Today's long black came to me with a very different character to yesterday's. Precision is the theme that would best describe it.
As I entered I could see the current papers neatly stacked on a long table at the front of the shop. I can't recall if it included the Financial Review but whatever was there was crisp and in order. The long table accommodated a group that may have been having a morning meeting - something this table seemed eminently suited to. It was a high table with high chairs around it in a manner that encouraged alertness and contribution. It's amazing how setting a table and chairs in a certain way can do this. That's probably why some businesses have board rooms.
The furniture inside was aligned and functional. This was where I sat. Very few people who entered chose to sit down for long and I could see why. The interior seating was quite spartan and austere. It didn't quite make sense. I ended up occupying two tables to rest my phone, coffee and the paper I was reading.
Water was available in a jug surrounded by glasses. This seemed a sensible approach as serving water here would interrupt a well oiled machine. Perhaps it could have been delivered to me when the coffee was bought to my table but the fact they found me without having to take a number provided enough polish.
My guess is there is a purpose in this type of approach. When you have a large amount of people flowing through your shop it is best to keep the flow moving. Keeping things uncluttered helps satisfy this requirement, especially for a coffee shop where you have peak times and you want people to grab their coffee and go. It may explain why the price was only $3.00 as well, everything is stripped down to the bare essential.
I admired the way the owner - at least I guess she is the owner - looked very content with how things ran. The coffee making was like clockwork and the shop looked profitable. She had obviously found a formula that worked and was proud of it. It was actually fun to watch and I admired her for it. To top it off the coffee was lovely.
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