There are many reasons for visiting coffee houses besides grabbing a latte: people-watching, a respite from your office and, of course, free Wi-Fi. Beyond those, more and more shops are adding official meeting rooms, building off the need for more private, yet informal, areas for people to gather. Take a look at these five java joints around the country ahead of the trend.
>> It’s only appropriate for the birthplace of Starbucks to have a spectacular coffee shop/meeting space hybrid. Find it at Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room (shown) in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It doesn’t come cheap (packages start at $10 per person minimum, plus room rental fees), but you can supplement your meeting with a tour and tasting experience inside the roaster.
>> Owner Heather Riney of Atmalogy in Nashville says she was one of the first to pioneer the concept of meeting space inside a coffee shop when she opened her business three years ago. Atmalogy’s unique model includes six rooms accommodating from three to 75 people, each with its own cozy furniture and decor.