House-roasted coffee in Manhattan is a rarity due to the tiny square-footage of most coffee shops, but The Roasting Plant, a new spot in the Lower East Side with computer-controlled roasters, is taking it a step further. Opened last week, their roasting system is fully automated, programmed to roast each type of bean differently. When a customer orders, overhead pipes deliver freshly roasted beans through a shuttle system into a custom Egro espresso maker. The result is a smooth, flavorful cup of coffee that doesn't get much fresher.
via Grub Street