I often attend coffee shops for mere enjoyment of the atmosphere, the way it forces me to focus on what I need to do, and the cozy environment is often very comforting when sharing deep conversations with others. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this at home? So why not? Here is an anatomical guide on how to establish your own café at home.
When and how it all started is not very well documented, but we do know that cafes as we know them today started in Paris around the 1660s and one of the original cafes, Café Procope, has been brewing coffee and serving meals non-stop since 1686. Some of its most popular clients involve Voltaire and Rousseau. There is also La Closerie des Lilas, where Hemingway would write, and according to rumors, it was here where F. Scott Fitzgerald asked his good friend Hemingway to read a manuscript of The Great Gatsby. Now Hemingway’s face is on the menu.
Cafes are a place where business and pleasure collide organically, and I believe this is telling about everyday life and crucial for our own flourishment. Aristotle once said that man can be very happy even in the midst of hard work, and similarly, modern psychology advocates for healthy-stress. The type that motivates you to strive forward. I believe that having a place to work, engage in difficult conversations whether intellectual or affectionate, and enjoy a delightful coffee drink is something we should have access to from the comfort of home.