The app is best used on iPads at it allows for better displays of information due to the larger screen, as well a larger target for touch gestures.
Subtle animations aid in guiding the barista in training through each step in preparing their brew.
Paired with any smart coffee scale, the app takes input from the scale and judges the user's pouring speed.
As the user pours, the meter fills up, changing colour to indicate correction along the way.
Cafe managers can taste and evaluate their trainee's coffee and provide them with feedback as well as an overall score.
The trainee receives a report of their brew with feedback generated from the app as well as their managers.
The app identifies points in which critical errors were made and offers correction.
After identifying the users, I began to develop the core functionality of the app based on the current coffee brewing processes used by baristas as well as the evaluative process of coffee tasting.
The biggest challenge was creating an interface to aid in real time brewing that could replace the use of a traditional scale and timer but would not distract the barista during brewing.
Due to complications with COVID-19 I was unable to follow through with user testing arrangements that I had made with baristas based in Toronto. I had planned to simulate using the app with a pour over system in hopes of further improving the interface to better align with the current mental model for making pour over style coffee.
Moving forward with this project I would like to conduct research on design's role within the realm of education; specifically how it can be leveraged to aid people who are deemed visual learners. With this information I would love to further develop the "digital textbook" – a feature that would give the user access to essential knowledge on coffee and one that I was unable to flesh out due to the time constraints of the project.