Coffee Shop Etiquettes: What (Not) to Do

You may be a café regular, but do you know all the etiquettes? Knowing the unspoken rules and manners at the café is a great way to appreciate your baristas and have an enjoyable coffee time. By applying these tips, you may also learn more about your cuppa! Here are the dos and don’ts at the coffee shop.


  1. Ask questions. If you couldn’t tell your light from dark roast, or don’t know whether to order the Kenya or the Ethiopia, speak up! A good barista will be happy to explain the differences and recommend drinks to suit your taste.
  2. Be mindful and keep to yourself. Speak softly with your companion, be it in person or through a phone call. If you’re listening to music or watching videos, put on an earphone so that other patrons can have a comfortable time, too.
  3. Order more if you’re planning to stay for a while. It’s nice to do your work in a café setting, but be mindful of the amount of time you’ve spent taking up the space. A good rule of thumb is to order something every couple of hours.
  4. Remember to say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’. A little appreciation never hurts anybody!



  1. Leave belongings unattended. If you need to go to the loo, ask for a staff to mind your things for a few minutes. During the busy hours, it’s a good idea to bring precious belongings (wallet, phone, electronics) with you.
  2. Be impatient. A good cuppa takes time to create, especially during busy periods!
  3. Extend charger cords across. It’s fine if the power sockets are right under your table, but if they are so far from where you’re sitting, plugging a cord might serve as a tripping hazard. Not a good thing, especially in a place with a lot of hot drinks!