Unassuming cafe across the street from the Office Max--Vroman's complex on Colorado. I had been watching this space since "Cafe 5060" popped up at the new Archstone complex there... which was soon covered over by a tarp banner for Metropolitan Cafe. I'll spare you the narrative and give you a list...
-- beautiful large well decorated space with a mix of tables and reclining chairs... clearly a lot of $$ went into the interior of this place
-- free wifi
-- usually pretty quiet to study in
-- free parking
-- decent espresso, large selection of teas
-- nibbles range from pastries and cakes to granola bars and fruit (I think they're courting students here)
-- service can be irritatingly unprofessional... this place is a family biz and the college-age son and daughter man the counter. I'm not too keen on ordering from someone wearing huge goofy sunglasses indoors or listening to iPods or checking up on mySpace... but I do understand their hours are long
-- dubious commercial origins of some of the baked goods... like the muffins I'm almost certain are from Costco, they look like costco and i've seen them unwrapping a flat of them. Not that Costco muffins are that terrible but I just don't want to pay a markup on a costco muffin, feel free to disagree with me
Overall, I do recommend this place to anyone who wants to get some work done in a coffee shop. It's consistently the quietest one I've been to (people come singly with laptops) and there's a lot of table space. Prices are on-par with most independent places. As far as for the special cachet feeling you get from a quaint coffee shop... still waiting for a perfect one in Pasadena... meanwhile I will continue dropping into the smaller places in Pas and So Pas for that...and going west when I can...
716 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA