Coffee with Bitcoin at Roastery Cafe

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Merchants, Payments | 2 Comments

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.

Tae paying for coffee with BTC
The Bitcoin ATM was located at the back of the store.  A good security choice and also drew me to the back of the cafe.  A very solid piece of kit indeed, very in theme with the cafe. 

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!