On any given day you can walk into Break Espresso and witness a sea of students and business folks, flanked by mugs of coffee and pastries, peering at their laptops and textbooks. One table discusses the historical events leading to the Wilderness Act. Another group debates Led Zeppelin’s impact on current music. Several strangers share one long table, quietly typing away until two of them start up a casual conversation and finally exchange phone numbers. Those who spend enough time at Break Espresso often refer to “The Break” as their office. Regulars learn how to beat the crowds for the their table of choice, and on especially crowded days it’s a battle to find a spot at all. The cozy, brick-walled spot offers the kind of tactile networking experience that no online site could ever replicate.
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