While you don’t have to be a hipster to blend in with the coffee connoisseurs frequenting popular Eastern Suburbs cafes such as Porch and Parlour, The Grounds of Alexandria and Lox Stock & Barrel (amongst others), a well manicured beard, and an in-depth understanding of coffee etiquette, are generally considered positives.
As the coffee culture has grown dramatically in popularity, so too has the need to be aware of the unspoken codes of conduct when dropping into your favourite cafe or restaurant for a single or double shot of freshly ground, caffeinated heaven.
#1. DOGS STAY ON THE GROUND
While handbag dogs are cute and adorable, this isn’t Beverley Hills, Los Angeles. This isn’t a scene out of ‘Legally Blonde’ and I’m afraid you aren’t Reece Witherspoon. Quite frankly, staffies rule the roost in Bondi, and fluffy pooches should never be sat down on the counter of a cafe or restaurant or even on your lap once you sit down, because the only hair you’d ever want to find in your coffee (if any) is your own.
#2. A LITTLE FLIRTING DOES A LOT OF DAMAGE
Do not try to pick up the cute barista while there is a queue, especially early in the morning when customers are getting their breakfast coffee, as you’ll definitely get death stares from the other customers!
#.3 NO-ONE LIKES A WIFI HOG
If you’re sitting in a cafe for several hours with friends or while completing work or study, buy more than a single coffee. Remember, cafe and restaurant owners are running a business, so you won’t be popular if you’re taking up space from another paying customer and spending very little. Whether you buy another coffee or grab a sandwich or a muffin, always spend more if you’re going to linger for longer.
#4. WAKE UP!
Grabbing an order to go? Make sure you pay attention, so you’re aware when your name is called out. Baristas hate having to call out for you several times, especially if you decide to go outside and take a call. If worst comes to worst, stay inside, but talk quietly.
For further cafe culture tips, as well as restaurant insights such as our recent article on why the plate is more important than the food be sure to keep following our blog updates! At WholesalePak we stock everything from tabletop supplies to takeaway containers, and place a strong emphasis on ethical practices and the need for eco-packaging to reduce our environment footprint.