Coffee with Bitcoin at Roastery Cafe
This morning, Mark and I went to the Roastery Cafe, in South Brisbane to confirm the rumours about what has been described as Brisbane’s best flat white with Bitcoin.
To be honest, I hadn’t heard about this cafe, but on approach at 7am I was delighted to see an army of Mamils (middle aged men in lycra) sitting down for a brew. Love or hate cyclist, they do know the best coffee places in town.
I quickly realised what all the fuss was about. The roastery isn’t just your typical coffee outlet. Tucked away just off the South Bank’s Grey street, the Roastery is a full blown coffee machine. I don’t know what they do out the back, but there is a lot of impressive looking machinery.
I was quickly greeted by Bruce, the cafe owner who ran me through the operations. At the till, Bruce is using a tablet solution to generate a BTC QR code. The operator worked it well, and once I got the QR code to scan, the payment was seamless.
What I did notice while waiting to order, was alot of debit card use. The time take to run a debit card transaction, was roughly no more or less than using a phone / BTC solution. Definitely not a barrier to entry for merchant adoption.
South Brisbane isn’t an ideal location for me, but if I cycle via “The green bridge” then over Victoria Bridge into the city, it will mean I get some more kilometres in the legs, and get to spend my Bitcoins on coffee. Win win!