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Everything Is Free In This Coffee Shop — Except For You Being There
January 10, 2014
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How much is your time worth?

According to the newly opened Ziferblat café in London, about five cents per minute.

The space, somewhere between a coffee shop and a collective workspace, is the newest location for a Russian chain of cafés that charge customers for their physical presence, but not the items they consume.

Ziferblat, which translates to “clock face” in Russian, bills visitors 3p (about 5 Canadian cents) for every minute they spend in the café. Customers are welcome to prepare and consume a range of snacks and beverages while inside. To track the amount of time customers spend in the café, the staff hands each a unique clock when they arrive, and checks the reading on the clock when they leave.

Spending an hour at Ziferblat would cost about $3.25, comparable to the price of a drink from a more traditional coffee shop. Guests become a “micro-tenant of the space,” the shop advertises, “responsible for it and able to influence its life.”

Last month, we brought you a story about another café that had a novel approach to maintaining a pleasant environment — Petite Syrah, in Nice, France, posted a sliding scale for a cup of coffee based on how politely you asked for it.

Via The Guardian


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