A typical scene in coffee shops, aka Starbucks, in big cities, is a bunch of entrepreneurs and freelancers (I'm assuming) hunched over their Mackbooks, typing busily.
Even though I belong in that category (freelancer and MacBook owner), I somehow don't enjoy working from coffee shops or other public places at all. And it seems that I'm an outsider with this opinion. Why do people like it so much?
First of all, I don't drink coffee (It gives me jitters!) and I only enjoy a single type of tea (peppermint). So there is nothing there that entices me. If I were to eat all the cakes and pastries on display, this would end badly.
Second, what do you do when you have to go to the bathroom? Just leave your $1000 MacBook lying around? I don't think so. So this doesn't work for me, because I drink a lot of water and naturally pee a lot.
Third, the noise! I can concentrate best when it's absolutely quiet. I won't get anything done with random chit chat and crying babies around. Well, I could put on noise-canceling headphones, but then why am I even there in the first place?
Please, somebody, explain to me what so many people enjoy about working in coffee shops?
Fun fact: A coffee shop in the Netherlands is a place where you can buy weed. The usual kind is called a café.