Working in a town like London you get the opportunity to try out an enormous number of different coffee shops. Obviously there are the global brands but there are also some wonderful small shops that seem to be springing up everywhere. UK cafe culture is going from strength to strength and is now estimated to be worth over 5.8 billion pounds.
There are now almost 16,000 coffee shops in the UK including the branded chains, those lovely independent coffee houses and the non specialist vendors and they are growing at a rate that vastly outstrips the rest of the UK economy.
In a reasonable recent survey of 25,000 consumers, 1 in 5 said they visited a coffee shop daily and on average they drank 3 cups of coffee per week in a coffee shop. And why not, there is something wonderful about leaving the office and taking your laptop to the local cafe, people watching.
Sometimes I find that I am the only person in the cafe and strike up a conversation with the baristas. By the time I’m finished we are on first name terms and I know that next time I visit they will already know what I’m going to order. The old saying from the TV program “Cheers” still holds true, “where everybody knows your name”.
Thats where I love to be, laptop in hand, free wireless and a piping hot Americano.