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Modern Coffee

22 Sep

Heading across the bay to Oakland, Modern Coffee is right by the 12th Street BART station on the ground floor of Tribune Tower. Modern Coffee is a good name for this place; its hip feel is a stark contrast to the historic building it sits in.

Modern Coffee in Oakland

Modern Coffee in Oakland

This small spot gets busy in waves as downtown Oakland workers seem to take their coffee breaks on the same schedule. If you can grab a table during a lull, however, it’s a good place to get some work done with a good cup of coffee.

Modern Coffee serves several local craft coffee brands, including Sightglass, FourBarrel, and Ecco Caffe, but their prices are reasonable ($3 for a latte). They even offer more than one espresso option at a time, which is rare. They don’t have much food, but you can stave off your hunger with a bagel.

Pluses: San Francisco hipster coffee at Oakland prices

Minuses: small, not many tables, not much food

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Haus

12 Sep

Lunch and Laptop first discovered Haus by thinking it was Sugarlump. Lucky for everyone, though, this little coffee shop a few blocks from the 24th Street BART stop has a personality all its own.

The light, unfinished-wood furniture is simple and a bit Ikea-esque but makes the interior feel roomy and bright. But the real reason Haus caught our eye is the back patio. It takes some finagling to get a shady table (despite a few umbrellas, the space is fairly exposed and that darn sun keeps moving), and patrons occasionally get treated to the crowing of a backyard rooster somewhere nearby, but it’s a great place to sit for a bit and pretend that San Francisco has a summer.

haus patio

Back patio at Haus

When we first started going to Haus, there wasn’t much lunch to go along with all the laptop, but they’ve since cycled through treats including baked goods and savory pies. It may not be the most substantial meal you’ll ever eat while working, but there’s always enough to tide us over.

Pluses: Plenty of outlets inside, nice patio,  solid coffee and espresso drinks

Minuses: Occasional odd and ear-splittingly loud music choices, limited food

M Cafe

18 Aug
M Cafe

M Cafe

M Cafe is a diamond in the rough. And by rough, we mean the rough part of SOMA. Just a couple blocks south of the Civic Center station, M Cafe has empty storefronts and overgrown lots as neighbors.

The Godfather sandwich

The Godfather sandwich

That said, this is a great place to camp out for a long period of time. The owner is super friendly, the sandwiches are delish (try the Godfather with the secret sauce), and there’s hardly anyone there. There are lots of tables next to outlets, and the owner seems happy to have warm bodies in the room.

Pluses: friendly atmosphere, not busy, outlets, good sandwiches, and Greek treats

Minuses: sketchy location

Rodger’s Coffee & Tea

11 Aug
Veggie sausage from Rodger's Coffee & Tea

Veggie sausage from Rodger's Coffee & Tea

Rodger’s Coffee & Tea is a small shop in between two BART stations. They specialize in individually brewed coffees (with more than 25 blends available) and sausages. Yep, you read that right. Haute Doggity sausages (including a veggie sausage), with all the fixings (sauerkraut, mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish, etc.). You may be thinking that coffee and sausages don’t go too well together, and you’re probably right. So we got a coffee first and then followed it up with a sausage.

Small cold-brew coffee with milk (it's a huge small!)

Small cold-brew coffee with milk (it's a huge small!)

Pluses: Sausages, plugs inside, variety of coffee, outdoor seats, reasonable walk from BART, large cold-brew coffees

Minuses: Limited seating, limited food options (if you don’t want sausage, that is)