We spent last week in Ojai, California, where I met my deadlines at Full of Beans, just south of town. They serve locals and tourists good coffee, specialty drinks and lunch either outdoors, on the inviting side porch or in the tree-shaded back courtyard.

Penina’s Ratings
Coffee: Good
Food: Good
Wifi: Mostly good
Ambience/Decor: Cozy and comfortable, with indoor and outdoor seating: outdoor plugs, too
Ambience/Business: Good for solo work and small-to-medium meetings
Service: Friendly, quick
Clientele: Locals and tourists
Bathroom: Clean, with a small shelf for your stuff

Full of Beans, Ojai, California

I was there a few mornings in a row. I started with a good single latte, and later ordered lunch and a tea. The sandwiches and wraps are great. The staff tends to be a little guarded—normal for a place that sees more tourists, but the overall vibe was friendly and relaxed.

The wifi went down one of the days I was there, and unfortunately none of the staff on duty knew how to troubleshoot or do a restart. Most days, though, it was trouble free.

Full of Beans, Ojai
11534 N Ventura Ave
Ojai, CA 93023

Full of Beans, Ojai, California

Full of Beans, Ojai, California

Penina’s Wifi Etiquette

  1. Buy stuff. Do I really need to say this? After seeing otherwise with my own eyes, it turns out I do. My rule of thumb is to buy something about every two hours.
  2. Be gracious. Your two coffees and a scone aren’t doing all that much to pay the rent for the hours you spend in a café. Help make it a friendly, welcoming place so they can attract and keep more customers.
  3. Follow the rules. Busy urban areas limit wifi use because higher costs require them to generate quicker turnover. Sometimes plug placement is limited: if your power cord is a tripping hazard, then don’t use it (or negotiate with the wifier closer in to swap locations so you can charge up).
  4. Be considerate. Go outside to make phone calls.
  5. Be very considerate. Your laptop should not make a sound—not even little beeps: use headphones. Same for the radio you brought to follow the game.
  6. Tip generously. And tip again if you’re there through a shift change.

2 Responses to Café Review: Full of Beans, Ojai

  1. Penina says:

    Hi Muriel,
    I want to emphasize that this is a welcoming and comfortable place. I’m not even sure I should call the My Wifi Life stories “reviews” because I only write about the places I would recommend. There are a few places I’ve been that have really fantastic coffee but were so unfriendly, I would not go back.

  2. Actually I don’t think that the clientele being tourists should cause the staff to be guarded. This day in age when the world of food relies on “yelp” it is important to set a good impression. But the coffee being good is number one reason to come back.

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