Since the Amazon Echo’s introduction in 2015, Alexa’s capabilities have been rapidly expanding. People can now use Alexa to do everything from playing music to ordering pizza, and it looks as if this most recent update makes it easier to get your caffeine fix. Starbucks has made it easier to order drinks using their mobile app, and as of today Alexa has a new skill that integrates with said app to let you place your usual order via voice before even leaving the house.
The skill is available for both Echo products and Amazon’s Fire TV, so if you’re watching your favorite show and feel the need to make a Starbucks run, it will be pretty easy to have your coffee ready and waiting as soon as you arrive at the store. Critics of the skill note that Alexa only lets you place your most recent order and doesn’t allow for placing an order to be ready at a specific time. This can create a real issue, as it limits the practicality of using Alexa to order coffee if you live any distance away from the shop. What’s the point of using the Echo to get your coffee if it will be cold when you get there?
The development team seems committed to making sure the skill remains practical, however, as they’ve responded to some negative reviews:
“We’re already working an update that will include the ability to switch to different ‘previous orders’ using just voice, which should give you a little more flexibility. Stay tuned!”
Only time will tell if we’re close to a future where your coffee can be ready and waiting right as you arrive at the shop. For now, it isn’t super feasible, but we’ll have to see what the development team adds as they continue to work on the feature.