Yes, you can answer the phone
If you’re alone at the coffee shop and your phone rings, it’s OK to have the conversation without going outside. Of course, you’ll want to keep your voice at a reasonable level. “Also, keep the call as brief as possible and watch the body language of those around you to make sure you’re not bothering anyone,” says Elaine Swann, a lifestyle and etiquette expert in San Diego. “But it’s perfectly fine to take the call. Modern society has created an environment—free Wi-Fi, charging stations—to do this.” Aside from being mindful of your fellow java addicts, here are the 11 ways you can make your coffee habit healthier.
Take long, loud conversations outside
Although most calls are acceptable to take inside a coffee shop, let common courtesy prevail. If circumstances necessitate you raise your voice—such as when speaking through a bad connection —the call is personal, or you plan an extended conversation, it’s proper to move outside. “Respect, honesty, and consideration are the guidelines you should always follow,” she says. A coffee shop isn’t the only place you need to mind your manners—restaurants have etiquette rules too.