What Makes A Coffee Shop, An Ideal Coffee Shop?

As someone who often has to work mobile, coffee shop has played quite a major role in my work efficiency and effectiveness. I believe some of you can easily relate to that.

In fact, some of you might be reading this in the midst of preparing for your next meeting, in a coffee shop. Some of you might have just ordered a cup of coffee that you aren’t really gonna drink because you’re only here for the wifi.

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Whatever your case is, I believe you would agree with me when I say that an ideal coffee shop these days is no longer just about serving good coffee, but it also needs to come  with other requirements such as: spacey or homey ambience, nice playlist, electric sockets in almost every seat (so you don’t have to worry if your smartphone or laptop is about to run out of battery), and a fast wi-fi connection. If a coffee shop can offer you all this, I believe you would come back willingly. I would.

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Now, here’s another thing that I would love to find in a coffee shop.

Inspiration.

Inspiration that comes from eavesdropping on other tables’ conversation. As a writer, this kinda fills me up. I have never done this intentionally. It always started as an “overheard” situation, but then if the topic is interesting, it would change into an “eavesdrop” situation. Even if you’re not a writer, you might wanna try this too. This would make you think that you are not the only person in the world with that problem. Or, this would make you feel so grateful towards your life.

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I still remember a couple weeks ago, as I was sitting in a coffee shop, I overheard three different interesting convos.

The first one came from two guys and one girl who were talking about their friends. Their sentence went something like this, “Do you notice that every time she does a charity action or any good deeds, she never did it out of a sincere heart? It’s always out of narcissism.”

The second one came from a gay man whom apparently just had a one night stand and decided to brag about it to his friends. “Yeah, so I met this guy at the club. He came home with me, but I was so sleepy, I fell asleep in the middle of him kissing me.”

The last one came from a man who was having brunch with his daughter. He was on the phone with his best friend, I suppose, and his sentence went like this, “I’m having a breakfast with my daughter. Look, just come here. I know you haven’t slept at all, and you need someone to talk to. So just come and join us.”

Three different stories.

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Last week, DR & I decided to go a little bit far to the edge of Jakarta, to explore some new coffee shops in Serpong area. Our first stop was, Scandinavian Coffee Shop, Ruko Graha Boulevard D/15 Gading Serpong, Tangerang.

DR found it a little bit boring. While I found it perfect. Ha, for the first time the great minds don’t think alike.

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I love the fact that they sell LaReia (my all-time-favorite mille crepes owned by another dynamic duo, based in Surabaya, Andrea & Karin). I love the fact that they offered fast wi-fi connection (well, DR agreed with me on this one.) I love the fact that they have electric sockets in almost every table (there were plenty of people sitting with their laptops open, working on a weekend.) And, as a plus point, their second floor was a real Instagram material.

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We got our hands quite full exploring every corner while trying to take a good OOTD photos and some flat lays slash cups in frame photos. After a while, we sat down, DR got busy with his laptop. While I got busy selecting the best photos that we took earlier.

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As I was sliding from frame to frame, I was kind of hoping that I would hear any interesting chatter from the other tables. Something that would inspire me to write. But, there was none, even until the last frame.

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I guess everyone were just busy working, chasing deadlines, uploading files, or making presentations. I couldn’t blame them. Scandinavian coffee shop has simply given them what they needed.

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Write to you later,

 

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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