I recently visited the Coffee Commissary in Los Angeles (West Hollywood), and decided to give it the Business Meeting Test by meeting a client here.
My latte was excellent. I also enjoyed a very good vegetable turnover. Counter service was friendly and quick.
Wifi: Effortless, solid
Ambience/Decor: Airy; a combination of cozy and open seating arrangements
Ambience/Business: Good for solo work and small meetings
Service: Friendly, quick
Clientele: Locals, young professionals
Bathroom: Clean, a table for your stuff
All the indoor seats were occupied by wifiers and book readers, which was a great sign: people can come here to simply relax with a cup of coffee. Since the weather was Southern California Perfect, we sat outdoors. There are no outside plugs and it was a little confusing to discover we’d strayed into the seating area of the neighboring café, but we weren’t pressured to move. It could be because we were between the busiest times. I loved that the patio is effectively and comfortably separated from Fairfax Blvd.’s noise and dust by a landscaped divider.
801 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
info (at) coffeecommissary dot com (no telephone number provided)
Penina’s Wifi Etiquette
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Be considerate. Go outside to make phone calls.
- 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.
- Tip generously. And tip again if you’re there through a shift change.
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