How to enjoy your local coffee shop

December 5, 2013

Coffee shops are a great place to get your fill of hot drinks and conversation. Here's how to get the most out of your coffee shop experience.

How to enjoy your local coffee shop

Coffee shops are fascinating places. Sit in one for a while, and you’ll observe animated discussions between friends, parents and kids stopping in for a pastry and quiet students cramming for exams on their laptops. Not to mention, of course, the folks who drop by to order their favourite hot drink, freshly ground and brewed.

Coffee shops for every occasion

Coffee shops are among the trendiest places around. You can sit down and soak up the energy and atmosphere of the neighbourhood from a window table or a comfy easy chair.

  • Near colleges and universities, these places are packed with students who get together for team projects or simply to encourage and support one another.
  • Downtown coffee shops are often artsy hangouts. Some places use the walls as an art gallery, enabling customers to admire works of art while savouring their favourite drink.
  • In business districts, coffee shops are designed to meet the needs of people in a hurry. After all, who can resist the temptation of a good coffee before starting a busy day at the office?
  • Menus are often widened to include sandwiches, salads, pastries and other treats that make for a quick and tasty lunch.
  • Neighbourhood coffee shops are frequented by people who like to encourage local businesses. And some places also provide spaces where larger groups of people can meet in private, with fresh coffee and snacks close at hand.

Something for everyone

There are many different ways of drinking coffee.

  • Latte: A single or double shot of espresso with some hot milk
  • Espresso: A single shot of full-flavoured coffee
  • Cappuccino: Espresso with a shot of steamed milk and another of milk froth
  • Viennese coffee: Espresso with hot milk, whipped cream, and some chocolate shavings
  • Mocha coffee: Espresso with a shot of hot chocolate

Take the great taste home

As well as being great places to spend some time, coffee shops often sell fresh roasted coffee beans so you can recreate your favourite coffees in the comfort of your own home.

Coffee shops are great places to finish an end of term paper, find inspiration for a new song or write the first lines of a new novel. Most establishments now offer free wi-fi zones so surfing the web while enjoying an espresso in a pleasant atmosphere is a pretty cool experience.


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