When it comes to paying for your drinks at Starbucks, there are several ways that you can go about doing it besides using cash or your credit card. There is the Starbucks app and Apple Pay, for example. However, it seems that over in Japan, Starbucks has come up with a new and novel way of paying for your drinks through a specially-created pen.
As you can see, the pen doesn’t look particularly special, but it contains the same tech used by the Starbucks card so you can just tap it at any of the Starbucks IC card touchpads and it will register your payment. Essentially it has NFC built into it, but instead of a card, it comes in a pen form.
Apparently the design of the pen is special as well, where it is said to have been designed to look like a coffee machine. It was created in collaboration with Zebra, a stationary supplier, and instead of the usual blue or black ink, it will have brown ink to mimic the color of coffee, although this also means that you won’t be able to fill out official forms with this pen.
The pens themselves don’t come cheap and are priced at around $50, but this comes with 1,000 yen worth of credit which you can use towards your Starbucks purchases. If you’re interested, you can head on over to the Starbucks online store to get your hands on it.