Is there anything better than walking into an unpretentious coffeehouse, seeing great art on the walls and studious cool people meeting and working on laptops, only to have an awesome drink and snack?
There just isn't anything better, so until world peace comes along, you've got Press.
What I especially love about Press is their coffee, or to put it better: their respect for crema and foam. Normally, I order Americanos at the establishments around here because they have no love for crema, the divine beige "cap" that a properly poured espresso shot has, which lasts only seconds and must be combined with streamed milk in order to preserve it. (In the picture above, you can see the beige crema in contrast to the white soymilk.) Most places slosh the crema away like trolls making coffee, but in true coffee-huffer fashion, Press fans it with the soymilk, creating heavenly sips.
Their soymilk is remarkable: fluffy and wholesome, and not too sweet either. I like that there's not an upcharge for soymilk. I always feel like I need to comment on the fact that our government subsidizes dairy milk, and taxpayers are paying for it, and besides that, dairy production is ruining the environment with increased green house gas [methane] production and decreased primary production of oxygen. And why should vegans have to pay more for a more sustainable product? But at Press, I feel like they already know that.
The Kali Mocha was amazing, and was vegan except for honey, which I consume a couple of times per year. I love spices and this was a little spicy: not a kids drink unless you have a bionic child.
The crowd of people is less business and more artists / writers. The baristas are talented and good people, and I find myself wanting to tip them more than any other coffeehouse because they are so nice, which is refreshing. The art on the walls changes over time. It's great, all of it, but some of it is so trippy that I have to look away, rather than be sucked into the abyss of trippyness. Art is commonly sold there, so if you're a local art collector, get your ass down there, and often.
They have a facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Press/158459244195302).
By the way, they are cash-only at the moment and sell coffee beans also.