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Coffee chain Costa Coffee has launched a reusable cup that allows UK consumers to make contactless payments.

Costa Coffees new Clever Cup is powered by Barclaycards bPay contactless technology

Costa Coffee's new Clever Cup is powered by Barclaycard's bPay contactless technology

The Clever Cup, which costs GBP14.99 (US$19) to buy, can make payments of up to GBP30 (US$38) with money stored on it. Consumers top up their balance through an app or online. 

The system is powered by Barclaycard's bPay technology, which has previously been used on wearable tech such as contactless bracelets and even contactless woollen gloves. Consumers tap the chip inside the items on the contactless payment reader at the till and the transaction is completed.

The new cup is part of Costa's re-launch of its reusable range, encouraging customers to reuse cups instead of buying single-use ones.

Costa is in line to be taken over by The Coca-Cola Co, which agreed in August to buy the UK-based coffee franchise for US$5.1bn. Coca-Cola said the deal will allow it an entry into the retail channel.

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