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I am a Gemini. Although I think the emerald is beautiful, I consider the coffee bean my birthstone.
Lots of us find ourselves here. On those days where hanging out in yoga pants with your cat crawling all over your laptop just won’t do. You need to get some serious work done on that almost-due-assignment or put some finishing touches on those creative projects that will hopefully launch you into the Big Time. You need a place that is relaxed, yet laptop friendly and with stimulants at an arms reach. The coffee shop workspace is a first step for many entrepreneurs when they barely have the funds for that second Americano, much less, office space rent.
What to get: Dirty Chai
I love Dinosaur Coffee for its overhead natural light. It makes the shop feel huge and they certainly know how to make the best use of the space. The coffee bar is situated in the middle of the room with bar seating all around, as well as at the front windows. You can get fresh made sandwiches or a variety of majorly delicious pastries. Dinosaur is defiantly the trendiest of all the shops on this list, but it does make for a good workspace. Lots of parking in the back is a plus.
Wifi: No, but I got on the McDonald’s wifi with no problem
What to get: Drip coffee in a signature “Fuck It” mug
What to get: The Figueroa
70 S. Raymond Ave.
Copa Vida is a lively little spot in the heart of Old Town Pasadena that makes for a good workspace or meeting place. The large main room can be a bit bustling, but it has nice lighting and offers some communal spaces and individual tables. A back room is more quiet and dark and you will often find laptop warriors hard at work. In my opinion, the baristas here are top notch; I usually go with a cappuccino and whatever the daily kombucha offering is. They also have an avocado toast that is made with the freshest crusty bread and weighs as much as your arm.
What to get: Cappuccino, daily kombucha, baked eggs
If home is still where your heart is when working, I totally get that too! Sometimes, nothing beats the extra coziness of a familiar place, with total control over your environment. Plus, you probably save money on a pot of coffee from your own kitchen. Top Reveal has a great article on creating your own coffee table spaces in an inovative way. Check it out here.