App lets you buy coffees without cash

Reported by ninemsn staff
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Cashless coffees with the eCoffeecard CafeWallet app.
Cashless coffees with the eCoffeecard CafeWallet app.

Currency Converter

Mark BourisMyths bustedHome loans can seem a bit complicated and overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. Mark Bouris clears up some common misconceptions.

The original eCoffeecard app let coffee drinkers kiss cafe loyalty cards goodbye, now a beefed up version is doing away with cash.

The revamped app hit the web last month bringing the e-toll concept to the morning coffee run with a new feature called CafeWallet.

Smartphone users who download the app can add credit to their account to pay for coffees at the shop counter by simply pushing a few buttons.

eCoffeecard director Greg Taylor believes it's the way of the future for coffee lovers to get their morning fix without the hassle, while saving money.

"There's no longer any need to have cash at the cafe," Taylor told ninemsn.

"Users get access to a daily special the cafe sets up. Usually that involves a 30 to 40 percent discount daily-deal style special.

"So for example, add a bottle of water to your coffee purchase for a dollar might be a typical cafe inventive."

Launched in April 2011, the original eCoffeecard app is now used by 115,000 coffee drinkers nationally.

The company claims 912 cafes have signed up to the program from around Australia in CBDs, airports, universities and Tafes.

The app was built to keep track of loyalty programs offered by cafes, whereby coffee owners would hold onto a card to collect stamps amounting to a free cup.

Mr Taylor says CafeWallet users will not miss out on the loyalty benefit offered by their favourite coffee shop, and will save money.

"For example if you add $50, you might get $5 in bonus credit. You can use this credit to buy anything in store, whereas previously consumers would only get a discount on the free coffee," he said.

The app also keeps a record of all coffees purchased, making it easier for businesspeople to keep track of money spent on meetings.

"If a business spends $5,000 a year on cafe meetings, these deductions would add up to approx $1,500 annually," he said.

26/07/2014 04:15Sydney, Australia. 26 July,2014
advertisement