Welcome to the MILK & Cookies Café!

Grab a cup and have a taste of our CSOFT culture.

A central point of CSOFT culture.

Since its creation, the MILK & Cookies Café has been a place where CSOFTers can gather together to enjoy the familiar tastes of home. Over the past years the Café has become a central point of CSOFT culture. The MILK & Cookies Café attracts employees from all around the office with enticing aromas of freshly-brewed coffee and straight-out-of-the-oven baked goods.

CSOFT’s talented chefs and kitchen staff provide hardworking CSOFTers with literal food for thought, energizing everyone throughout the day in a healthy and balanced way.

ONCE UPON A TIME…

The MILK & Cookies story

When CSOFT called the East Gate Plaza in Beijing’s second ring road home, there was a beautiful space in the office reserved for a library and reading corner. Although simple, it was a place of warmth and comfort. After much discussion, it was decided that a place so special needed an equally distinctive name, and so it was called MILK Café, an acronym of “Making Investment in Learning and Kulture.”

In 2008, CSOFT moved its worldwide headquarters to a complex outside of the fifth ring road called Feizhongxin (非中心). The building, shaped like a water droplet, was occupied exclusively by CSOFT. Lunch breaks were spent outdoors, enjoying BBQs and the occasional diversionary game of ping-pong. Life was good and being secluded from the city had its perks, but the lack of access to restaurants serving diverse foods was taking its toll on the CSOFT team. Looking around their office space, a light bulb went off in the team members’ heads; they began remodeling the kitchen. With the help of Chef Liu, a retired chef with experience cooking in Beijing’s US Embassy, the MILK library was transformed and the sound of clinking pots and pans filled the air as the kitchen sprang into life. A company-wide vote decided the name of their new creation, the MILK & Cookies Café.

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Back in those days, a passionate employee, Meg Navarra, was fascinated by the Café and the possibilities it offered. The Californian native took her Italian roots and appreciation for home-style cooking and integrated them into the corporate culture. She began by organizing an international soup competition. The following nights were long and the kitchen hot, but in the end, the entire office was able to satisfy their taste buds with a variety of soups. The office members all voted and their favorites were featured in CSOFT’s International Winter Soup Cookbook. Under the leadership and guidance of another enthusiastic Executive Assistant, Meg Connelly, the MILK & Cookies Café continued to flourish, providing global team members with the tastes of home that they so craved.

As CSOFT has grown, moved offices and expanded overseas, so too has the Café. With locations in Beijing’s CBD, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and now San Francisco, MILK & Cookies Café has truly become a part and parcel of our culture. Each location looks a little different and has its own style, but the magic of our company values and intentions are promoted across all locations.

At CSOFT, we strongly believe that culture is not just a component of the game, but rather the game itself. We believe in nurturing the power of Ultimate Meili (无限魅力). A staple of CSOFT’s vocabulary, Ultimate Meili is a term used to describe something that attracts, something that leads, and something that shines. It is this concept that shapes our desire to spend every day being trendy (through our cutting-edge and leading technology), being beautiful (through our commitment and ability to deliver top quality products & services) and being successful, which can only be defined through our commitment and service. MILK & Cookies Café is a perfect example of Ultimate Meili—a place of beauty and warmth, made possible thanks to our unwavering commitment and innovative mindset.

Back in those days, a passionate employee, Meg Navarra, was fascinated by the Café and the possibilities it offered. The Californian native took her Italian roots and appreciation for home-style cooking and integrated them into the corporate culture. She began by organizing an international soup competition. The following nights were long and the kitchen hot, but in the end, the entire office was able to satisfy their taste buds with a variety of soups. The office members all voted and their favorites were featured in CSOFT’s International Winter Soup Cookbook. Under the leadership and guidance of another enthusiastic Executive Assistant, Meg Connelly, the MILK & Cookies Café continued to flourish, providing global team members with the tastes of home that they so craved.

As CSOFT has grown, moved offices and expanded overseas, so too has the Café. With locations in Beijing’s CBD, Shanghai, Shenzhen and now San Francisco, MILK & Cookies Café has truly become part and parcel of our culture. Each location looks a little different and has its own style, but the magic of our company values and intentions are promoted across all locations.

At CSOFT, we strongly believe that culture is not just a component of the game, but rather the game itself. We believe in nurturing the power of Ultimate Meili (无限魅力). A staple of CSOFT’s vocabulary, Ultimate Meili is a term used to describe something that attracts, something that leads and something that shines. It is this concept that shapes our desire to spend every day being trendy (through our cutting-edge and leading technology), being beautiful (through our commitment and ability to deliver top quality products & services) and being successful, which can only be defined through our commitment and service. MILK & Cookies Café is a perfect example of Ultimate Meili—a place of beauty and warmth, made possible thanks to our unwavering commitment and innovative mindset.

MILK & Cookies is a brand name specialty café and an official trademark of CSOFT International.
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