From starting our own cafe to hosting virtual brewing sessions, coffee has become part of our remote work culture.March 10, 2021
Long before we became a remote-first company, we were already big coffee lovers. We cared so much about coffee that we even opened a cafe in our office (to spread the coffee love far and wide)!
What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.Henry Rollins
As our company grew and our new team members introduced themselves in Pecha Kucha presentations, we noticed a running theme—a lot of us like coffee!
So grab a cup of your favorite blend and learn how our coffee experiences have helped shape us as a company.
It all started back in 2014, when we set up a coffee shop in our office. We wanted to create an open space for everyone, where people could work and enjoy good coffee. There was fast Wi-Fi, a great atmosphere—and lots of espressos! Thus, our company’s coffee journey began…
If you’re ever in Vilnius, Lithuania, and you fancy a coffee, then you’re welcome to come over for a cuppa! The coffee shop is located in our MailerLite office.
Twice a year, our team meets for a workation—a paid work trip abroad. It’s our time for team bonding, socializing and goal setting. We’ve been to lots of great coffee locations, including Sweden, Bali, Lithuania, Morocco, and Azores (check out our highlights video below)!
But as you can imagine, things looked a little different for us in 2020. None of us could travel, so instead, we hosted two virtual “staycations”, which looked something like this:
It was a different experience: all our meetings, workshops and activities happened online. But we got creative and did some amazing virtual activities together—including a coffee-making session!
Our in-house coffee expert, Darius, created a Zoom session to walk us through all the different brewing techniques. There was no pressure—everyone was free to make their own coffee exactly the way they liked it. The most important thing was to have fun.
Our team absolutely loved it. Some of us started small with instant coffee…
...While others suggested some weird and wonderful methods we could try.
Everyone had a great time during the call, chatting about their favorite tips to create the best coffee brew.
It was such a popular event that we stayed active on the Slack channel afterwards, sharing our coffee insider knowledge with the rest of the world.
Coffee-making brought our team together virtually, and months on, we’re still talking about how much fun we had.
As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?Cassandra Clare
The benefit of having a global team is that everyone can share their diverse coffee experiences from around the world. We asked three of our team members to share some of their own photos and experiences around coffee.
“First of all, coffee is just a nice drink to me. I enjoy it every day—often multiple times a day. But the real magic starts when you find people who enjoy it too—coffee connects people and it can lead to great conversations and small rituals even at work!”
“I started trying coffee when I joined The Remote Company. It tasted quite bitter at first, but now I really like it—especially mochas and espressos. I enjoyed our staycation coffee session, where we learned about all the different brewing techniques. There’s nothing like chatting over a cup of coffee (even if it’s on Zoom)!”
“Coffee helps you feel more energized, it burns fat and improves your physical performance. Also, coffee stimulates the release of dopamine in your brain, which produces euphoria and happy feelings. That’s why it’s so nice to start your day with a little cup of coffee!”
Of course, you don’t have to like coffee to be a part of our team—we never discriminate on coffee grounds (had to squeeze a pun in here 😉)! We’re a diverse team of people from all over the world, and we all like our different beverages. But we’re all connected by our company values—and they’re stronger than the strongest coffee roast.
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