I'm sitting in the Barefoot Coffee Roasters doing some development work using the free wifi here. It's a beautiful day outside, a great day to be driving a convertible. I've just had a perfect coffee and am listening to fantastic music on my iPod (Air's Premiers Symptomes). Barefoot just installed a brand spankin' new coffee machine and I can't remember ever having a better latte.
I'm focussed and effective. This is a wonderful way to work.
I can definitely see this way to work becoming more and more popular. It already is here in the US but if anyone in Australia has spare cash I reckon a good way to invest it would be to run a cafe with good coffee, an Internet connection, abundant power outlets and a comfortable environment. Consider people working on laptops – create a shaded area outside so they can see their screens. Install desks along the walls that are at an ergonomically good height. Buy accessories like power supplies for popular model laptops, Skype headsets, optical mice etc and rent them out (cheaply). Surely there's a business model there…
Adrian, are you reading this? 😉
Anyway, back to work. 🙂
[Edit: They also play good music here; I've just heard Radiohead's Everything in its Right Place followed by Nick Drake's Northern Sky. Good music is a must but don't make it so loud that conversation is difficult.]
[Edit2: And now Elliot Smith's Punch and Judy! Awesome.]