Cats and the internets. Best of friends, forever
London’s first café is now open. Portland in the US is about to get all feline friendly too. And here in Melbourne, we’re awaiting the opening of our own cat café with white-knuckled anticipation.
If this is the first you’ve heard of it, allow us to explain: it’s a café, with cats. You pet them and drink tea. And soon, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran will be opening one. But where are we at now? How long must we wait for our cats and coffees and the joy that they’ll bring for ever and ever?
Not long, apparently. For the past few months, the Loughrans have been raising money through crowd funding campaigns on indiegogo.com, and now that they’re done with their second campaign, it’s go time.
According to Anita, the physical site applications are in (they’ve applied for a few spots, all in the CBD) and the council has given them a big cat-loving thumbs up.
We’ve got a few months to go – all of the building and cat selecting is still ahead – but it is definitely a happening thing. In the meantime, this:
Melbourne is a great city. We have awards and pissed off Sydneysiders to prove it. But here at Time Out, we’ve sometimes looked to Tokyo with its bizarre gameshows and sexy robot bars with a degree of envy.
No more. Following a trip to the land of wonder, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran have decided to try and bring a little bit of whimsical crazy to our fair town in the form of a cat café.
Cat cafés, if you’re not familiar, are essentially a hybrid of a coffee shop and a petting zoo – albeit one stocked entirely with felines. The idea is to provide people who can’t own a pet full time with the chance to make believe for the duration of a drink for a small petting fee.
So, if you want to try out being a cat-lady/man before committing to the full wardrobe of sweaters and khaki slacks, you might want to get sharing the Loughrans crowd-funding page. They’re currently trying to raise their capital on Indiegogo, with the hope of opening up in June or July this year.
And for those worried about OH and S or animal cruelty, rest assured that food and cats will be kept apart and the cats will have plenty of space to get away from unwanted hands.… Read more
Latte art is the flare bartending trick of the coffee world. And sadly, just like those outstanding feats of acrobatic drinksmanship made famous by our favourite Scientologist Tom Cruise in Cocktail, it’s no longer taken as seriously as it once was. But dammit, we wish it was. Life is better when your morning coffee comes fancied up with a swan, skull or picture of genitalia. Which makes us all kinds of excited that the World Latte Art Championships are coming to Melbourne during the Melbourne International Coffee Expo next year.
Here’s some sweet latte art in the making to get you revved up.