My Idea of a Corner Office

Cost effective but ergonomically taxing. 

Window-counter seating at Pachamama Coffee Cooperative.

Window-counter seating at Pachamama Coffee Cooperative.

For about $20 $10 more, I could hang out in the common areas of a coworking space, but I love the opportunities to people watch and overhear conversations here. And the cold brew coffee is fantastic.

Summer 2014 in Retrospect: cold brew coffee

A few more hours and this will be ready to be poured out and refrigerated.

A few more hours and this will be ready to be poured out and refrigerated.

How do you enjoy coffee in 90 or even 100-degree weather comfortably? One way is to drink cold brew coffee, which is what I’ve been doing for much of the summer. Sure, you could buy the stuff from a cafe or even a grocery store, but it’s simple to make, and it’s fun to see what your favorite beans taste like with a different flavor extraction process. The way I’ve been preparing this refreshing coffee drink is by

  1. putting ground coffee in a French press with filtered tap water, and
  2. letting it “brew” at room temperature for about twelve hours, then
  3. pouring the resulting coffee in a container to be stored in the refrigerator.

From there, it’s just a matter of pouring the cold brew into a chilled glass or over ice to enjoy on hot afternoon or warm evening…

My Faves in Portland, OR

The Hoyt Arboretum: an extensive network of trails through an impressive collection of tree specimens; the redwoods are spectacular (take a moment to feel the bark of giant sequoia).

The Portland Japanese Garden: a soothing, meticulously designed and maintained set of horticultural mini-landscapes.

Blue Star Donuts: delicious donuts served up in a crisply minimalist space of glass, metal and wood; it’s like the Apple Store of donut shops.

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Pachamama Coffee: a cozy cafe in Davis, CA

With warm, simple, snug atmosphere of window-facing wooden counters, friendly staff and delicious responsibly sourced coffee, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative Davis is a great place to relax with a mug of coffee.

Pachamama in the afternoon

If you like the offerings of Stumptown or Terroir, Pachamama‘s pour-over coffees are a real treat of fabulous flavors, with tasting notes nicely described for each of their menu items. And if you’d like to brew some at home, a bag of beans can be easily purchased. The only detractor I’ve found is that if you’re sitting at the counter facing First Street, it can be uncomfortably hot and bright in the afternoons when the sun is shining through the otherwise gorgeous, large front window.

If you’re in Davis, California and love freshly brewed coffee, I hope you get a chance to enjoy this cafe!