On Sunday mornings my wife and I celebrate "Nerd Sunday," a day when we put aside our iProducts and step away from the World Wide Web for a few hours in order to just read. She tends to read mysteries and contemporary fiction while I try to work through the books previously assigned to me in school, which I may or may not (most likely not) have read to completion. A requisite for Nerd Sunday is location, location, location: you need a sturdy table, relaxing music, a selection of good eats, and smooth, caffeine-rich coffee.
The Kahwa Espresso Bar is where we go for the perfect Nerd Sunday. The coffee, expertly pulled by affable baristas, is roasted in St. Petersburg. Their ham and cheese croissant is a local favorite; the mélange of cakes and tarts are a delight; the gluten-free biscotti are perfect for dipping into your latte.
Then there is the vibe. Kahwa is a hub of activity: gossiping college students, teachers grading papers (perhaps the aforementioned college students’), young families having breakfast, artists, businessmen, and cyclists (still dressed in their jerseys after a long ride) all mingle there. You’re just as likely to hear talk about the next project readied for downtown St. Petersburg as you are to hear about last evening’s salacious soirees.
For me though, Kahwa is the ideal place to curl up for a few hours and work my way, page by interminable page, through Joyce.