In a new spin on traditional coffee shops, the Slow Time Cafe just opened in Wiesbaden, Germany and is charging customer’s for time instead of coffee.
Daria Volkova, 24 year old owner of the cafe, was inspired by cafe’s using a similar concept in Russia – the country she is from. In an even more interesting twist on the concept, Volkova has set all the clocks in the shop to different times in order to promote customers focusing more on their surroundings and less on time. She has even made books, board games, slippers and other accommodations available in the cafe for customers to use.
Upon entering the cafe, Slow Time customers are given a wristband with the time on it. The first half hour is $2.59, then they are charged 6 cents per every minute following, or $3.88 per hour. Customers are allowed to consume as much coffee as they desire and are even allowed to bring in their own food and snacks.
The cafe hasn’t broken even yet since opening, however it has only been open since April of this year. What do you think? Would you prefer to pay for coffee or time?