A mist of innovation

Today is a hot day in Melbourne 34 degrees celsius or 93.2 degrees fahrenheit. It seems though it is never too hot to retail coffee in our fair city of Melbourne. Looking for a java fix I quickstepped down to the nearest caffeine haunt in docklands. I happened upon a new outfit called Cafenatics. Their coffee and food were both good. Their outdoor air conditioning was the total bomb. I freaking loved it.

They had set up a nice water misting system in both their outdoor dining area and even inside. It was just perfectly soft so that you didn’t feel wet, just cooled down. So amazing, I tweeted about it, posted in on Foursquare and even made the effort to write this and share some pictures of it (below). A simple idea I’ve never seen before.

The thing I like just as much is that this is clearly not a new technology…. the Romans probably invented it. Proving again that innovation is an attitude and there are probably a thousand low cost ways any of us could employ tomorrow to wow people. This certainly got me talking.


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The curious thing is that, their coffee is what I came for, and their mist cooling system is the story I left with.



  1. These things are all over Europe and I’m surprised that they’ve taken so long to get to Australia. I used to go searching for cafes which had these mystifiers and wouldn’t stop at any that didn’t. They’re awesome!

  2. Hey Steve, this place is awesome. However, i haven’t really got a chance yet to be there. I loved this line of yours “The curious thing is that, their coffee is what I came for, and their mist cooling system is the story I left with”.. hats off. Thanks for sharing

  3. All around the hot parts of the US. In Qld they weren’t allowed when there was drought – was probably the same in other states. Now that we have unlimited desal water, at a price, must be all OK…

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