Automating the Nespresso Coffee Machine Part 3



Step 1: 

Follow the steps in my previous blog entry to connect the Nespresso machine to the internet using particle photon and a servo.

Step 2: 

Now we build an API.AI agent to handle the natural language request translation, this would require building an agent and training it to understand the requests and how to translate them.

Create Agent

Each agent should have a specific domain, in our case the agent’s domain will be home automation.


Create new Intent

The intent is the action flow for the agent, it will include the agent training set and the expressions it is to expect and the parameters it expects to gather before invoking an action. In our case the device to use and whether to warm the device or actually make the coffee.

Create Entities 

Here we create the entities (also serve as parameters) that the intent will use.

I defined two abstract entities, device and action.

I then created 1 device instance :Coffee machine and listed all the synonyms i usually use to refer to it.

Two actions were then defined : Warm and make, also with all the synonyms usually used to refer to them.

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Configure intent

Now we go back to the intent and add the user expressions (commands) I added some expressions such as :

  • can I have some coffee please
  • heat up the Nespresso machine
  • prepare the Nespresso machine
  • make me some coffee please

Make sure that the entities are mapped in your expressions. If not you can click on any of the terms and manually map it to the correct entity.


The next step is to define the required parameters for the actions, scroll to the actions section and expand it and add the required entities, in this case we have two required parameters : Device and Action. Also add what should the agent prompt the user if a parameter is missing. For instance you an ask the user for action if it was not picked up from the initial interaction or the device if it was not mentioned.

Fill the action field with a name that can be used by the backend code to execute the user’s request such as : coffeemachine, this will be used by our backend to understand how to execute it along with the parameters.


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Scroll down to the full filment section and tick the use webhooks checkbox.



Go to the response section and add a response such as : “working on it.” This will later be replaced by the webservice response, or if the service timed out.

Test Your agent

In theory the agent is ready now to translate requests so its time for some QA, the test scenarios you should try are a fully completed request and a partial request to check whether the more info question prompt would be triggered or not.

The JSON interpretation of the request should include in the result object the request interpretation in this case

Action ->  warm

coffee_machine ->  coffee machine

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Integrate with FB chat 

This will allow you to talk with your bot through facebook chat. Follow the steps here-> How to link with FB chat.

Step 3 :

In this step we  set up the webhook endpoint that this agent is going to use as a back end

Go to the fulfillment tab and fill in the url as acquired while building the service (part2).

Now you are ready to go, test your bot again and you should get your coffee made for you.


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