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    Fitzroy cafe Napier Quarter banning takeaway coffee.

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    Fitzroy cafe Napier Quarter is banning takeaway coffee in a bid to get its customers to slow down.
    "Our customers are all locals and they enjoy the ritual and part of their day is sitting down and having a coffee or pastry," owner Daniel Lewis says. "There is a conglomerate of people standing around with backpacks, on their phones, and it takes away from the experience. It's turning into a takeaway generation, it's not what we are about.""

    Good on em, hope they are successful, though I'm sure in this day and age they are swimming against the tide.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/everyone-has-time-to-sit-down-and-have-a-coffee-fitzroy-cafe-bans-takeaway-coffees-20181214-p50m96.html

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    sounds good, will get all the office types to knock back a double spro instead of taking their 3/4 skinny up to their desk.

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    Ah wow, much respect to them. Personally I very very very rarely get takeaways, I just love the experience of sitting down in a cafe, really honing in and focusing my whole being in the espresso and sensory experience, like a meditation for me. Bringing a book and reading, or not even that, just watching the baristas and community come together to a place of rest and regrouping. It's like we're all a family and are seeing our connection for that short time. Also fun watching all the different people that come through! I used to sit for hours in cafes haha...

    But I guess that's the thing, not everyone wants that, and the takeaway suits many people. But I respect that decision, as it's what they want their cafe to be all about
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsk8r View Post
    Ah wow, much respect to them. Personally I very very very rarely get takeaways, I just love the experience of sitting down in a cafe, really honing in and focusing my whole being in the espresso and sensory experience, like a meditation for me.
    Interesting how the (Coffee house/cafe) culture has changed over time, even back in the 60's/70's people treated them as quiet comfortable places to socialise, whilst the coffee was enjoyable and stimulating it was kind of secondary, a facilitator to interaction with others and a very pleasant/relaxing alternative to pub culture.

    It was not unusual to find people playing chess or draughts, some places had musicians playing acoustic instruments (probably payed in cups of coffee) it really was all very civilised, stimulating, pleasant and at the same time relaxing.

    Needless to say it's changed totally, nowadays everybody is on the run, or consulting some form of electronic screen, often both, you even see seated groups or couples, all gazing at their own screen with virtually no interaction between them, and whats more the cafes themselves are fitted out in stainless, glass, tiles in fact everything that makes them noisy, rattling, clattering, chaotic unpleasant places to visit, everything the old style cafe's were not.

    As I said, coffee was important, but was seldom if ever a topic of conversation, other than perhaps a brief comment on the quality of the brew, then on to more important issues.

    Here's a link to an interesting article on coffee house society along with an excerpt https://www.cafeculture.com/industrynews/the-origins-of-the-coffeehouse

    "The coffeehouse played a crucial role in the birth of the age of enlightenment. Many innovations from this period have a coffeehouse in their story. They provided an alternate social space, in contrast to sacred places of worship and boozy alehouses, where creativity and innovation thrived. This surge in innovation was not only owing to the design of the space – the physical gathering together of people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise – but also to coffee itself. Where previously alcohol had been the beverage of choice for consumers, caffeine-rich coffee enabled a drastically different intellect. Switching from a depressant to a stimulant had obvious effects on productivity. Both physically and intellectually, it represented a shift towards progression and quickly became the fuel of change, inspiration and innovation."

    I'm sure there are still plenty of comfortable well appointed cafes in Australia serving good coffee that members will be quick to bring to my attention, sadly they are now few and far between in my neck of the woods.
    I know! times change, but, in my opinion not always for the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsk8r View Post
    Ah wow, much respect to them. Personally I very very very rarely get takeaways, I just love the experience of sitting down in a cafe, really honing in and focusing my whole being in the espresso and sensory experience, like a meditation for me. Bringing a book and reading, or not even that, just watching the baristas and community come together to a place of rest and regrouping. It's like we're all a family and are seeing our connection for that short time. Also fun watching all the different people that come through! I used to sit for hours in cafes haha...

    But I guess that's the thing, not everyone wants that, and the takeaway suits many people. But I respect that decision, as it's what they want their cafe to be all about
    Same here, I don't get take away as I like to drink espresso most of the time unless I don't trust the place and get a milk variety to smooth out the harshness. Take away from what I've seen is often slapped together anyway but I could not think of anything worse than espresso in a paper cup as you'd be totally missing the experience, ie; the warm cup, the way the crema sits on top due to the shape of a proper cup, the mouthfeel without the taste and or whiff of cardboard/paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsk8r View Post
    I just love the experience of sitting down in a cafe, really honing in and focusing my whole being in the espresso and sensory experience, like a meditation for me.
    Men (it's nearly always men) have retreated to caves atop of mountains in pursuit of this state of mind/body. When I told one of these enlightenment seekers that I was too busy to sit around contemplating my navel, he suggested that when I brush my teeth, I think of nothing but brushing my teeth. Despite some success (doing nothing shouldn't be this difficult) I haven't managed it yet.
    I take heart in that, if all else fails, there's always coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCD View Post
    Men (it's nearly always men) have retreated to caves atop of mountains in pursuit of this state of mind/body. When I told one of these enlightenment seekers that I was too busy to sit around contemplating my navel, he suggested that when I brush my teeth, I think of nothing but brushing my teeth. Despite some success (doing nothing shouldn't be this difficult) I haven't managed it yet.
    I take heart in that, if all else fails, there's always coffee.
    Hahaha! Love it... yeh I'd be one of those roaming folk haha. Coffee is certainly meditative! (Anything can be really)



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