Today I went to Olea Cafe in Brookline Village for my lunch break – I usually go to KooKoo Cafe but I figured I should branch out and try it, since it’s across the street.
The coffee was really good, and the chocolate croissant was awesome. But the place was just WRONG! I hate walking into a coffee shop that has a great recommendation, that multiple friends have directed me too, and immediately feeling like I’m in a cafeteria or a poorly-managed Bon Pain.
Mood and decor go hand-in-hand with a good coffee shop, so here’s a break down of what I feel is necessary for a coffee shop to be a destination worth visiting.
1. Homey surfaces that don’t make me feel like I’m in a crappy pizza parlor – no fake marble table tops or cheap tile floors.
2. Good coffee, with an option to drink it in house in a mug or glass coffee cup.
3. Decor! A theme, decorations, art on the walls, or some sort of evidence that there was a conscious decision made concerning interior design.
4. All the fittings of a heaven for mac-toting hipsters. At least one couch, cushy chair or something that isn’t a cheap stool.
5. If you’re not going to have wifi (what is wrong with you?!) then you have to have awesome food. KooKoo’s, for example, is one of my favorites. No wifi, but their tabouleh and tuna pita sandwiches are stupidly good. I go for lunch and for the atmosphere, not to camp out and do work.