Israeli food-tech startup Milkit recently completed a test of its milk-on-tap invention at 10 Starbucks Germany locations.

The system consists of a patented environmentally friendly 15- or 17-liter bag connected to an electric tap that delivers precise amounts of milk quickly and efficiently via a programmable pouring mechanism.

Milkit aims to reduce the use of single-use milk containers and the space they require for storage and disposal; and reduce milk wastage by pouring precisely and enabling boiled milk to be recycled.

As reported in Israeli daily Calcalist, the four-month-long pilot in Munich and Hamburg resulted in an 8% savings on milk consumption. Starbucks Germany now plans to roll out Milkit’s electric milk-dispensing system to 140 of its locations over the next two years.

Founded in 2014 in Herzliya, Milkit has raised $1.5 million. Its clients include Israeli hotels and cafés, international chocolate chain Max Brenner, and locations in several European countries such as Illy University of Coffee in Trieste, Italy. Its first Starbucks installation was in 2017 in Prague.

The Milkit product won a People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Melbourne International Coffee Expo.