WHA’s Guide to Cafe Etiquette
I’m big on working at a cafe, and I’ve been to a fair amount of them. The more I visit, the more I realize there’s an ecosystem that one should learn to appreciate and preserve. Like dining in a restaurant, working at cafes have their own sets of guidelines. Don’t be the asshole.
- Buy something from the shop every 2-3 hours that you’re there
Most shops don’t mind that you stick around all day, in return, compensate them for their space.
It can be a meal, a pastry, or another cup of coffee. Do consider that they’re businesses and not non-profits.
Plus, take it as an opportunity to try something different.
- Use headphones
This one’s obvious.
- Take calls outside or keep it on down low.
People don’t shove their headphones in your ears, so please don’t force others into hearing your convo.
- Don’t bring outside food
Grab a bite from the cafe if they offer meals. Otherwise, take a break and dine elsewhere.
If you have your own food, take a break anyway and turn the table a bit.
- Don’t download giant files and clog the wifi
Torrent from home, please.
- Befriend the baristas
But don’t treat them like they’re your therapist.
- Clean up after yourself
Especially when they have a sign as large as this.
Taking it up a notch and out-do everyone else in the shop.
Open to share a desk.
Might make a friend while you’re at it.
Like how one should at a bar.
Keep an eye on your stuff, and others,
if they asked.
Bring an outlet hub (to share),
but make sure the owner doesn’t mind.
Cody’s a model cofficer (Coffice = cafe office)
In the near future: Guide to working at libraries, paid cafe, or co-working space.