A coffee shop that refuses to let customers pay for purchases with cash has opened in Dublin.
Coffee-lovers using the Bear Market Coffee outlet on George’s Street will instead have to pay for their caffeine fix using electronic payment methods only.
The idea of a cashless outlet came from retail consultancy, 180 Degrees, in collaboration with husband and wife team Stephen and Ruth Deasy, who run the four store coffee chain.
According to Mr Deasy, the cashless store will lead to an even better customer experience with less queues and the facility to order in advance and collect via their app.
"We are finding that our customers are increasingly living cashless lives and using their cards for even the smallest of transactions," he said.
"From a business perspective there are numerous operational advantages from cleanliness to security, as well as the fact that not moving cash from one location to another cuts down on carbon miles."
Mr Deasy said the system has built-in failsafes and fallbacks to ensure it never loses connectivity and remains securer.
"Cashless outlets will be the future of retail, and will vastly improve the customer experience," said Stephen Brewer, Managing Director Ireland, Magnet Networks, which has provided the technology for the shop.