Located at 3600 Portola Dr. in Santa Cruz is one of my favorite coffee spots! Being someone who spends a decent amount of time sitting in coffee shops, there are a couple of things I like to consider when scoping out a new cafe. 1: Aesthetic - really how cute is the spot? 2: Coffee - obviously has to taste good. 3: Local - extra points for not being a chain. 4: Availability of wall plugs - may sound silly, but when I can't plug in my ancient laptop then there's going to be a problem. Cat & Cloud scores high on every level! The small spot is just blocks from the beach and is full of colorful art. The people who work there are incredibly friendly. I have been going there since we moved to the area and have never had a negative experience.
You can either sit inside in their airy seating area or outside where they have a beautifully decorated patio. Though it is right on a busy street, the planters boxes make a partition so that you can focus on your book or on visiting with those friends you haven't seen in forever. Scoring an 8/10 on the Amani scale, I would definitely reccomend giving Cat & Cloud a try if you're ever in the area.