There’s nothing quite like small, independent coffee shops. They all have their own quirks and sense of individuality. And that’s what, in my opinion, makes them so great.
My favourite thing about them is how they are all so unique in their own way. There is nowhere else quite like any particular independent coffee shop. Chains will always serve their purpose but they’re all just the same as each other. They don’t have the same kind of ‘personality’ somewhere that’s independent.
I think it’s great to see how much staff actually care at independent cafes. And by going to one, you’re helping local people instead of big shot CEOs who’ve come to care solely about how much profit they can make. (And why on earth would a company pay their taxes, right?!) But everyone really does seem so much more personable at independent places.
One thing I’ve found with independent coffee shops is that I actually look forward to going back to them. Not just for the coffee, but also for the atmosphere. As someone who loves reading and blogging (well, any kind of writing really), they’re great places to go. I honestly have no idea just how long I’ve spent at coffee shops doing just that, but I absolutely love it.
So having been to my fair share of both chain and independent coffee shops, I know exactly which I prefer. Spending my afternoons in quirky coffee shops has definitely become one of my favourite things ever.