Australian Coffee Culture Is Inspiring a New Wave of American Cafes

February 19, 2016

Not every cafe needs Wi-Fi.

In Australia, coffee isn’t fuel for work—it’s a way of life.

Nick Stone, founder of New York’s Bluestone Lane—one of the city’s most successful Australian cafe chainlets—moved to the U.S. in 2010 and expected to feel culture shock from his native Melbourne. But what he wasn’t prepared for was the jolt of American coffee.

New Yorkers sat in cafes for hours, headphones on, laptops out, totally focused on work, drinking incredible quantities of coffee loaded with cream and sugar. For them, drip coffee was a drug to keep going. Yet, for Stone, coffee was a beverage…