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Is a cashless café the way to go?

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Brisbane is home to a doozy among the Australian café scene: a cash-LESS café.

Yes, we are all very accustomed to just pulling out our card  and waving it across the eftpos screen to pay for our daily coffee. But that doesn’t mean that we should get rid of cash completely! Does it?

The reality is that although most coffees cost between 3 and 6 dollars – wish can very easily be paid for using three little gold coins – most customers use card as their payment of choice anyway. So really, there’s little harm in making the switch altogether from cash to card.

Saxon Wright, owner of the cashless café Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee Roasters, says that “cash” is one of the biggest “headaches” of running a café, and found himself questioning the necessity of cash in daily café operations.

“So we thought, ‘what if we didn’t have it?'” he reported to the ABC.

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via: Pablo and Rusty’s

It’s true. When the person in front of you in the line orders a weak, extra hot, skinny cappuccino (without the chocolate), you just pray that they don’t begin to rummage through their wallet in search of the correct change. Let’s keep it concise people!

So by making the move to electronic-only payment, Saxon Wright is merely reminding other business owners that it is possible to be forward-thinking without scaring away customers in the process.

“I think it’s going to become a cashless and even wallet-less society in time,” he said.

“So we just wanted to take a step towards that and show other businesses that it’s possible to do it.”

Besides the clear benefit of efficiency and convenience, Wright also says that a cashless venue culture makes for a more secure business, eliminating the need to count the till and cash-up at the end of the day.

And if the card is not high-tech enough for you, simply wave your Frank Green Smart coffee cup in front of the pay-pass screen to pay for your coffee. How’s that for transforming the café industry!

Something to think about for your café? Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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Frank Green Smart Coffee Cup via: SMH

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