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It’s a busy mid-morning in Starbucks, but no weary shoppers are stopping by.

I look around me.  Two men in crisp shirts and ties sit facing each other, notepads and pens competing for table space with disposable cups.  A smartly-dressed woman sits alone in front of a slim Apple laptop. I imagine, based on no evidence, that she is drinking a skinny latte.  An older, suited man sits on a stool at the long bar table with two laptops in front of him.  Both are attached to power sockets, with one monitor displaying a complicated spreadsheet.

Welcome to a branch of Starbucks in Mexico City.  If it is full of professionals at work, then that is only fitting for a coffee chain with a devoted following among the better-off capitalinos.

I’ve noticed in other cafes, like the Mexican-owned rival Cielito Querido, that there is a culture of lingering.  You are not prodded into purchasing another drink.  You can enjoy an extended catch-up with an old friend, or work on your freelance project.  You can even have an English lesson.

Solid tables, comfortable sofas for your break-out sessions, wi-fi.

It’s an office space you can use for the price of a peppermint tea.

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