Buy Burritos with Bitcoin? Chipotle Now Accepts Cryptocurrencies

Chipotle now lets you pay with cryptocurrency through Flexa, a platform supporting bitcoin, ether, dogecoin and many other currencies.

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A stylish announcement ad with a Chipotle logo in the middle and the text "accepting digital currency with flexa" below it.

Chipotle's US locations are now accepting digital currencies through Flexa, which supports bitcoin, ether, dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies and tokens.

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How many burritos could you buy with one bitcoin? Find out yourself, as Chipotle now accepts a range of cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, ether and dogecoin.

Chipotle has partnered with payment platform Flexa to accept cryptocurrencies, digital tokens and digital dollars. After customers set up their Flexa account, they only have to download the Spedn (no typo) app from the iOS App Store or Android Play Store, link their wallets and input their purchase -- which pops up as a QR-style code scanned at the Chipotle register. 

"We are constantly exploring innovation that will enhance our guest experience, and that includes now accepting digital currency payments with Flexa in Chipotle's US restaurants," Curt Garner, chief technology officer at Chipotle, said in a statement to CNET.

Customers can spend digital currency at any of the over 2,975 Chipotle locations across the US, according to Flexa's press release, though it's unclear when or if it'll be available elsewhere. (Flexa also supports payments in Canadian dollars.) To ease customers into the process, Flexa will give 10% off their first order -- which could be helpful if anyone does end up spending one bitcoin ($30,264 today) on burritos.

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