The Geeks speak with Ken Botelho, owner and operator of Caffe Bene in Santa Cruz, about Coffee and high-speed Internet.
In the end of the last decade the Internet boon gave us horrible things like Netscape 4.7 and some semi good things like Internet Cafes. I am happy to see the demise of Netscape 4.7 and pleased as peach to see the re-emergance of the Internet Cafe.. in it’s healthy form: Like the latest Internet Browsers the new Internet Cafe is a redefinition of the form. Traditional Cafes are ushering in an added service to their customers: Free Internet Access. But this service is an added perk – not the main ingredeant to a healthy coffee shop.
Caffe Bene, located at 1101 Cedar Street in downtown Santa Cruz, has been
in operation for 16 years. In June of 2004 Bene doubled it’s size,
threw in a couple of computers open to customers and opend up a
free wireless (802.11 b and g) pipe to the Internet.