Book shops and coffee

@nannacroc (4049)
September 20, 2008 4:03pm CST
Can someone please tell me who decided that the smell of coffee in a book shop was a good idea? I used to love browsing in book shops but can't now because the smell of coffee makes me feel ill and all the book shops in our area now hae a coffee shop in the same premises. I couldn't even go in to one of them because of the smell.
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9 responses
• Australia
20 Sep 08
Oh Oh I love books and I love coffee and have had it in the back of my mind to maybe one day when I retire to open a combined book,coffee shop ,never gave it a thought that there are some people who can not take the smell and would put them of from comming in. Still there has to be a way around that problem there is always a solution to a problem if one looks at it long and hard ,and I have heaps of time for that if I decide to run with this idea.
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• South Africa
21 Oct 08
I also love books and love coffee. I have'nt been to any book shops that sell coffee but it would certainly attract me. I tend to spend hours in a book shop and the added attraction of been able to enjoy a cup of coffee - wow. I am also an avid collector of books and also hope to open a second hand book shop at some stage in my life - would definately sell coffee !
@sabbatha (287)
• United States
20 Sep 08
Have you tried smaller bookstores, and used bookstores. They could use the business anyway because of places like Borders and Barnes and Nobles, plus they usually don't have coffee shops in them. Personally, while I hate the taste of coffee, I actually love the smell of it!
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@nannacroc (4049)
20 Sep 08
I still browse the used book shops and love the smell of old books. Sadly there ae no longer any small book shops in our area, they have been put out of busiess by the chains.
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@sabbatha (287)
• United States
20 Sep 08
Oh, that sucks. We have 3 right near me. One of them is just stacked with books everywhere. It's a complete mess and packed in with barely enough room to move. Needless to say it's my total favorite of the three!
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
20 Sep 08
I'll have to admit I've wondered that myself a lot of times. I'm not nauseated by the coffee odor, it just makes me wonder 'why?' Certainly you don't take a book you're thinking of buying and read some of it there while having coffee (unless they're counting on sales from books that have coffee stains, etc lol.) Then if you DO purchase the book, wouldn't you rather take it home to read it over...like in your cozy arm-chair or something?! I just don't 'get it' what the allure is, unless it's so that you can have a cup of java and relax inbetween shopping or something. Guess we'll have to file this one under "things that make you go: Huh?"
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• United States
20 Sep 08
While some bookstores still don't have coffee bars, most do. I'm sorry for your problem, because for most of us it's truly a joy! The library in the school where I teach has even installed a small cafe, where the students can get juice, water, etc., and the teachers can get coffee. There are lovely snacks, too, and I love to go there during my planning period and grade papers with coffee and a cookie or muffin at the table with me. The money they earn allows them to buy more books than the minimal budget allows, and many, many more kids and teachers go there than ever before.
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@pumpkinjam (5764)
• United Kingdom
21 Sep 08
I think it's silly really. I could understand perhaps a subtle smell of something but coffee smell is very strong. It's like the previous idea of playing "music" in shops, different music for different potential shoppers. There is one shop I really like but, until recently, couldn't be in there for very long because the music was so loud because they were aimed at people they thought would be into that sort of thing. But at least with music, it does make sense. You might get grannies in M&S if you play really soft, slow, old people music and you'll get your chavs in Top Shop by playing the modern noise often referred to as music. However, I don't understand the whole idea with coffee because it's like saying "everyone who reads must like the smell of coffee". I don't usually mind it but there is one bookshop I don't go in often because the smell from their coffee shop is so overpowering. Besides, surely it can't be good for books to be exposed to the toxins which would be wafted from the coffee over the books.
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@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
21 Sep 08
Even though i love the smell of coffee, i do understand what you are saying. Not everybody likes it. When i was pregnant, the smell of coffee made me nauseas.
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@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
21 Sep 08
This is happening everywhere, even in the local towns now that they have to have a coffee shop within the book shop, I guess book shops don't make much money so they need to subsidize the rent they have to pay which is usually high in high streets and prime locales, and what better than to put a coffee shop inside to attract customers and boost their takings, that is my take on it my friend, certainly all large book shops are going this way now.
• Canada
20 Sep 08
Chapters and Starbucks.
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@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
23 Sep 08
Hi nannacrolc, luckily that the biggest book store in my place here doesn’t have any coffee shop in it yet. There is only an indian food stall selling spicy food right in front of it. I believe the smell of delicious food doesn’t cause any trouble or distraction to the book lovers there for it is blocked by the glass door. We still could enjoy browsing and reading interesting books there. Really, during the time I was browsing in the Borders book shop when I visited my son in the neighbor state few months back, I was distracted by the strong aromatic smell of the coffee which came from the Starbucks coffee in it. posting and take care.
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
21 Oct 08
Hi nannacrolc, here I would like to express my belated gratitude for awarding me the best response ten days ago. Last week, while passing by the mentioned book store I couldn’t find the Indian food stall in front of it anymore. I think it might be shifted to somewhere or quit the business already I suppose. The front part of the book store looks more decent and tidy without any food stall there. posting and have a wonderful day.