The winner: Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave.
Visit Smokey Row any time of day and the large coffee house will be full of people typing on laptops, their papers spread over the table. With several large tables, and the ability to pull together smaller ones, it’s an ideal place for group studies or business meetings. There’s also a meeting room for more intimate gatherings. The relaxed atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling windows make it a warm, sunny, inviting place for getting several tasks checked off your to-do list.
The Village Bean, 305 E. Fifth St.
The Bean attracts plenty of regulars for quick meetings, study groups and to catch up on work. Smaller than Smokey Row, the cozy space offers a quieter spot to work.
Amici, 206 Sixth Ave.
Amici has become a hub of startup/tech activity, with Silicon Prairie types collecting on this ground-floor java spot. Show up to your meeting a few minutes early and snag a comfy leather chair in the back.