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Starbucks May Start Selling Coffee for BTC Later in 2019 — Well, Sort Of

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:00
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Yuri Molchan
Starbucks is a shareholder of Bakkt, but the coffee selling giant was able to do that on the condition that it will enable clients to buy coffee for crypto in 2019
Starbucks May Start Selling Coffee for BTC Later in 2019 — Well, Sort Of
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Being one of the companies that have invested in Bakkt, Starbucks is now expected to deliver on its promise to integrate crypto payments.

Some background

Back in the summer of 2018, the NYSE operator Intercontinental Exchange made public its intention to set up Bakkt – a new ecosystem for virtual tokens operating on a global scale.

When this was announced, a lot of major media platforms, such as CNBC and Bloomberg, got it somewhat wrong and began to issue headlines promising that from now on Starbucks will start selling coffee for Bitcoin after partnering with Microsoft, misleading the crypto community.

But later the spokesperson for Starbucks rejected that, saying that Bakkt only swaps crypto for USD, so customers can buy coffee from Starbucks.

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Will Starbucks integrate Bitcoin payments?

When the misleading news about Starbucks came out, famous crypto expert Joseph Young commented on it on his Twitter, touching upon the lack of crypto adoption by merchants.

Starbucks May Start Selling Coffee for BTC Later in 2019 — Well, Sort Of

Other experts also believe that if Starbucks begins to sell its coffee products for BTC, this will prove that crypto payments can be used in everyday life on a big scale.

So far it has been reported that the coffee giant will set up payment software by Bakkt in its coffee outlets, where consumers will be able to convert their crypto into fiat and grab a cup of coffee.

The plan will be executed in May this year. Microsoft’s cloud solution will be reportedly involved too.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at