Kopi Luwak – Most expensive coffee in the world from Indonesia. Price? The coffee beans can cost up to $600 a pound, and a brewed cup can cost up to $50 per cup. Buy? Try Luwakstar.com
Update: Now there is Uchunari coffee considered the most expensive coffee. See below*
Have you ever spent time with your laptop in a coffee shop? Do you remember what the experience was like? Should coffee shops limit the amount of time that laptop users can occupy tables? Drinking coffee is a popular pastime and many coffee aficionados take the ritual quite seriously. If you’ve ever walked by a popular coffee shop, and even a not so hip one, you’d see throngs of coffeenistas chatting and sipping away; something about that dark roasted hot beverage brings people back again and again. On any given day, amongst the crowds of coffee lovers, we can find a few with laptops in tow. They come early, hijack their favorite corner table, order a sip or two and then spend hours pounding away on their laptops. Some are writers, others journalists, a few are voyeurs or perhaps a nicer way to frame it is people watchers, and then, there is the occasional student, business person or even the just-because-type who stops in to sit and work.
Uchunari Coffee – At £7,875 per pound, this low production, high quality Peruvian Civet coffee now offers Arabica bean prices that top the Kopi Luwak. Have you tried the Uchunari coffee grade 0? Do share.
Whether we are enjoying a cup of Blue Mountain, Kona Coffee, Kopi Luwak, Starbucks blend, or Uncle Joe’s deep dark roast coffee, one of the pleasures of coffee drinking is having the chance to sit awhile, smell the brew and drink it slowly. Occasionally, we might hear people complain about how all the seats are being overrun by laptop toting customers… Some sit for hours nursing one or maybe a second cup of coffee unless a shop offers free refills. When I read the Plinky prompt, I was amused because I’ve wondered about what coffee-shop owners feel a lingering cup of coffee sipping is worth. Should there be a time limit rule or not? I have spent time in a coffee-shop with my laptop. There was a time limit set by the store and my own inner guilt clock to keep me alert to the fact that I had to move on, but more on that below.
“Coffee falls into the stomach … ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop … the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similies arise, the paper is covered with ink” Honoré de Balzac
Do you remember what the experience was like? When we had the major power outage last October, we had no choice but to seek other venues to plug in and power up. I went to a local Starbucks with laptop at hand and, with a bit of patience and maneuvering, I copped a table and plugged in my computer to get writing. I remember the initial excitement of being reconnected to the virtual world, the strong smells of brewing coffee, the dull chatter of nearby patrons and the constant ka-ching of the register as the barista took and rang up orders. I soon settled down with my grande coffee cup to write a post and time flew by me so fast that I only realized I had spent two hours in the shop when my wireless connection was disconnected. Ah yes, it’s not a dirty little secret, but my little Starbucks shuts you off after two hours and then you have start the login process all over again. Frankly, by then, I could feel the eyes of waiting patrons burning holes in the coats and sweaters of those of us who had managed to score a coveted seat at one of the sturdy round tables.
“Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.” David Letterman
Should coffee shops limit the amount of time that laptop users can occupy tables? Personally, I think it should depend on how much seating space a coffee-shop has and whether or not the majority of their patrons buy-to-go or buy-to-stay. The bigger questions are: Are we more productive when we do our work in a coffee shop? What is our motivation for going there? The muse meets us in all sorts of settings, and, if ours loves the somewhat rowdy setting of a shop with strong smells and a parade of patrons, then great.
Recently, I went with a friend to another popular coffee-shop in a neighboring town. It was not a Starbucks but, nevertheless, it was packed with coffee drinkers. After a short wait, we sat at a small table next to a young man working on a laptop. My friend and I wondered aloud about how people concentrate in noisy settings. I turned to the young man and asked his opinion and why he chose to write in a coffee shop. His answer was surprising. “Yes, it can be distracting, but I come here for the energy I get from seeing people rushing in and out for their coffee.” No, he wasn’t concerned about disgruntled patrons who might want his seat. No, he didn’t get as much written as he would in the comfort of his home or bedroom, and Yes, he always makes sure to buy at least two cups of coffee. What are your thoughts? Have you ever spent time with your laptop in a coffee shop? Do you remember what the experience was like? Did you get work done or were you distracted? Would you do it again? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: Should coffee shops limit the amount of time that laptop users can occupy tables? Why or why not? What should the time limit be?
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: The muse meets us in all sorts of settings. If a coffee shop is one of yours enjoy the ride but don’t forget other patrons would like a seat and a sip…
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