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UK Coffee Chain Costa launches contactless re-usable Coffee Cup But there's a catch | Pay by Coffee Cup?

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TheVerge reports that UK Coffee Chain "Costa" is launching a contact-less re-usable Coffee Cup but there's a catch.

 

The catch is that it's using Barclays' own contact-less payment method they created called bPay.  For those who aren't aware, Barclays is a UK Bank and their stance towards Contact-less has been polarizing to say the least.

 

Users will be able to top-up the Cups at Costa coffee shops.

 

Instead of supporting Google Pay (formerly Android Pay), Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay, Barclays decided to create their own version exclusive to their customers called "bPay" and thus far it has been shown to be inferior to other payment methods. I have friends who are with Barclays and are considering leaving because of Barclays not supporting real contact-less methods people actually use.

 

Whether or not this takes off will entirely depend on how willing people are to overlook the fact that it's using an inferior payment method.

 

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The UK coffee chain Costa has announced plans to sell a reusable coffee cup called the “Clever Cup” that doubles as a way to make payments via a removable NFC chip (via Engadget). As well as getting you the same 25p discount that using your own cup already grants you at the chain, the chip should theoretically let you leave your wallet in your pocket while you’re grabbing your coffee fix.

The cup is able to offer this contactless payment technology thanks to a partnership with Barclays. Its bPay initiative has already brought payment technology to devices including wearables and smartwatches. A maximum of £15 of credit can be added to the chip at a time via the bPay app, and it should work anywhere contactless (read: NFC) payments are accepted. Incidentally, this includes rival coffee chain Pret a Manger, which offers a more substantial 50p discount.

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The Clever Cup is expected to go on sale in late November in Costa stores for £14.99.

 

 

I personally would not buy one but I can see how existing Barclays customers might be interested in it.

 

If I could choose which bank or account I wanted it to use then I'd be on-board with the idea but I don't want to reward Barclays for anti-consumer behavior.

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"Let's create another standard that only applies to us!" - Sa'am Dumas 

 

Why couldn't they just choose Apple and Google Pay? Is it taking away so much profit that you have to spend millions making another NFC standard? 

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8 minutes ago, ARikozuM said:

"Let's create another standard that only applies to us!" - Sa'am Dumas 

 

Why couldn't they just choose Apple and Google Pay? Is it taking away so much profit that you have to spend millions making another NFC standard? 

It's not an NFC standard they're creating from my understanding. 

 

It's just Host Card Emulation but in a coffee cup running off of an NFC chip using  Barclays' custom payment system.

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Inb4 people start wrapping their coffee cups in aluminium foil to protect against RFID skimming.

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9 minutes ago, AluminiumTech said:

It's not an NFC standard they're creating from my understanding. 

At least it's better for the environment than a K-cup...

 

I'm really grasping for a silver lining. 

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So it's just as loyalty card embedded in a coffee cup

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I fucking need this in my life. Maybe if they were to standardise transactions across all coffee chains and independents with one cup device I would finally achieve all my coffee dreams

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Is it really that hard to pull out a 10 gram piece of plastic and lightly brush it against the terminal?

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6 hours ago, williamcll said:

So it's just as loyalty card embedded in a coffee cup

No, it's a contactless card in a coffee cup essentially

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5 minutes ago, VegetableStu said:

or stop instagramming for 3 seconds and NFC pay with the phone

But then Google gets all the payment details and they can use it for advertising or whatever. :(

 

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This is the stupidest thing in the world, all they've done is place a NFC chip in a cup and then use a shitty contactless payment provider, fucking great job. It creates more hassle than it solves if you have to fucking top up the cup with credit $15 at a time.

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14 hours ago, AluminiumTech said:

Instead of supporting Google Pay (formerly Android Pay), Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay, Barclays decided to create their own version exclusive to their customers called "bPay" and thus far it has been shown to be inferior to other payment methods. I have friends who are with Barclays and are considering leaving because of Barclays not supporting real contact-less methods people actually use.

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A maximum of £15 of credit can be added to the chip at a time via the bPay app, and it should work anywhere contactless (read: NFC) payments are accepted. Incidentally, this includes rival coffee chain Pret a Manger, which offers a more substantial 50p discount.

From a use perspective, contactless payment is contactless payment. Who you manage it on the back end depends on who you choose to go with.

 

Note: I bank with Barclays, but I don't use bpay and don't see any point in doing so. Similarly I have no need for Apple/Google pay either. My credit/debit cards from Barlcays/Barclaycard are contactless and work everywhere I've tried, don't need to add another layer of complexity.

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