Welcome to the Coffee Shop Office Project! This is your virtual coffee shop where the conversation is always stimulating and the coffee is always virtual.

The project investigates this new trend of people working out of a coffee shop or java commuters. Entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, and a host of other people have chosen the coffee shop as their alternative office. The objective of the project is to find out when and why this trend has developed as well as uncovering the pro’s and con’s of using the coffee shop as an alternative to the more traditional office or home office.

There are several components to this project: internet exposure (website and blogs), a survey, and a book. Internet exposure is ubiquitous and essential. The website allows the project team to connect to our target audience more effectively. The blogs provide a space to explore the various issues around this trend and to take a wider perspective. As a research tool for fresh data, the project team has developed a survey to help answer some of our questions about this trend. Finally, the book is the summary of all of our findings, presenting them in a fun and accessible way.

The scope of the project is not just immediate but also historical. Starting at the emergence of the coffee drinking in ancient times to the development of the coffee house in England in the 17th and 18th century, the project places its research of the modern day java commuter within a context of the past.

The Project Team

The project is the brain child of Gregg Taylor, a well-respected career counsellor and certified human resource professional. A part-time java commuter himself, Gregg wanted to explore this little known and documented way of working.

To help him with the research, development and writing, Gregg invited Lori Thiessen to join the team. Lori holds a BA (First Class Honours; Eng lit-Pub) from Simon Fraser University. She works out of a coffee shop quite often on various projects or to meet with clients.

Aaron Cruikshank, BA (Hons.), MPP, who is the principal of Friuch Consulting and specializes in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, developed the Coffee Shop Office survey. He is a self-proclaimed coffee addict and is a full-time java commuter.

4 Responses to “The Project”


  1. Sammy Wolcovinsky Says:
    January 17, 2009 at 5:05 am
    Hello!

    Great site!!!

    Where can I see pictures of a “coffe shop office”

    I am opening a realty company and want to have an idea of this new and great concept.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sammy Wolcovinsky
    Panama Flat Fee Realty


    1. Hi Sammy!

      Thanks so much for your comments! Well, a coffee shop office is just that — a coffee shop or cafe that people use as their alternative or preferred office.

      But if you are looking for the ‘next step up’ in the office environment food chain, there are a variety of co-working spaces and packaged offices out there. Here are a couple of links to these places:

      http://www.thenetworkhub.ca
      WorkSpace http://www.abetterplacetowork.com

      And then for the traditional full-on packaged office rental space you can check out Regent Business Centres http://www.regentbc.com
      .

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Lori


  2. Thanks for the useful article – I had fun reading it! I always love this blog. 🙂

  3. Coffee Maker Says:

    Having worked for eight years in busy coffee shops in London, I can say I have noticed a rise in the number of people working from them. However, this obviously also reflects changes in technology, that have allowed this situation to come about – free and secure wi-fi for example. It also provides a work space psychologically by being seperated from the home.

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