LAUNCESTON'S first non- profit cafe will open next month and be used to raise money for overseas aid.
Businessman Louis Grubb will open Messiah cafe in George Street on Saturday, November 16, where customers will be able to pay whatever they like for a coffee - at least for the first few weeks.
Mr Grubb said the money after Messiah covers its expenses will be donated to international small loans charity bank Kiva in a bid to held alleviate world poverty.
"I have wanted to do this for a number of years and I realised it would be a reality once I saw it was working in Melbourne," Mr Grubb said.
"To start with, we will be doing a `pay what you feel like', where people will offer a price and we will give them a coffee and all the profits are going to help developing nations.
"That will only be for the initial month, but depending on how it works it could be indefinitely.
"We are looking at doing a really cheap coffee and a premium coffee, where people will buy a premium coffee and they will receive a free cheap coffee in a voucher form to give to their friend, a stranger or someone at work."
The cafe will also sell pastries and light breakfasts and lunches.