Ever so often, I walk into a coffee shop and think, “Man! Wouldn’t it be cool to work here?” And sometimes, all I mean is wouldn’t it be cool to trade my fluorescent-lit office for the warm, naturally lit, indie-music-playing buzz of my favorite coffee shop? To sit in a little wooden booth wearing whatever I’m feeling at the time—perhaps jeans and a flannel button-down like the girl I saw this morning—and tap my fingers on my laptop while coffee grinds and milk steams in the background?
And other times, what I really mean is wouldn’t it be cool to work here? To be the girl behind the counter pouring people coffee and warming muffins and oatmeal and seeing people’s eyes brighten at little things like maple lattes and pumpkin bread? To spend my whole day treating people and chirping, “Have a wonderful day!”
And I could, theoretically, quit my salaried job with good benefits to do this, but either I’m not brave enough, or deep down I know that spending day after day in a coffee shop wouldn’t be as grand as I imagine it would be.
I guess I’ll have to make do with listening to my “coffee shop playlist” and pretending that’s where I am. Here’s a mix of indie pop/folk tunes that remind me of coffee shops everywhere.
Listen to this coffee shop playlist on Spotify.
Coffee Shop Tunes Track List
- “Big Black Car,” Gregory Alan Isakov
- “Where Happiness Lives,” Magnet
- “Nicest Thing,” Kate Nash
- “Snowship,” Benjamin Francis Leftwich
- “The Reckless and the Brave,” All Time Low
- “Be Okay,” Oh Honey
- “Stubborn Love,” The Lumineers
- “Even the Darkness Has Arms,” The Barr Brothers
- “Alabama Pines,” Jason Isbell
- “A Sky Full of Stars,” Coldplay
- “What Would I Do Without You,” Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
- “Michigan,” The Milk Carton Kids
- “Renegades,” X Ambassadors
- “Thunder Clatter,” Wild Cub
- “All My Tears,” Ane Brun
- “Take Me Back,” Sarah Jarosz
- “Heart’s Content,” Brandi Carlile
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