About the Coffee and Wi-Fi Locator Project
Why would anyone make this Web site?
There are probably thousands of interesting coffee and restaurant Web sites already,
plus many Wi-Fi locator services. But none of these have all the information we want,
especially when traveling to a new city. Search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc.) and
other sites like MapQuest are helpful, but they don't validate any information and
continue listing places for years after they go out of business. We decided that we
can offer a useful service to travelers and locals alike.
What's different about this site?
We hope to enlist coffee junkies and other people that regularly work out of a coffee
shop to submit the information about their favorite locations. People that
frequent a great coffee shop know the hours, the manager's name, the busy times, which
pastries are the best, and a lot more. If we're right, they would love to support their
shop and share this information with the rest of us.
Besides the basic information we will use Twitter and other social networking tools
to provide real-time updates. For example, if you hear about live music at your coffee
shop tonight you can post a message, from our site or by using Twitter on your phone,
to let other people know about it. Or, if the Wi-Fi isn't working today you can post a
quick message and let others know before they drive over. Store managers can post a
special of the day just for regular users of our site.
Imagine getting to your hotel and easily finding a place to work for a few hours that
you know is open, has working Wi-Fi, good coffee and sandwiches. That is what we hope
to accomplish, with your help.
Can a coffee shop advertise on this site?
Yes, the site is very beta right now so we're just trying to get the directory filled
in a little, but we are working on several advertising opportunities. First, individual
coffee shop owners/managers will be able to upload photos and additional information for
their page. If you don't have a Web site today, or want a blog of your own, we can help
with that too. Second, we are looking for national and state-level sponsors. If you are
interested in advertising or being a sponsor please fill out
our contact form
Are only serious coffee shops allowed?
Not at all. Our focus is coffee because that's the first place people think of when
they need to get out of the house/office to work for a while. But there are lots of
places you could go for a real breakfast, dinner, or a beer and music, and feel comfortable
setting up your computer. There are other places, a nice city park with municipal
Wi-Fi for example, that could be added to our directory. If the place you want to add
doesn't fit one of our categories please let us know
and we'll fix that.