Coffeehouse Culture: Free Wi-Fi Or Wi-Fi Free?

Coffeehouse Culture: Free Wi-Fi Or Wi-Fi Free?

What's the purpose of a coffeehouse? Chatting with neighbors or making new friends? Taking a break, sipping a good brew, maybe surfing the Internet? Find out why some local coffee houses are ending or limiting wireless access.

Free wireless Internet access is a standard feature in many coffeehouses, and a set expectation of many customers. But some local coffee shops are unplugging Internet access. The goal: to free up seats and prevent customers with laptops from lingering for hours. Kojo chats with two local business owners about their decision to cut or curb wi-fi, how they're managing customer expectations and how they'll pursue creative business plans.

Guests

Joel Finkelstein

Owner, Roaster, Qualia Coffee (Washington, D.C.)

Rasheed Jabr

Owner, Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar (Washington, D.C.)

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