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Had a great pre-work surf with a good friend from Dogtown Coffee (DTC) this morning. We were discussing life and how it’s the simple things that matter most. Sitting out in the water patiently waiting for the right wave to come through is about as pure and simple as it gets. No distractions, just you and the water. He mentioned a trip to Costa Rica, where the local’s motto is “Pura Vida,” which translates to “Pure Life.” Pura Vida is more than a motto, it’s a way of life. I think we can all get caught up in the craziness and drama that life creates, but the reality is, we consciously make the decision to think like that. Here’s to making life more simple.

Had a great pre-work surf with a good friend from Dogtown Coffee (DTC) this morning. We were discussing life and how it’s the simple things that matter most. Sitting out in the water patiently waiting for the right wave to come through is about as pure and simple as it gets. No distractions, just you and the water. He mentioned a trip to Costa Rica, where the local’s motto is “Pura Vida,” which translates to “Pure Life.” Pura Vida is more than a motto, it’s a way of life. I think we can all get caught up in the craziness and drama that life creates, but the reality is, we consciously make the decision to think like that. Here’s to making life more simple.

5 Coffee Shops Where You Can Get Work Done in NY

Brought to you by our NY Ambassador, Ana

What makes writing, reading, studying or coding more fun than when you do it at home? Doing it at a coffee shop where you’re surrounded by like-minded New Yorkers trying to get work done while enjoying a flavorful cup of coffee and a tasty pastry. If you’ve been searching high and low across the five boroughs for a laptop-friendly, Wi-Fi-equipped coffee shop with quality coffee served in a classy atmosphere, here are five places you should consider: 

Think Coffee

The name of this chain gives away its most important feature: inspiring New Yorkers who set out to engage in creative thinking. Think Coffee shops across Manhattan are ideal for studying, reading, or writing, particularly the West Village and Greenwich Village locations, where you can enjoy free WiFi, in addition to the fair trade coffee acquired directly from Nicaragua, Brazil, or Southern Ethiopia. They have five locations across the city.
Location and Features:
73 Eight Ave., West Village
Open M-F 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sat-Sun 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; accepts credit cards, Wifi
248 Mercer Street, Greenwich Village
Open M-F 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., accepts credit cards, Wifi

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Cafe Grumpy
This cafe serves exotic blends of coffee including Toarco Toraja from Indonesia, Chire from Ethiopia, Las Flores from Honduras, Maganjo from Kenya, and Heartbreaker Espresso – a blend mixing coffee beans from Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. They will surely inspire you to write great blog posts or papers, or zoom through that philosophy reading. If you’re planning to do work that requires the internet, Greenpoint is the place to be; it’s the only location with Wifi (which also happens to have a roastery).
Location and Features:
193 Meserole Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Open: M-F 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; accepts credit cards, Wifi, roastery

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Birch Coffee
Birch Coffee’s Manhattan locations are ideal for working and studying. Whether you’re in Flatiron District, the Upper West Side or the West Village, you’ll find a shop that will satisfy your needs. For example, you can purchase a quality coffee from Kenya, Honduras with a side of homemade granola and yogurt or egg, cheese, arugula and goat cheese grilled cheese!
Location and Features:
750 Columbus Ave., Upper West Side
Open: Daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; accepts credit cards, Wifi

21 E. 27
th St., Fashion District
Open: M-F 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; accepts credit cards, Wifi

56 7
th
Ave., West Village
Open: Daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; accepts credit cards, Wifi

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters at Ace Hotel
This Portland-based cafe has been serving its New York customers exotic blends of fair trade coffee across the world since Labor Day 2009, when it opened in the lobby of New York’s Ace Hotel.  If you’re feeling adventurous, Stumptown also has a location in Greenwich Village, where you can enjoy public tastings at 2 p.m. 
Location and Features:
18 W. 29th St. image


Open: Daily, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; cash only; WiFi
30 W. 8
th St.
Open: Daily - Espresso 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Brew Bar 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., accepts credit cards, Wifi

R&R Coffee
A coffee shop off the beaten path (unless you’re a regular in the Financial District), R&R Coffee has all the studying or working amenities (coffee, pastries, and Wifi) you may want. It’s also conveniently located five minutes away from South Street Seaport where you can take in the sights of Brooklyn across the water, especially now that the weather is finally getting warmer.
Location and Features:
76 Fulton St.
Open: M-F 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sat 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; accepts credit cards, Wifi

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