As a Cambridge-based business, we thought we should explore the remote-working options we have in our city and who better evaluate them than experts on effective working environments!
We decided plug availability, seating availability, the level of noise, the price of the coffee, and the speed of the broadband are key indicators of how suitable a place is for working comfortably and efficiently.
After visiting a number of spots across the city, we discovered some cafÃ©s are better for your pocket, some are better for when you need a plug socket, and some lend themselves really well to quiet work. We had a couple of great all-rounders and some we just didn't want to miss off.
The majority are independent establishments and to find out why this is the case, we spoke to a championer of independent businesses in Cambridge. Steve Linford, of Independent Cambridge, described the benefits that come with working in a local cafÃ©, he pointed out: "Cambridge has a thriving community of [independent cafÃ©s] running great little businesses so you have a choice. When you choose indie you can be sure that the money you spend stays in the local economy, providing a livelihood for Cambridge families."
He added, "Indies use freshly ground coffee, carefully roasted at just the right temperature so the flavour is the best it can be. And it will taste even better knowing that each cup helps keep the city vibrant and just a little bit different."
Our list is as follows: Espresso Library; Stir; CB2; Hot Numbers; Fitzbillies; Second Cup; Urban Larder; Trockel, Ulmann and Freunde; CaffÃ¨ Nero on Market Street; and Relevant Records. Please see the infographic below to find out more.
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