Though the spot seemed to be a longshot when it opened, Holy Roast has become my living room away from, well, my living room.

Opened in 2007 by Wayne Conley, this cozy java joint has a daily lineup of regulars ranging from Highway Patrol officers to bleary-eyed Press Democrat reporters, orange-vested city employees and, well, pretty much anyone who works north of Fifth Street in downtown Santa Rosa.

What works? Friendly and competent baristas, fresh morning pastries and solid noon-time salads and sandwiches from Pearson & Co.

Clearly someone upstairs is looking out for Holy Roast because the coffee and the company is divine.

Holy Roast, 490 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707.523.3137