The Coffee Shop Office: Are you a Café Commuter?

    Vancouver Career Coach and Writer launch new work trend survey and blog

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - What do you get when you blend telecommuting
with the coffee culture craze? Café Commuters - people who use their local
coffee shop as their alternative - and even preferred - office!
    Tuesday September 30th is the official launch of the new Coffee Shop
Survey and Coffee Shop Office Blog (, two interactive
new tools created by award winning Career Coach Gregg Taylor and 'Head
Scribe & Researcher' Lori Thiessen, two Vancouverites documenting this new
work trend. The launch will be held at Esquires Coffee, at 10:00am, corner of
Oak St. at 16th Ave., where the idea for the blog and book originated.
    Gregg Taylor, himself a café commuter, looked up one day to find his
local coffee shop filled with people just like him, working away on their
laptops, holding business meetings, and accessing the internet. "As a Career
Coach and HR Consultant I realized what a tremendous shift in our work life
has been taking place over the past 5 years. Coffee shops are becoming offices
for the mobile workforce, incubators for start-up companies and a safe haven
for freelancers and artisans of all kinds. People love the flexibility of
'working from home', but dislike the isolation. Coffee shops offer a happy
medium of convenience and community."
    A recent survey conducted by Office Team in August 2008 revealed that 74%
of those Canadian Executives polled said they expect the number of their
employees working remotely to increase in the next 5 years, with 46% saying
that 'working off site' is currently somewhat common for their employees.
    The Canadian Telework Association (InnoVisions Canada
attributes the dramatic increase in this trend to a perfect storm of rising
gas prices, leading edge technology and a push for work life flexibility which
have all come together in the past 12 months. Add to this our love for coffee
and need for connection, and the coffee shop office trend has transformed the
local café scene.
    Gregg and Lori are currently compiling and writing the book Coffee Shop
Office - working on the rim planned for release in 2009 that will take a fun,
glossy look at the world of java commuting with interesting facts, interviews
with java commuters, survey result highlights, and resources for becoming the
ultimate java commuter. The new blog and survey being launched on
September 30th will provide insights, resources, collect statistics and
stories related to telecommuting and the fascinating
'coffee-shop-as-workspace' trend.
    A variety of local 'Café Commuters' will be present at the launch and
available to share their stories.

    Launch Event:
    Esquires Coffee Shop, 10:00 AM, Southeast Corner, Oak Street at
    16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange media interviews, contact: Gregg
Taylor, Ph. (604) 306-2507,,; Lori Thiessen, Ph. (778) 829-9537,

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