The Carvana vending system is set to open later this month, bringing a new twist to the already crowded coffee-and-snack market.
The company will be opening a handful of kiosks in the city and in its hometown of Chicago, but a much bigger deal is happening at its corporate headquarters, where the machines will be located.
The first vending machines will open at the company’s Chicago headquarters on Thursday, and the company says it will be doing an “overwhelming number” of business on the day the machines open.
The announcement comes just days after Carvana co-founder Mark Jura told the Chicago Tribune that the company has plans to open up 20,000 machines by the end of the year.
The Chicago company will also open its first Starbucks in the Loop, which will serve the coffee-drinking machines as well.
Carmen De la Cruz/Business Insider”It’s a really exciting time for coffee,” Jura said of the company launching its coffee vending machines in Chicago.
“It’s about bringing new coffee and other beverage options to our customers, and we’re really excited to bring that to Chicago.”
Jura told reporters at the announcement that the first machines will serve up a variety of drinks, including a drink made with coffee beans from Carvana, as well as the usual cup of coffee and espresso, along with a hot drink made from Carava pods, which Carvana says are high in antioxidants and caffeine.
“The coffee is the main attraction, but then we have a range of other drinks that you can enjoy,” Juraj said.
“We are really excited about Chicago and our future there.”
Juraj told reporters that he and Carvana CEO Andrew Rader wanted to take advantage of the city’s new coffee market and build on its growing coffee culture.
They’ve already made changes to the coffee machine design, including adding a coffee filter that is able to filter out more coffee, and adding an espresso machine to the company.
Carvana also plans to introduce a range, including drip coffee, as an option.
But for now, the coffee vending machine will be the only one that is open to customers who have a regular coffee shop.
The rest of the locations are open to the public.
Café-style coffee machines are already available in cities like New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami.
But it’s hard to see why these coffee machines couldn’t become a big part of the coffee scene in Chicago, especially with the current popularity of coffee drinks like lattes and iced coffee.
Carvana’s move into Chicago is sure to draw attention from other companies, including Starbucks, which is in the midst of expanding its Chicago coffee shop to an additional 200 locations.