What Makes the Ideal Coffee Shop Experience?

We all have our go to coffee shops. Maybe there’s that one cafe you always go to when you need to get work done. Perhaps you have your weekend coffee shop where you like meeting up with friends and family.

As I was sitting in one of my favourite shops the other day I started to wonder about this. I have spent quite a bit of time working in coffee shops, and have probably spent more money than I’d like to admit on lattes and freshly baked goods, so I consider myself somewhat informed on this subject matter.

RIsen Koff Coffee
Latte from Risen Koff in Chiang Rai, Thailand (2018)

So, my question to you is this:

What makes your favourite coffee shop your favourite coffee shop?

Is it the ambiance? If so, what is it about the ambiance that you like? The music selection or the people who work there?

Perhaps there is one coffee shop you always go to to get work done because of the large seating area, good wifi, and availability of power outlets.

I have compiled the list below with some of the factors that I think contribute to making the coffee shop experience. I am interested to hear your thoughts on what factors are most important to you in finding the perfect coffee shop.

  • Food Selection and Quality (baked goods, prepared foods, etc.)
  • Coffee/Tea (includes selection, source, preparation method, taste, serving method)
  • Temperature (Heating and AC)
  • Music (selection and loudness)
  • Seating Area (seats, benches, tables space)
  • Decor
  • Employees and Customer Service
  • Wifi and Power Outlets
  • Loudness/Noisiness
  • Location/Proximity
  • Other Customers/Clientele
  • Cleanliness
  • Bathroom Facilities
  • Price and Value
  • Mission/Vision Statement
  • Commitment to Sustainability (sourcing beans, reducing waste, recycling, etc.)
  • Ownership (independently owned vs. chain)

Now the obvious factor here, and perhaps the primary factor for many, is the taste of the coffee. Have you become a loyal fan of a particular coffee shop because their drip coffee has little acidity but is still bold but not too strong? Perhaps you keep returning because their lattes are well balanced and made with the perfect ratio of espresso and milk.

I have recently been trying to transition to drinking more tea and less coffee due to the effects that I’ve very tragically found coffee has on me (in particular, poorer sleep quality). So, now the tea selection offered at a cafe has become a significant factor for me. Of course, the selection of baked goods will always be a primary factor for me. One of my favourite coffee shops has the best morning glory muffin :).

So, what makes your favourite coffee shop your favourite coffee shop?

I’d love to hear from you on which one of the above factors are most important to you.

I know there are plenty of passionate coffee shop enthusiasts out there who have a strong opinion on this matter, so I am looking at you ;). Maybe if we generate enough discussion, we can discuss this topic over a coffee at one of our favourite coffee shops.

That’s all for now. Time to get back to enjoying my latte and freshly baked scone before they get cold.

-CJ

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