“Il a mis le café / Dans la tasse / Il a mis le lait / Dans la tasse de café…”

Not long ago, I had a meeting that took place in a café. This particular café was chosen because it had free wi-fi; the quality of its coffee was never a variable in the organizer’s decision-making (this is how you know I didn’t make the decision!) Meetings in cafés have become common in the busy capitals of the world, where apartments and offices are too small to accommodate collaborators. The neighborhood café has become the new workspace; the table near the outlet, the corner office. Even with more and more people co-working (La Cantine, La Ruche, La Mutinerie in Paris for example,) the café is still the center of a lot of professional activity. Its transformation from genteel social outlet to business incubator has left me a bit depressed.

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