Mystery Man Gets Berlin Shop to Drop BitPay, Accept Bitcoin Directly

An ice cream shop in Berlin’s trendy Friedrichshain district has revealed that a chat with an unknown “super nice” guy spurred them to spearhead Bitcoin adoption with the local crowd.

That unknown guy turned out to have been the legendary Bitcoin (BTC) evangelist and educator Andreas Antonopoulos, as a Nov. 21 Twitter thread from the retailer, “Chipi Chipi Bombón,” revealed.

Everything began in a local burger bar.

“We started accepting Bitcoin in June of this year. At Room 77 I met a guy who was super nice & explained to me all the basics about Bitcoin & got me interested in getting BTC myself instead of using BitPay & receiving euros. The next day I found out he was Andreas Antonopoulos.”

The thread continues to outline that paving the way toward crypto entrepreneurship began with getting a Trezor hardware wallet for cold storage and starting to directly accept Bitcoin via the open-source payment processor BTCPay Server.

Weeks later, the shop began accepting payments via the second-layer scalability solution Lightning Network, later taking its ice cream and hot chocolate to Berlin’s Lightning Conference. The thread continues:

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