I often need to use a coffee shop as a “Coffice” (a coffee shop with Wi-Fi which enables me to do my normal office work on the go) and as such I feel guilty that I am spending too much time in the coffee shop. It may be my imagination, but are they monitoring my time whilst I am there? I have even pretended I have coffee left in my cup just to buy me more time!
So when I heard about this quirky concept, which originated in Russia, I felt excited that I would soon be able to be comfortable in my “Coffice”.
It’s such a simple concept … pay for the time you spend here. You get to drink as much coffee as you want, snack to your heart’s content on the complimentary biscuits, etc, and most importantly don’t feel guilty for spending too much time in here.
The idea is guests take an alarm clock from the cupboard on arrival and note the time, then keep it with them, before, quite literally, clocking out at the end. There’s no minimum time. Guests can even prepare their own food in the kitchen. There’s even a piano, which may mean you get treated to hearing delightful melodies (perhaps someone will sit down and play “chop sticks” again and again, which could be annoying, but the rule is that everyone needs to be respectful of each other so maybe he will be reminded that he should practice at home … but you can PLAY the piano here. LOL).
Whilst masquerading as a coffee shop, this place is a friendly community where people take part in activities and TALK to each other. I saw a blog where a guy had said he felt like he was in a Lewis Carol novel and it felt magic.
I feel more attracted to this coffee shop than I do to a visit to EuroDisney. I REALLY hope this takes off in the UK as it has in Russia. This quirky venue deserves to become the norm.
Both Mr Q and Mrs W equally back this venture. Mr Q loves the unlimited coffee and access to his office and Mrs W is well into the bohemian feel and the friendly atmosphere. Go go Ziferblat!! (I am wearing my pom pom cheerleading outfit for this venue – Mr Q is now wondering what other outfits I have in the attic).