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Coffee Shop Inspiration
November 5, 2016


My company is promoting its mobility movement where employees can work anywhere they want when they’re not at a client’s site. The office is quite a drive from my house and I don’t want to put too many miles on my new car when I don’t need to. This is when I decided to give working at a coffee shop a shot… of espresso.

I’ve dropped by Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea leaf to do my work. Both coffee shops have its own pros and I don’t mind going to either. However, I love Starbucks for their caramel macchiato ☕. When I went to Starbucks to do my work for the first time, I thought it would be really awkward. If you keep yourself busy and actually buy a drink/snack or two, you’re fine. Everyone should be minding their own business for the most part. While it’s good to be observant of your surroundings, it’s not good to judge others. So what if a grown up is watching cartoons? Who are YOU to judge others?

Oh, and the smell of freshly brewed coffee… Maybe that’s the reason why I didn’t have a need to fall asleep all day long.

Even though I’m trying to watch my diet, I played it smart by ordering low-calorie drinks in a 12oz cup. That way, I don’t spend too much money, loiter around, and gain weight from all of the sugar.

For the type of job that I do, stable wifi is a must. There are times when I need to join conferences and talk. In that case, I’d find seating outside and hope that there aren’t any noisy cars/people around!

I’m not really concerned about privacy issues because I avoid leaving a document/page with sensitive information opened for too long. Shoulder surfing is a thing and you need to be a bit careful about opening sensitive docs. To take things up a level, a form of personal VPN is recommended to secure your web browsing traffic (especially on public wifi).

Working out of a coffee shop is great.

9 Responses

  1. Pauline ☆ November 6, 2016 at 1:43 am

    That’s awesome that your company has allowed you to be more flexible in where you work! That would definitely save you a lot of time and more time focusing on your work! 😀

    I LOVEEEE working at Starbucks, I remember in my last year of sixth form where exams were really tough (senior year high school/before uni/college for you I think xD) I spent most of my time working at Starbucks. It was great and the smell of coffee around me along with awesome music really motivated me! :’)

  2. Kya ☆ November 6, 2016 at 2:11 am

    That’s really cool that you are able to work where you want too. It would be good to have the wifi connection and not have to rely on your own, and also convenient (with all the yummies). It’s a good point you raised about the VPN and being careful with some documents open.

  3. Elisa ☆ November 6, 2016 at 8:43 am

    wow, it’s so nice of your company to do that! if only companies here give such privilege too because gddamn jakarta is filled with nothing but traffic and it’s such a frustrating thing to deal with!

    starbucks caramel macchiato is definitely the best. every time i talk about starbucks, i feel like those white girls in a meme who’s stereotyped to always order difficult starbucks drinks lol idk it’s just hilarious to me.

    coffee shop is definitely a great place to work. it doesn’t have to be starbucks for me though; i just need the coffee shop to be cozy. hipster coffee shops tend to give the vibe that i enjoy …as much as i hate sounding like a hipster because really, the hipster label is kinda stupid imo. i always bring my own mobile wifi too just in case the coffee shop’s wifi sucks. ah, this reminds me of how it was back when i was still occupied with college assignments.

  4. Amy ☆ November 6, 2016 at 9:14 am

    It’s great that the company you work for are so flexible! I’d love to be able to work from a coffee shop, though I’d probably end up buying far too many drinks and wasting all my money!

    I’d love being in that sort of environment all day, though. I love sitting in coffee shops on my own – it’s always so relaxing!

    We’re allowed to work from home if we have a doctor’s appointment or something, but we couldn’t do it every day. I’m sure I’d miss the company of other people if I always worked from home, anyway, so it’s kind of a good thing. Though I won’t be saying that when I’m up at 6.30am tomorrow to get the bus!

    Hope you’re enjoying your job!

  5. Tara ☆ November 6, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Dude, I’d totally work out of a coffee shop if I had the option. There are something about coffee shops that just fuels me, and I definitely feel more productive there than I would at home most of the time. Unfortunately, I do not have that option T_T But I’d definitely be hitting the independent coffee shops because I’m all about supporting them when it comes to coffee shop. XD I generally find their coffee to be wayyyyy better than Starbucks!

    I’m glad you’re liking that option 🙂 And it’s good you’re careful about not leaving documents opened too long. Generally I find most people to generally mind their own business and do not snoop to see what I’m doing on my Chromebook, but one can never be too careful!

  6. Cat ☆ November 9, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    That’s nice that your company has a remote work policy! Our work allows us to work remotely if needed. Like if I need to be at home to wait for something or I have an appointment close to home, I’ll just work from home that day. My husband also works from home every Wed and Fri.

    The downside is that sometimes in-person communication is better. I usually have too many in-person meetings to work from home often. The pros is not being interrupted as much. I have coworkers who will go to a coffee shop if they really need to concentrate and prefer not to be disturbed.

    I’m glad working at a coffee shop has worked out for you though!

  7. Rezina ☆ November 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    The mobility movement sounds really convenient! I’ve never heard of a personal VPN but sounds like something I should look into since I also do a lot of my (school)work at a coffee shop.
    I used to do my work in Starbucks but since I’m usually downtown, they attract a lot of homeless customers. Which isn’t so bad but that on top of morning workers, they’re usually really packed. So I go to the Tully’s next door because there’s always a place to sit, haha.

  8. Tiny May ☆ November 12, 2016 at 6:25 am

    That’s a great concept! A coffee-shop is also the place of great productivity for me. I personally avoid Starbucks and stick to local coffee shops though. Granted, I end up missing Starbuck’s macchiatto drink, but I’m actually trying to do sugar-free and dairy-free. XD

    Coffee shops are known to induce productivity and creativity as well. There’s this app called “Coffitivity” that you should give a try if you are stuck in your office.

  9. Georgie ☆ November 19, 2016 at 4:15 am

    I can’t say I have worked out of a coffee shop many times. I usually don’t do it during work hours, but only when it’s towards the end of the day and I leave early so I can be alone for a bit. I like the idea of working out of a cafe or a coffee shop though.

    Definitely a good idea to use a VPN when you’re doing work of a sensitive nature. I am definitely wary of people seeing what I am doing when working in a public place. I don’t want any eyes on sensitive documents or personal information.

    I used to really like the caramel macchiatos but I haven’t had one in a while. There is currently a Christmas special with gingerbread lattes so I have been going for those. But I basically hate plain lattes or cappuccinos and I like my coffee to have some kind of sugar or syrup in it. Bad, I know 😜

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