From the same company that brought us Redbox and Coinstar, we now have Rubi — an automated, made-to-order coffee kiosk that would probably like to see Starbucks go the way of Blockbuster.
So far, there is just one of them in our area, but if you seek it out this Sunday, you can get a free small cup of Seattle's Best Coffee by using the code RUBI929 in honor of National Coffee Day. If you want a larger size, the same code will take $1 off the price.
You'll find the kiosk at Lake Bluff's Dominick's, 201 Waukegan Road. Click here for kiosk locations in other towns.
What exactly is Rubi? Here's how they described themselves to us in a news release:
"Rubi kiosks feature the latest technology to serve made-to-order coffee and specialty drinks. Each cup begins with fresh, premium-quality Arabica beans from Seattle’s Best Coffee, run through a precision burr grinder and brewed on-demand in a French press-style chamber using filtered water. Rubi kiosks offer further individual customization by allowing customers to choose their desired levels of sweetener and creamer via Rubi’s dynamic and easy to use touch screen."