Bulgarian herbal teashops and cafes are popping up in major cities across the country, with some customers opting to pay for the tea with bitcoins.
The latest batch of bitcoins, which was launched on Wednesday by the Bulgarian National Bank, was released as part of the government’s campaign to promote cryptocurrency and digital currencies as an alternative to traditional currencies.
The news has sparked a flurry of activity on social media, with users asking for bitcoins to be exchanged for the herbal teapots.
The shop’s owner, Natalia Popov, told The Associated Press that bitcoins have been used as payment for tea and coffee, which have been brewed with herbs that are native to Bulgaria.
The owner, who said she was unaware of the currency’s origin, said she had to spend the day on the phone to get the coins for the shop, adding that the coins were worth roughly $50 each.
She said she would be willing to give away bitcoins to other customers who are interested in buying herbs.
Bitcoin enthusiasts have been making use of the crypto-currency in recent years to buy goods from China and other emerging markets.
A bitcoin was worth around $50 on Tuesday, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index.