I know there’s a special contingent of readers who visit coffee houses primarily to get work done. I’ve been a member of this class in the past — I admit to having been a laptop warrior in the past, it’s a big reason I started this site. So I think I know enough about what makes a good workplace. With that in mind, what are some of your favorite places to get work done? The key criteria that make a place good to work at: Comfortable chairs and good solid work surfaces Electrical outlets near tables, and lots of them Free wireless internet that’s fast Real food, not just pastries What’s even more important is location and casual atmosphere. The last thing I need is to feel like I’m hogging a table. Some of my favorite places may not be your favorites. For example, I was visiting a coffee shop in Scottsdale the other day, and the music of the hour was heavy metal, and the volume was a 7 on the 11 scale. I just couldn’t focus, and left after an hour. But, there are lots of people who can focus in an environment like that and so more power to them. So, what are your favorite coffee shops to work out of? Are most coffee shops these days friendly to laptop warriors?