22yo working from a cafe divides internet with simple question

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“People who work in cafes, how many coffees do we drink?”

Generation Z has left the office and embraced café culture to the point where they have made it a central part of their working lives.

Tully, 22, lives in Melbourne and works in social media for a skincare brand. She also likes to “romanticise” her working life by settling into a cafe for the day.

In true Gen Z fashion, she asked on TikTok about the “etiquette” of ordering coffee. Her question was viewed over 700,000 times and sparked a huge debate in the comments section.

If you open your business in a cafe, with your laptop and your own cup, using their WiFi, heating and electricity, how many coffees are fair?

First, the mere idea of ​​working in a café was controversial.

“As someone who has worked in many cafes, we generally don’t understand why you don’t just go to a library? But yes, at least once an hour,” wrote one person, and the comment received over a thousand likes.

Aside from that comment, people were busy debating how many coffees to order while typing on your laptop.

In the comments, many people told Tully to buy herself a coffee every hour.

One advised: “One per hour or 1.5 hours, depending on whether you get something to eat at some point.”

“Realistically, a drink every 45 minutes to every hour is a good rule of thumb,” recommended another.

Someone else wrote that the rule of thumb in the café is to order one or two coffees every hour.

Tully was quite surprised by the response and pointed out that if she worked in a cafe all day, she would be “out of her mind” from consuming that much caffeine.

Other people were not so generous with caffeine.

“I’m a barista and we really don’t care as long as you buy one,” one commented, and similar comments followed.

“If the other tables are full, keep buying! If they’re empty… it helps to sit there and make the cafe look full.”

“When everyone says one an hour, that’s crazy… I personally do one every three hours or get a drink two hours later and then a treat.”

“Who says one an hour? Get a hot tea for $3 and stay as long as you want. We don’t care as long as you’re gone by closing time.”

Tully told news.com.au that she posted the TikTok because she wanted to know what the right thing to do was.

“I think this is one of those things that everyone who works in a cafe thinks about. It’s one of those unspoken rules that I wanted to get to the bottom of in my TikTok video,” she said.

The young worker said that when she posted the video, she had just finished her four-hour work in a cafe.

She ordered two drinks and had breakfast, which she felt “justified” her stay, but she wanted more clarity on the home office issue.

Tully said she found the response to her job question interesting.

“As humans, we create these little ethical rules and regulations for simple things like this. I always tell the staff, ‘I’m going to sit here and work for a while, so if it gets busy and you need to give the table up to someone who’s coming in to eat, just let me know and I’ll move,'” she said.

“It was interesting to see how controversial the comments were. I think this discussion is very relevant, especially given the cost of living crisis.”

Tully said she really enjoys working in cafes because they provide a change of scenery that is superior to any office.

“I feel a sudden burst of productivity when I work in a cafe. I’m not sure what it is, but there’s something about putting on headphones and romanticizing the work experience in a cozy cafe with a nice cup of coffee – or in my case, matcha – that’s typically Gen Z,” she said.

In fact, when she feels “unmotivated,” working in a cafe can “take her out” of that situation.

“There was a lot of discussion in the comments on my TikTok about why people don’t just work in libraries, but there’s more atmosphere in a cafe. You can eat, sip warm drinks and chat with the on-site barista,” she said.

The young employee said the idea of ​​working in a library seemed “stale” and reminded her of her school days.

“Sometimes I also like the background sounds of chatter, the clinking of cutlery, etc. Sometimes while working from home, I listen to a YouTube audio file called ‘Cozy Coffee Shop Ambient Rain Sounds’ to mimic the experience,” she said.

“And finally, it’s an excuse to treat myself to a drink and maybe a sweet treat.”


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