Do people really work in coffee shops

Amazon ☻☻
Nov 3, 2018 38 Comments

I always see people sitting in Starbucks and they have some code opened on their screens and they have their head phones on.

Since some of them are pretty cool looking I also decided to work in the coffee shop for 1 day.

My experience was that even if you have noise cancelling head phones still there is lot of noise (bose qc 35). It distracting to see so many people move around. Writing code is exceptionally hard with so much movement. (Some people even look at the screen).

The smell of coffee is good at first but later it becomes over bearing and after some time my clothes started smelling of coffee.

Lastly i feel little bit of guilt of sitting in the coffee shop for long time and not giving them business so I end up ordering lots is expensive sugary (or cheesy) drinks and condiments. I wasted lot of money as each thing is close to 10 dollars after tax.

So how come people work there on a daily basis?

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TOP 38 Comments
  • Google gai
    They don’t really work
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Kaneva Player-1
    I wrote 3 novels, a PM dashboard and a HTML5 game largely in the 2 hrs or more per day spent at coffee shops. When you have kids and no home office, you will find the coffee shop far less distracting.
    Nov 3, 2018 3
    • Amazon / Eng Rabies
      Why not the library?
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Library is boringgg
      Nov 3, 2018
    • VMware / Eng Eeeeeek
      No good coffee at the library
      Nov 3, 2018
  • Facebook sadboii
    Sometimes the chaos in the room helps one focus. For me, it’s easier to shut out complete strangers than colleagues or family.
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Intel UrMomma
    Strip clubs are better to work in than a coffee shop.
    Nov 3, 2018 2
    • Amazon ☻☻
      OP
      Now we know where those flaws in the chips come from. All the blood flows out of brain to somewhere else
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Deloitte / Consultant
      ayyylmao

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      ayyylmaomore
      Your mom is a strip club
      Nov 3, 2018
  • Amazon QJXh65
    Lol! Apart from your experiment, how would you rate Bose QC 35 headphones. I've been thinking of buying them but don't feel like shelling 350. What's your take?
    Nov 3, 2018 9
    • tLFu71: where did you buy yours?
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Google / Eng UUKg61
      It depends on your preference. The sound is really crisp and good for purists. Very comfortable for wearing 4 hours+. If you are into hip hop and like modern pop/rock music, you will absolutely hate this. Sony headphones are great balance for sound(bass) quality and comfort.

      Try it before buying . Mine is lying somewhere in the drawer.
      Nov 3, 2018
    • New tLFu71
      I got a deal on them from b&h
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Amazon ☻☻
      OP
      They are OK. Not very good not very bad. Overpriced in my opinion but I compared Sony and Beats and Bose QC35 was better than them in terms of noise reduction. Sound quality wise they all sound the same to me
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Athenahealth UrFriend
      They are awesome I love mine
      Nov 3, 2018
  • New tLFu71
    You have no obligation to buy anything more than 1 drink. Stop thinking there is some implied social requirement it’s just your weakness.

    I work from specialty coffee shops almost daily it’s great and I love it. Easy to ignore others without headphones. The only bad part is when I have to take calls and there is inappropriate music on in the background or it’s super loud.
    Nov 3, 2018 2
    • Intel babubhatt
      It’s fine to only buy 1 drink, but I tip well if I plan to hang out all day and only order one coffee.
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      "When you have to take calls and there is inappropriate music".. lol good one. When you have to take calls *in someone else's business". The shop isnt your private office you arrogant piece of shit. And if you sat in my shop all day taking calls and paying for 1 $3 coffee, I'd kick your ass to the curb.
      Nov 3, 2018
  • Intel babubhatt
    The coffee shop background sounds can quickly turn into white noise
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Booking.com / Eng littlecato
    I like working at Starbucks. Maybe it’s because of coffee shop effect, changing location boosts some productivity. Or maybe the the white noise makes me easier to focus. The office has noises too but it’s inconsistent. When I work in coffee shop I care less about people because I assume that I don’t know them and they won’t bother me. At office when someone walks buy I will have to look because there’s more chance that they will ask me something.
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Red Hat
    quesera

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    queseramore
    At least you guys aren’t getting arrested.
    Nov 3, 2018 1
    • Amazon ☻☻
      OP
      Thankfully I don't live in Midwest
      Nov 3, 2018
  • HPE / Eng madarchod
    I used to work as barista at a coffee shop in college and let me tell you: nobody gives a fuck how many drinks you buy while you’re sitting in the store, and nobody gets any work done either. How do I know? When the regular customers would come up to order a drink I’d ask them what they’re working on, and they’d always respond with the same shit. Day after day of negligible progress. And I saw them sitting there, looking around to see if anyone’s noticed that they’re coding. These people spend more time looking busy than actually being busy.
    Nov 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon im42
    I think a change of places does my productivity more good than any of the places I work in particularly. I like to vary it, office desk, pod at office, empty room in office, home, bed, community room at apartment building and then rinse and repeat. (I skip coffee shops because too expensive/guilt)
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng Marijuana
    Not for actually writing code. But if your work is managerial (JIRA etc) or financial (ie excel spreadsheets), it’s fine.

    Creating slides, writing up peer reviews or promo requests, etc are also fine. Writing up design documents is fine as well.

    It is not great for “Deep Work”. Cal Newport wrote a very good book about it.
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • PayPal Main
    Depends on how you function. If you are someone who needs less distractions, have a home where it’s peaceful and quiet and can get work done, then working in coffee shops has no added benefit. In fact, I’ve seen people (and my own spouse) work at the local library carrying a home brewed thermos of coffee and being able to focus on code for almost 4-5 hours at a stretch. We are frugal people by nature, so anyway prefer not having to pay $4-$5 per cup of coffee and then re-ordering it a couple of times to assuage the guilt of warming a chair in a dimly lit cafe with too much air con.
    But this is my perspective. People who get work done in coffee shops might have a different exp.
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • New C12H22
    Studies have shown that this noise (sometimes classified as white noise) can help the focus. For me running the rumba or the dryer does the job
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Intuit M9nh7e
    I do better at coffee shops than the office. It’s a more relaxing environment to be surrounded by people who are there for leisure. I usually need headphones to focus but it’s not a big deal.
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • VMware / Eng Eeeeeek
    I also feel awkward at a coffee shop not ordering a lot. I’ll never stay more than 3-4 hours.
    Nov 3, 2018 1
    • Intuit M9nh7e
      If it’s not at peak capacity it’s not like someone else would’ve occupied that spot. If you buy at least 1 thing you’re fine.
      Nov 3, 2018
  • Lyft tg2.0
    What you're really saying is you have a functional office
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Cloudflare / Eng owowatsths
    coffee shops are less distracting than my office
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Facebook FFbh38
    Just order basic tea/black coffee. Don't go for the sugary stuff
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Yes I really work at SB on daily basis. Just perference
    Nov 3, 2018 0