José Luis Garcia is a coffee-lover and entrepreneur making an attempt to make his mark within the metropolis of Medellín — the birthplace of Colombia’s fashionable espresso business.

For the reason that October launch of his start-up Lightning Koffee, Garcia has two objectives in thoughts: Make an honest cup of joe and unfold the phrase about Bitcoin (BTC).

His espresso beans — which he is known as “The Bitcoiners Espresso” — are sourced and processed regionally and are identified for having a candy after-taste.

Garcia believes his Colombian espresso can function a bridge for his fellow Paisas (Medellín locals) to minimize their reliance on the unpredictable Colombian peso and lean extra towards adopting Bitcoin.

“We have now the most effective espresso on this planet and I need my espresso model to unfold the phrase about Bitcoin in order that different companies will start to obtain it too,” Garcia mentioned in an interview with Cointelegraph.

He added it might “assist drive the Bitcoin round financial system” — the place solely Bitcoin is traded in alternate for items and providers.

Lightning Koffee at present doesn’t settle for fiat however does settle for different cryptocurrencies apart from Bitcoin. Nonetheless, Garcia mentioned he’s a self-confessed maxi and wastes no time changing different tokens to Bitcoin.

“If an individual goes to pay me in shitcoins I’ll settle for it as a result of, on the finish of the day, it’s cash. Then I convert it instantly into Bitcoin which is what I am fascinated about.”

Garcia mentioned he’ll quickly begin taking fiat funds by way of the likes of Mastercard and Visa at which era he plans to cease taking cryptocurrencies that are not Bitcoin.

Lightning Koffee joins different Medellín companies bringing collectively crypto and consumables. In June 2022, Thoughts Cafe, or “Crypto Cafe,” was one of many first cryptocurrency-focused eating places in El Poblado, the vacationer space of Medellín.

Along with accepting Bitcoin and Lightning funds, the cafe presents its prospects the chance to immerse themselves in a metaverse-themed setting the place they’ll construct their very own avatars and purchase a espresso or some conventional Colombian meals with Bitcoin.

Garcia is a part of a bunch of native Bitcoiners which have come collectively to assist promote Bitcoin’s circular economy within the metropolis — and extra newcomers are popping up each month.

“The artful issues we’re doing are meetups with different Bitcoiners and folks within the metropolis of Medellín,” Garcia mentioned.

Bram Kumuly, an impartial Lightning developer who as soon as lived in Medellín, informed Cointelegraph he felt a “new power” amongst the Bitcoin group on his final go to to town — making him optimistic that Bitcoin’s presence there’ll stay long-term.

A Bitcoiner meetup in Medellin in June. Supply: José Luis Garcia

Nonetheless, Kumuly acknowledged {that a} wider crypto, nonfungible token (NFT) and blockchain tradition exists in Medellín whose values aren’t essentially aligned with conventional Bitcoiners.

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Sadly for Medellín’s Bitcoiners, it’s been a troublesome time convincing everybody of Bitcoin’s deserves.

Kumuly largely attributed this to Colombians not understanding how cash works, how the Colombian peso is failing them and the way Bitcoin presents an alternate resolution.

“Most individuals there nonetheless suppose Bitcoin is about buying and selling and getting wealthy fast,” Kumuly mentioned, including many don’t understand Bitcoin could possibly be a monetary instrument that may take energy and management away from the politicians that many Colombians have little religion in.

This information hole is mirrored in Bitcoin’s staggered circular economy in Medellín which continues to be confined to Bitcoiners and is not “very strongly or visibly increasing,” says Kumuly.

“There could be extra locations accepting it, however at present, solely six locations that settle for Bitcoin are marked on BTC Map and it has been like this for a very long time already with no development.”

There are at present 106 shops in Colombia that settle for Bitcoin as fee which lags behind essentially the most Bitcoin-friendly nation within the area of El Salvador with its 451 shops, according to BTC Map.

106 shops settle for Bitcoin in Colombia. Supply: BTC Map

Kumuly mentioned the lion’s share of Bitcoin spending has come from digital nomads and foreigners with little ongoing native presence. In the meantime, on the service provider aspect, Kumuly mentioned companies are nonetheless reluctant to simply accept Bitcoin due to its worth volatility.

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There are indicators of life on the technical aspect of Bitcoin and Lightning growth in Medellín which may enhance Bitcoin spending within the space, says Kumuly.

He mentioned Medellín-based Bitcoiners must push momentum by constructing on Bitcoin tradition to probably win over prospects and retailers.

He believes what Medellín wants as a subsequent step are “native Bitcoin-only tech firms who construct Bitcoin merchandise for the folks and retailers of Medellín/Colombia, and which can be up-to-date on a technological degree.”

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