By Jane E. Brody

June 12, 2017

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Hurray for the HotBlack Coffee cafe in Toronto for declining to offer Wi-Fi

to its customers. There are other such cafes, to be sure, including seven of

the eight New York City locations of Café Grumpy. 


But it’s HotBlack’s reason for the electronic blackout that is cause for

hosannas. As its president, Jimson Bienenstock, explained, his aim is to get

customers to talk with one another instead of being buried in their portable