What do you look for when seeking out a favourite coffee shop? Ambience? Good coffee? Wifi? What about if the wifi was missing?
I had thought working in coffee shops would be a great idea – good coffee and the chance to relax and get into the writing zone – whatever that looks like, but sitting in Black Medicine (BM) in Edinburgh, which does serve excellent coffee/black medicine served as a cappuccino, i realise things are not always that straightforward. Its such a hive of activity – there’s a definite buzz in the air. I’ve discovered not all coffee shops are equal and while BM is perfect for a pre-theatre meet up, its too noisy to hear myself think or to write creatively, allowing the imaginative synapses fire up.
The reason for this – I suspect is the ethos of BM – they deliberately have no wifi, seeking instead to create community – to actually get people talking to each other.
In an age where it seems that technology is everywhere, where everyone has worries about AI, and with the pervasiveness of technology, how refreshing to ‘step back time’, enjoy good coffee and actually hear people talking to each other rather than sitting together silently while checking their social media feeds.
How refreshing to find an establishment willing to buck the trend and nudge people towards conversation by taking away wifi. It must be working because more and more often it is becoming more difficult to find a table and a seat.
It’s great to feel the buzz, but now to find somewhere else to write when in Edinburgh.
What about you? Do you have somewhere special you go to write? A favourite cafe? have you, like me, discovered some limitations in finding suitable bolt holes?
I look forward to reading about your experiences.
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