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Every week author Maurits Koelewijn talks about the coffee culture and life in his hometown Amsterdam. This week he drank his black coffee at Twentyfiveseven.
Yesterday, I saw an old friend of mine in the supermarket. She was weighing up what to buy. Shall I go for the Golden Delicious or the Elstar apple? Just saying ‘hello’ wouldn’t do any harm, I thought. The supermarket is everything except an embarrassing place to meet people you know. She greeted me friendly. Yes, it was a fine place to run in to someone.
That’s not always the case, of course. A while ago I was sitting butt naked in the hottub of the sauna with my girlfriend, when a woman I knew suddenly appeared. She walked down the stairs, into the hottub and sat next to me. It was only then when she recognized me.
‘Oh, God,’ she said. ‘This is awkward.’
Her husband, who was sitting next to her, tried to save the situation:
‘Why?’ he asked. ‘We’re all naked, right?’
The woman introduced me to her husband.
‘This is Maurits Koelewijn. I once helped him organize a book presentation.’
‘Oh, how nice!’ he giggled.
I introduced my girlfriend to the woman.
And then the long waiting started. Who of us would have the guts to get on that stairs, to go out of the hottub and show their ass to the rest of us?
None of us. All four of us stayed, looking miserable at each other.
Running in to someone you know in the sauna. A little bit embarrassing. And how about a clinic where they test you for STI?
Coffeebar Twentyfiveseven on the other hand is a place where it’s alright to meet someone you know. After all, when you open your laptop here and you drink a good coffee, you show you are independent and you search for quality.
But of course I don’t see any people I know here. I just have a nice conversation with Truus, who lives in the neighborhood as well. She reads my coffee column every week and says she’s going to buy my new book.
This way, Twentyfiveseven is a nice place to meet people after all! And a coffeebar to remember. What a nice place!