What Is Proper Coffee Shop Etiquette?
This week I’ve been excited to brainstorm a new game (and give Megan the house to herself for a few hours), so I’ve gone to a local coffee shop for some hot cocoa and computer-free time. Both visits have been pleasant and productive so far.
I’m not a coffee drinker, and I work best without people around, so hanging out in a coffee shop isn’t something I often do. So I’m learning about coffee shop etiquette, and I have some questions for those of you who know it much better than I do.
- It seems that people sit in coffee shops for a variety of reasons: to relax and unwind, to catch up with a friend or a date, or to study or work. The biggest surprise to me, however, is the people who have lengthy conversations on their cell phones at the coffee shop. They’ve all had much less volume awareness than people having face-to-face conversations there. Is that within the bounds of coffee shop etiquette?
- I’m assuming it’s not cool to hang out in a coffee shop without ordering anything (hence the hot chocolate for this non-coffee drinker). However, is there a time limit? What happens after I’ve finished drinking my hot cocoa?
- If you buy something from the coffee shop, is it also okay to eat something of your own? Today I wouldn’t have minded bringing a few pieces of candy to accompany my hot chocolate, but it felt weird, so I just bought one of the coffee shop treats. It was good but expensive–I could see the cost adding up quickly.
What else? Are there other rules of coffee shop etiquette I should know about?