I went to the Thirsty Mind today to do some work. It’s located in South Hadley, MA, across the street from Mount Holyoke College. I’ve been hearing about this place for a while, so I was glad to finally visit for a few hours.
I had an iced chai latte – it was good, not exceptional – but the work environment was surprisingly great. The music was obscure enough that it wasn’t catchy and I didn’t know any of the songs (I know, it’s fine…) and the volume was good for reading or working on the computer. There is a lot of natural light (I sat by one of the three large window areas). They also have fast, free wifi.
My only complaint: why are the cold drinks all in throw-away plastic cups?!
If I ever come again, it will be to have a regular (hot) latte. That’s my universal test for coffee shops. If you can’t do that correctly, I have a hard time believing anything else will be good. Actually, here’s my list of tests:
- Coffee: latte
- Italian: fettucini alfredo
- Thai: pad thai
- Sushi: spicy tuna roll
- Ice cream: anything chocolate and coffee
The only exception to my test that I’ve found so far is Starbucks. Their lattes are disgusting (always burnt-tasting, without a rich foam), but those frappuccinos – they get me every time.