Paralelní Polis’s “strictly Bitcoin” coffee shop is the world’s first

The popularity of Bitcoin is soaring in Czech Republic. In Prague, there are over 80 brick-and-mortar businesses, including quite a few restaurants and cafes, that will accept Bitcoin.

If you know what a good cup of coffee tastes like and have Bitcoins, Paralelní Polis’s Bitcoin Coffee is the best coffee shop in Bratislava to turn your Bitcoins into delicious specialty coffee.

A visitor coming in will notice right away it’s not a regular coffee spot. A machine to buy Bitcoin, a 3D printer, no cash register, and a huge wooden community bar in the middle. It’s based on a concept of openness: baristas do not stand behind the bar and wear no uniform. So sometimes it’s hard to decide who is the barista and who is the visitor—but everything is super casual and friendly. And the place accepts only Bitcoin. No cash, no credit cards—no “old” currency.

The coffee shop is part of Paralelní Polis, a community non-profit working on building a parallel or truly independent society. It was established by a group of hackers and artists and is intended as a meeting place for likeminded people.

It consists of the aforementioned Bitcoin Coffee, a coffee laboratory and the first coffee shop in the world that accepts only cryptocurrencies; Institute of Cryptoanarchy, an educational institution and a think tank encouraging “a parallel decentralized economy, crypto currencies, and other conditions for the development of a free society in the 21st century”; and CryptoHub, a coworking space and startup incubator.

Bitcoin Coffee is managed by Ztohoven, a Czech avant-garde art group. Inside, there’s an ATM one can use when running short on Bitcoins. Interestingly, it’s not only Bitcoin coffee—shop workers get their salaries also in Bitcoins.

Bitcoin Coffee is more than a unique coffee place. It’s a coffee laboratory aimed at achieving a superior taste in every cup, changing influence of the environment in which coffee is grown, and surprising the visitor with new flavors and experiences.

In case you are nearby, the place’s address is Kominárska 3/C, Bratislava, Slovakia (Google Maps).

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