Always having to get together for drinks or dinner is very time-consuming and can be expensive. And you always have to think about the possibility of \”the kiss.\” That situation is even more awkward when you are walking in a crowded public area where everyone can see you. Try taking things slow and easy with a coffee date. They\’re low cost, informal, and brief. It is a lot easier to get to know a person quickly, prior to diving right in. Here are a few points to remember when you take a person out for coffee.
Keep things informal. After all, it is only coffee. Do not show up in fancy attire; you are only going to be drinking coffee. Cocktail dress is not required. If the coffee date is after work, loosen up your tie or take off your jacket. Show up looking like you are ready for a date, not for a job interview.
Don\’t hesitate to show your true self. If you normally order an exotic latte, you should do so when you are with your date. The fact is, you want them to know the real you. It is of greater importance that you are kind to the barista and that you do not take yourself too seriously. If you are aware that your drink order is rather eccentric, it can be an ice breaker, not something to be sensitive about. Be free with your quirkiness, let it show and own it.
Do not show up famished. It is acceptable to have a little snack, but coffee can just be coffee. If the date seems to be going well, you might recommend going for something to eat. But remember, that might not occur. And a growling stomach is not what you want to have on your first date. You do not want them to feel as if they need to feed you or go with you to get food because you are so hungry.
Do arrive a bit ahead of time. Coffeehouses are notoriously packed with people. If possible, get there 10-15 minutes early to look for a good location to sit. That way, you will be able to hear what your date is saying over the noise of the coffee grinders. Plenty of coffee shops also have comfortable chairs and sofas, so if you can arrive a little early, you can grab the perfect place to sit. If there is nothing available, you will still have time to look for another good spot to sit.