Review: Coffee-Shops-Cum-Virtual-Offices

There are articles on how to coffee (shop) camp the right way. Never have I thought I would actually need it when I was reading it. But here I am now, sharing my own experiences. Co-working spaces are nice except they aren’t many and not accessible. Plus they are far from my friends who have actual offices. LOL #clingy

Some places I’ve tried working in and how friendly and welcoming they actually are to people who stay for hours in their shops:

Friendliness of Staff
Wall Sockets (sufficient number of)
Food/Drinks (Price and Quality)
Fast and Reliable Wifi
Minimum order for wifi?
Average
Subspace (Emerald Ave., Ortigas, Pasig)

4

5 4 4 150PHP (12oz brewed coffee +  their to-die-for Jack Daniels cupcake = 200PHP)

4.25

Larcy’s Cupcakery  (Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig)

4

4 4 3 none

3.75

3rd Cup Café (Katipunan Ave., QC)

3

3 3 5 none

3.5

Bo’s Coffee (Katipunan Ave., QC)

3

4 3 2 200PHP

3

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Katipunan Ave., Estancia Mall & Emerald Ave.)

3

1 3 4 none

2.75

Starbucks (Katipunan Ave., QC)

2

2 3 2 none

2.25

Notes:

(1) CBTL probably has some branding concerns that’s why they don’t like people hanging out for too long at their place. On a lucky day, they will ask you to unplug that monster called an extension cord. As for Starbucks, some branches don’t have wifi at all. I guess they don’t like tambay yuppies too who need a place to work and drink pweds coffee.

(2) The individual criterion above do not have the same weight as each criterion. So if wifi speed and reliability are more important to you than friendliness of staff, then by all means take your pick from above. Just sharing my review on these places. From one person who’s more efficient outside working away from the house to another.

(3) Subspace has the friendliest staff. No dirty looks. And they make you feel that they are actually happy that you’re there. And they’re open 6AM – 12 MN Monday to Friday. 🙂

At the end of the day, be a nice coffee camper. Do what they say in this article.

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