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Wash & Coffee Is Probably The Most Innovative Laundromat You’ll See

Shouldn't a laundromat be more like a friendly community social spot? Wash & Coffee in Germany think so.

Dave Pinter
Dave Pinter on November 30, 2010. @DavePinter

Wash & Coffee is a new laundromat and social gathering place which opened earlier this year near Munich, Germany. The new laundry and cafe has a clean design and provides lots of amenities for customers. Foremost though they are serious about making sure the process of cleaning clothes is handled well. Wash & Coffee is outfitted with energy efficient programmable washers and dryers from Bosch. They stock sustainably produced detergent products from Persil. The staff is dedicated to answering laundry questions and providing tips to properly care for clothing.

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While laundry is being done, customers can relax in the lounge and order drinks or snacks from the cafe. The cafe offers a menu of coffee and teas. They also serve fresh bagels and salads.

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Wash & Coffee hosts an interesting calendar of events. Recently they’ve had a stand-up comedy night and a Halloween party. They have also participated as a charity drop-off point for winter clothing donations for the needy in Eastern Europe. Anyone who donated was offered a free coffee from the cafe.

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Wash & Coffee have built an interesting online presence, especially for a laundromat. They have a blog which announces upcoming events, a newsletter, and of course social media outreach on Facebook. Laundromats are very much community places but most haven’t evolved in thirty years. It’s interesting to see how Wash & Coffee has transformed the experience from a chore to a comfortable local social spot.

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Photos provided by Wash & Coffee

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