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Square now tells your barista when to start brewing

Andy Bowen, @An_dbowen
October 8, 2014
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Square isn't just in the business of selling things -- it wants to help you buy stuff too. And now, it's taking the latter a step further by simplifying your daily quest for a piping-hot cup o' joe. After today's update, you can use the Square Order app to purchase coffee from a nearby Square-friendly cafe. So? Here's the cool part: By using your phone's location data, Order alerts the barista to start brewing the drink once you're within a certain distance from the shop.

Once you arrive, the pickup is a cinch: Just grab it, walk out and your payment will be processed automatically -- no lines, no interaction. That means whether you order the night before or while en route, you, the happy customer, is (almost) guaranteed a freshly made cup of java. And, if you have a regular routine, your favorite order customizations can be saved in the app for future use. Want to try it out? Blue Bottle coffee houses will support the feature as early as today, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it won't be the only business to jump on the bandwagon.

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