Wednesday 25 February 2004 5.31pm
I'm with Matt AND Kyliedog
We never needed (more than a handful of) coffee shops in the first place. The fact that we have so many of them just goes to show that no one listened when they watched field of dreams.
Kevin Costner films don't lie, and when the voices in the corn said "If you build it, they will come", this is just what they meant. I (am probably wierd or something, but I) don't know anyone who needs to have all the coffee these places are selling, and I really don't think any of my friends do either (or else they're keeping it secret).
If we want SE1 to become little America (god forbid!), then roll out more S****bucks.
But if we want SE1 to become little Europe, then all we need is to replace the homes of the coffee nazis with proper, continental-style cafes (i.e. ones where you can get food, and whatever you want to drink, all through the day and night). I realise we may never turn the South Bank into the Med, but we only need to look to Holland (excellent country, very similar climate) to see really good examples of cafes that cater to a broad range of people throughout the day, where the staff do a good job, with a smile and a bit of a professional attitude, and which are not part of a chain.
Cafes = good. Coffee = nothing to do with a good cafe.
...there's plenty more c**** in the cup.