The ideal café for the rest of us would:
Have something happening every lunchtime (Brown Bag Learning Lunch)
Have tables big enough for two laptops and two cappuccinos.
Sell fresh fruit and wholesome soups (with a reduced reliance on delicious tray bakes)
Would have a massive whiteboard for whatever is on your mind.
Would be like Belfast Open Coffee very day and Le Procope every night.
Would have a glass booth at the back for a phone call.
Would provide power and wifi to cafe subscribers.
Would be open early and open late. Maybe not in that order.
Would be run by an independent barista team who wanted a committed customer base.
Would have a small stage in the corner for the busker of the week (who would also get a share of tips)
Would accept that shabby chic is very last year and wouldn’t be afraid of embracing long desks and benches
Would have standing desks with power and Ethernet sockets.
Could be booked for an event but never a closed event.