My wife and I have enjoyed exploring the lively coffee-shop scene in the Twin Cities since moving here five years ago. (See my numerous reviews on the Kinda Different blog.) We like to find a new coffee place, seek out the most comfortable seating there, order coffee and whatever food is on offer, connect to the Wi-Fi, and settle in with our laptops for a good long visit. We have missed all that in this shelter-at-home era.
So Katharyn had a great idea. She picked up a couple of cans of cold roast on a shopping expedition – a Peet’s “black and white” iced espresso and a Dunkin’ Donuts iced latte. Twice now we have set up laptops at the kitchen table, split one of the procured drinks, dished up some croissants, and enjoyed an in-house version of our erstwhile coffee-shop connoisseurship. Katharyn found a mix of “coffee shop music” on YouTube. The Wi-Fi at home, backed by gig fiber from CenturyLink, is superior to anything we have encountered in the field; but the seating here is not as long-term comfortable as that at some of our favorite establishments. But the in-house coffee shop has the distinct advantage of a cat in residence.