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.
- Espresso 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.
- Stumptown 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.
- Ritual 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.