Drinking a cup of coffee is more than just ingesting a dark, toasty liquid. It's holding a cup in your hands, inhaling the steam as it wafts over the scalding beverage and mulling it around in your mouth before letting it warm you from the inside out.
Java enthusiasts have their own sacred rituals when it comes to coffee; no way is right or wrong.
But if you enjoy your coffee in a coffeehouse accompanied by a live band or vocal performer, that comforting cup of joe becomes only a small piece of a larger routine.
Here are just a few of the Sonoma County coffee shops where you can enjoy a side of creativity with your cappuccino:
A'Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square is a place where you can find your mom and her knitting group sitting at a table directly next to a group of artfully decorated young hipsters.
During the day, it's the meeting place for a variety of folks. At night, the tables are cleared from the corner to make room for a microphone, amp and performers.
The coffeehouse generally invites musicians to perform on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 11 p.m., with genres ranging from folk to jazz and everything in between.
Tonight they welcome Brazilian jazz band Organix. On Saturday, acoustic pop band, Bee Rays, will take the mic.
A'Roma Roasters is at 95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. Their website is aromaroasters.com
Aqus Café has endeared itself to many Petaluma coffee lovers looking for a place to unwind.
Its patio welcomes polite pooches and their humans who are looking for a quiet space to relax. Inside is cozy, the ambience warm and friendly.
Owner John Crowley has gone out of his way to keep the establishment part of the community, and his efforts have paid off. The result is a wide variety of entertainment throughout the week, including trivia, comedy, live music and more.
Tonight's entertainment is from the rock band, Dictator Tots from 7-9 p.m. On Saturday is old-time music from Brooke & The Caterpillars and New Old-Time Music from 7-9 p.m.