

Sponsored by Capital One

Residents and workers in Bellevue and South Lake Union neighborhoods will soon be doing their banking Seattle-style—in a new community space, hanging out, drinking coffee and taking care of business—as Capital One brings its new Capital One Café concept to Seattle in 2017.

The Capital One Café is an entirely new approach to banking in the Seattle region, providing a space where individuals can recharge their bank accounts, devices and lives while learning new ways to manage their finances, try innovative digital and financial tools, and grab a great cup of coffee. The Café is intended to serve as a community hub and the open layout will have a range of lounge seating and work spaces. Throw in free Wi-Fi and the resulting mix invites people to relax, get some work done, host study groups or community meetings, learn about finances, or just hang out with friends.

“We know industries are being disrupted by bold technologies and banking is no exception,” said Ryan Laudenbach, Seattle Market Lead for Capital One Café. “Customers want a swift, convenient banking experience, and sometimes, they want a personal connection, too. Our Capital One Cafés blend these needs giving individuals the ability to bank on their own terms.”

The newly announced second Capital One Café location will open in South Lake Union (333 Westlake Ave.), home to a growing number of top technology and life science companies, giving workers an extension to their offices or just a place for that area’s mobile workforce to take a break.

The Bellevue Capital One Café, located at The Bellevue Collection in the Lincoln Square Expansion along Bellevue Way (418 Bellevue Way NE), will be approximately 7,800 square feet with four ATMs on premise, three nooks and two meeting rooms for customers, partners and community members to use for work space.

Capital One has partnered with Fuji Bakery to provide freshly baked goods with a Japanese artisanal touch delivered from Seattle’s Interbay and International Districts. Each Café will also serve Peet’s handcrafted espresso, coffee and tea beverages.

In addition to bringing the Café concept to Seattle, this October Capital One will host a live streamed #CapXTalk to look beyond the natural confines of ‘finances’ and explore how visionaries are reimagining the role that technology and money play in our day-to-day lives. The panel discussion will include personal finance experts, such as Jake Fuentes, co-founder and CEO of Level Money, Stefanie O’Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life, and Erin Lowry of Broke Millennial. Be sure to watch the live stream at and participate using #CapXTalk on Thursday, October 13 at 10 a.m. PT.