Pay-per-minute cafe

Where everything is free (except time).

It was only a matter of time before we’d see a store follow in the footsteps of rent-by-the-minute cars and bikes. This new looks-like-your-living-room cafĂ© in London, called Ziferblat and which is the first U.K. branch of the Russian chain, is giving away its coffee, space and snacks for free… save for the three pence (or $0.05) price you pay for every minute you spend behind its four walls. It’s quite a nifty idea for those already subscribed to using shops as their “coffice,” and for only $3.20 an hour (that’s $1.25 less than a Venti Starbucks capp, before tax) and even a piano to play, it’s a steal.