Coffee delivery company coffee delivery service Coffee Delivery India has started taking bitcoin payments, the company told CoinDesk.
According to a statement issued by the company, the service launched on January 30, and users can now receive coffee via mobile apps.
“We have launched a service called ‘Coffee Delivery India’ that will allow customers to pay for their coffee delivery from anywhere in India.
Customers can choose to receive their coffee from their home or anywhere in the country, or send their coffee to an address in the world, or to a friend, or even to their bank account,” the statement read.”
Customers can also send their delivery from their own bank account to any of the following payment providers: Airtel, Paytm, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, MasterCard Debit Card or BANK”.”
This is the first time that we have taken bitcoin payments to the point where we are accepting it,” said the spokesperson.
“This is a first step towards our mission to be the leading mobile coffee delivery platform in India.”
The company was founded by a former Uber engineer, Vishal Sharma, who is also CEO of the Indian Coffee Chain.
In January 2016, Sharma left the Uber post, taking a job at the startup to work on its launch.
A recent study by the International Coffee Association (ICA) showed that in India, one in six people in rural areas have never used a coffee delivery app, which has led to increased demand for coffee delivery services in the Indian capital.
Coffeeshop owners in India have faced increasing competition from cheaper online cafes, and the government is increasingly looking to improve access to the country’s coffee supply.
Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a deal with US tech company Airbnb to offer short-term rentals to Indian citizens, and in October, a government survey showed that 74 percent of respondents to the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) said that they would consider moving to an Airbnb property.
In February, a group of companies, including Uber and BSNL, launched their own bitcoin wallet services.