Some of the coffees I've enjoyed in coffee shops and restaurants.
by Nick (Coffee Detective)
Coffee and conversation off the Holloway Road in London.
For me, the experience of drinking coffee changes according to the environment in which I drink it.
When I drink coffee at home, it's pretty much a need. I wake up and need a coffee. Same as when I'm sitting at my desk working.
But once I'm out of the house and in a coffee shop or restaurant, the experience changes.
In a restaurant, my coffee is something to enjoy at the end of the meal, but usually plays second fiddle to the meal itself.
As for the coffee shop experience, that's my favorite. I don't sit down in coffee shops alone. I'm always there with someone. And it's the combination of coffee and conversation with one or two other people that creates my favorite coffee-drinking environment.
In a way, this is what coffee does best. It anchors the moment. It creates a shared space in which conversation can flourish.
It also creates memories. I have clear memories of sitting in a particular coffee shop with a particular person at a particular time.
Of course, these memories last longer when I remember to take a photo of our coffees before we drink them!