I love getting in a great workout before I hit the grind behind my desk at work, but an early start means to survive the day I need coffee. Seriously, without a decent cup in my system by 8:30 I turn into some strange zombie/human hybrid; not pretty. Fortunately for you and everyone else I might come into contact with throughout the day there is Red Rock Coffee on Castro Street. If you like fancy drinks they have you covered, but I think the true mark of good coffee is when I can drink it black and here that isn’t a problem. It is always expertly prepared, tasty and served in a timely manner.
On the weekend this is a great place to sit and look smart while reading a book because they offer comfy seating, free wifi (with purchase, of course) and a laid-back vibe. This is not your pretentious New York coffee shop; it is very California and thus cool. Also, it’s right on Castro Street in the hub of downtown Mountain View so it’s a great jumping off point for a day of shopping, dining and social schmoozing. Who doesn’t love that? Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but good coffee is probably close on their heels.