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In Palm Springs, we thank goodness for Koffi

Koffi's coffee is very good, especially with a slice of quiche. (Leslie Kelly)
Koffi's coffee is very good, especially with a slice of quiche. (Leslie Kelly)

When you're working remotely on the road, strong WiFi is essential. As much as we adore the Happy Traveler in Palm Springs, the signal at the park is as weak as a newborn kitten. 

That's actually true of many of the places we've stayed on our grand tour. So, that's why we spend a fair amount of time working in libraries and coffee shops. We're very fond of Starbucks, for the strong Pike Place drip and as a place to plug in. 

Yet, we also enjoy checking out the local coffee roasters around the country. In Palm Springs, Koffi is the spot.

True, it might be a bit of a challenge to snag a table, especially during the busy morning rush. But once settled in, there’s that delicious rush of caffeine and internet access that makes everything seem possible.

Last week, when working on a story on deadline, the WiFi at the park went wonky, so I hoped on my bike and busted a move to the nearest Koffi. An hour later, my story on the Palm Springs International Film Festival was published. 

I celebrated with a slice of very good veggie quiche and a deep dive onto my neglected social media sites. Maybe I should have spent some time researching how to improve my WiFi access.

When talking with fellow travelers, we’ve learned they often have their own WiFi setup. Hot spots are linked to their cell phone companies. Again, we’re behind the curve on that front because Sprint’s coverage is so hit and miss. When’s that merger with T-Mobile going to happen anyway? That might lead to some improved connectivity.

Until then, you’ll likely find us working at the coffee house. What’s your strategy for working remotely? Hit us up at and we’ll share suggestions.

Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.