If you are looking for a great cup of coffee and a place to land with your laptop while in Buffalo, definitely check out Spot Coffee while you are there. This one is on Elmwood Ave, just down the block from Penzey's Spices.
The atmosphere is funky and fun. The Elmwood location is an old grocery store.
The crowd tends to be younger and the place is noisy, but the coffee is great and we hear the food is, too.
Sarah got us hooked on Spot coffee when she brought us a pound of freshly ground beans as a housegift. Now we stop and buy some to take home whenever we visit her. They give you an empty bag which you then fill with your selection from this bank of beans. They grind it for you to your specifications.
It's great coffee. I have been a fan of Peet's for many years, and used to mail-order it until Wegman's started carrying it, but Spot has Peet's (and Starbuck's and Dunkin Donuts) beat, as far we are concerned. Mostly because Spot is not bitter, yet richly flavored. And it's from New York!