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Coffee, WiFi, and inspiration

Local cafes can provide a strong dose of caffeine, free WiFi, and power to help you write, code, or troubleshoot. The best cafes have comfortable tables, quality coffee and espresso, and talented baristas.

The west cost of the United States is lucky to have quality work-friendly cafes. Below are my favorite work spots from Seattle to San Francisco.

  1. Espresso Vivace signEspresso Vivace Alley 24 in Seattle combines famous espresso with over 2000 square feet of work space. The staff is friendly and the manager Brian is very friendly to the beduin office crowd by providing both sweet and savory food items. Espresso Vivace even has a small glass-enclosed room in the back for extra quiet while surrounded by available power outlets. Parking is ample, and I-5 is just a few blocks away to take you to your next meeting.
  2. Stumptown AnnexStumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland imports some of the best coffee beans available including a few Cup of Excellence winners prepared in a $8000 Clover single cup coffee brewer. I enjoy the exposed brick walls and the variety of local non-coffee drinks available such as Jones Soda.
    Tip: All espresso drinks are priced as single shots, so be sure to up your dosage as you order larger-sized drinks.
  3. Ritual Coffee RoastersRitual Coffee Roasters in San Francisco was designed as a laptop-friendly cafe for coffee aficionados. The 1000 square-foot space has power outlets at every table, two wireless access points. The coffee is flown in several times a week from Stumptown Coffee Roasters and prepared by award-winning professional baristas.
    Tip: T-Mobile customers have reported weak cellphone reception within the cafe. Power outlets are turned off on the weekend to allow higher turnover.

29 Responses to “Coffee, WiFi, and inspiration”

  1. We order coffee through the web and prefer Javaberry now. It’s simply good quality coffee with nice smooth taste. As far as I know the secret of this famous coffee is a procedure of roasting. A producer follows the ancient recipe and uses the modern equipment.

  2. At home or not, coffee is the unofficial official fuel of choice for the “Non-traditional” worker.

    There’s still 19 percent of us Americans making it at home, though.

    But then, I never get the froth quite right.

  3. Two things: one, I can’t read most of this because it’s grey text on black (I’m on firefox 1.03, PC – xp

    two, was just at RRoasters, and the wireless has improved magnificently. Yes, the powerplug thing on weekends (just sat & sun) does limit you to your battery + spare life.

    great new blog Om!

  4. Going a little east from California, I bring you Arizona Coffee which has a huge list of all of the coffee shops in Arizona with free wireless internet. I run the site and this is shameless self promotion. But I dig this webworkerdaily and I’m gonna subscribe to the rss feed.

  5. Finding a good coffee shop in Seattle is not challenging – between Top Pot, Victrola, Vivace, Vita, Joe Bar, Bauhaus, Fuel, and the rest it’s difficult *not* to find a place suited to working. Not even going to mention the central library.

    Find me a decent spot in Manhattan and I’ll be impressed. The locals here haven’t quite figured it out.

  6. Jacqui Maher

    I agree with Narendra. I could see this leading to a ratings system for wifi coffeehouses.

    With that, I’d like to put my vote in for Ritual. I love that cafe, and I spend a fair amount of time working on my laptop there.

  7. Great idea guys. The mobile office is now, more than ever becoming a reallity. How about featuring more about the tools needed for a virtual office like:

    1) Online Workforce Collaboration Suites, do they work? who uses them?
    2) Hosted PBX Vendor comparison
    3) Online video conference/ workspace sharing tools, are they usefull?