The Faraday Café

What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?

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  1. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    awake
  2. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    watching
  3. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Cats
  4. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    the need to be around people
  5. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    warmth
  6. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    mommy time
  7. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    the smell of coffee
  8. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    relaxing time outside my home
  9. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    To reflect everything that has gone around
  10. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    vibe
  11. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good cinnamon buns
  12. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    relaxing
  13. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    nothing; what a waste of time
  14. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    to meet up with friends
  15. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    cute girls
  16. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    internet access
  17. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    being able to stretch my legs
  18. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Atmosphere. People. Power plugs.
  19. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    comfort
  20. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    electric plug
  21. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    calming atmosphere
  22. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    hkgfbsgs
  23. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    get started for another achievement
  24. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    familiar, relaxed, clean and taken care of
  25. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    ambieance
  26. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Away from my loud co workers
  27. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    the background noise
  28. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Clean Comfy Chairs
  29. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    meeting friends
  30. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Good vibes from the setting and staff. Good music that isn't too loud and helps to keep conversations private.
  31. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Good music and a rainy day
  32. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Windows, pedestrians, art and really really great coffee....and baked goods. Nutured coffee shops with style and original designs always feel great. I'll keep visiting those.
  33. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    to have a conversation
  34. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Laid back environment
  35. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    lighting
  36. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    human buzz akin to white noise, no interruptions,
  37. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Good light
  38. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Thinking about design
  39. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    GOAT TEA'S...AND THE RELATIVE QUANTITY OF OVER-MANICURED BEARDS...AND CHEAP'ISH COFFEE
  40. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    it means I am taking time for myself
  41. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    no disruptions
  42. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Music
  43. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    other people around, a warm environment with a view (inside or outside)
  44. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    treats
  45. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Cozy, but focused. Comfortable, but diligent. Homey, undistracted.
  46. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Good coffee, good company
  47. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    rain
  48. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    cozy
  49. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    to be able to interact with other people but in an impersonal way so I can still do my thing (working for example)
  50. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good coffee, atmosphere, comfort
  51. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    when working on papers
  52. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    location
  53. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    atmosphere, lighting, people
  54. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    great italian coffee
  55. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    nothing - I'd rather be outside
  56. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    interior
  57. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    marking warmth good coffee
  58. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    outdoor to indoor connection
  59. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    the atmosphere and music
  60. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Conforto
  61. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Lounging
  62. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    public library
  63. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Lounge
  64. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    not working
  65. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    wi-fi
  66. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Good music, Wi-Fi, bright windows, no clutter.
  67. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    music and comfortable chairs
  68. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    solitude
  69. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    comfortable seats
  70. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Watching people!
  71. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    A variety of chairs-sizes, shapes, squishiness-and big cups I can wrap my hands around.
  72. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    talking
  73. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    cafe
  74. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    The Atmosphere
  75. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    a pleasant atmosphere - a space that is unique
  76. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good coffee + good atmosphere + good company
  77. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    a beautiful space
  78. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    accessibility and comfort
  79. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Good lighting and acoustics for having conversations
  80. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Unique decor
  81. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Good ambiance and friendly people
  82. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Doing work
  83. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Comfy chairs + music
  84. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    friendship
  85. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good music, seat comfortable, nature materials presents
  86. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    enough seating
  87. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good food/drinks, comfortable seating, a patio, convenient location, good music
  88. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    If it's quiet, I like to stay to write. When it's busy, I stay just to let the chatter become white noise. - Larissa Schuler
  89. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    free
  90. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    quiet space
  91. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    buzzing environment
  92. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    books
  93. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    a) the quality of the space; b) the quality of the coffee.
  94. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    coffee and nice weather :)
  95. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    a "safe place for dialogue"
  96. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    plugs
  97. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    great food & bev; comfy seating; inviting view; friendly staff; background music that's not too loud
  98. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    to spend time with friends
  99. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    craigflower bridge
  100. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    light
  101. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    A place I can feel private in with just me and my coffee, or one other.
  102. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    people
  103. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    comfy chairs
  104. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Chat with friends
  105. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    relaxation
  106. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    that the seats are comfortable, the place isn't too loud, and the coffee is good of course!
  107. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Friends
  108. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    great music, good wifi, comfy seats
  109. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    the lighting
  110. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    sunlight
  111. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    To have a meeting of some kind: friends, colleagues, or interview.
  112. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    displays that catch my eye, funky design and furniture, great smells -- coffee, treats -- plus a few interesting-looking customers
  113. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    the interior design
  114. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    culture
  115. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good atmosphere
  116. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    being with other people, community, belonging, nostalgia, tradition, the old way of meeting people and to get the best cafe in town. It has to be the best!!!
  117. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Environment where I can read or visit with friends
  118. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    its not time in my kitchen
  119. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    time away from home
  120. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    It's a communal workspace
  121. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    stair
  122. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    ☕️?
  123. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    free wifi, decent music, good coffee
  124. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    nice decoration
  125. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    a place that's quiet for me to read or reflect with a good coffee.
  126. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    hygge
  127. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    atmosphere and movement.
  128. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good music and lighting and vibe
  129. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    I hate people that spend time in cafes
  130. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Nothing
  131. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    A comfortable environment in the right location with friendly staff serving good food/drinks at the right price.
  132. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    People watching
  133. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Ambience, being around people, good lighting, comfortable seating, not too much noise from music, nice service, and eavesdropping on conversations (great inspiration for creative writing)
  134. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Closeness, coziness, reading material (more than local papers), people to watch, WiFi, soft chairs, views.
  135. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Not overcrowded. Available seat and table or counter.
  136. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    A moment to pause, feel the warmth of sunlight through the window, feel the hum of conversation around me without hearing every word...escape for a while before heading back to reality
  137. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Comfortable space
  138. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    An atmosphere where i can work/surf/catchup on emails for 30mins without being disturbed. A meeting place where i can catch up with friends and have reasonably private conversations. Enough background noise and space for private conversations, without struggling to hear what is being said. Comfortable lighting, pleasant smells, comfy seating, a suitably sized table, a range of food options - healthy snacks and treats, maybe some in-house soups. A location which is convenient to where I've just been, or am going next (meetings, shopping, walking).
  139. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good coffee
  140. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    atmosphere, lighting, music, furniture, mood
  141. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good music
  142. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    wifi
  143. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Rainy Saturday's
  144. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    the smell of fresh baked muffins
  145. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    because its were you feel welcome
  146. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Big windows
  147. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    atmosphere
  148. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    :-) smiles
  149. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    coffee
  150. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Ambiance
  151. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Places to work quietly by myself as well as social areas to gather with a few friends. Oh, and good coffee.
  152. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Music that doesn't overpower you and make you feel unwelcome
  153. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    free internet
  154. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    excellent coffee and friendly service
  155. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    great coffee
  156. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    the coffee
  157. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    great selection
  158. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    great beans and friendly staff
  159. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Looking forward to being greeted by my first name and knowing their first names too! and caffeine lots and lots of caffeine!
  160. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    local company designs on my foam provides a community hub
  161. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    Amazing coffee and treats for everyone, even people with gluten or dairy allergies!
  162. What makes you want to spend time in a cafe?
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    good quality coffee, reasonable prices, award-winning baristas that smile, easy access, no WIFI
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