430 E 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410340.760582 -111.878900
Neighborhoods: Central City
Open Later or As Late As Bars and Clubs – Salt Lake City tends to be a city that officially closes early, but the Salt Lake Coffee Break is often open to 2 or 3 am. Free wireless internet access. A broad range of people and languages. But admittedly, most of the time, you can make better coffee at home. Their food is much better than their coffee.
Horrible – I have been here on and off for the past few years. And this place is going downhill. The employees are not trained well and are rude. The owner must clearly not care about his business as his customer service is absolutely horrible. The coffee is overpriced and consistently tastes burned. You'd think, even if your product isn't good, you'd try to make up for it in customer service/atmostphere. There literally are very few positives abou this place. Don't waste your time... Salt Lake Roasting Company or Starbucks will leave with with a much happier attitude.
An angry owner who treats customers with disdain and berates his employees openly drives people away – The people I meet at the place are generally friendly. But unfortunately the owner of this shop is angry & mean - in my direct first hand experience. If you observe the employees over time you'll notice one of two states with them: either aloofness, or brewing anger & unhappiness. You may wonder why this is - until you see the owner openly berate and tear down an employee. A few months ago this place threw out some gay people. There was a subsequent large protest. Then the owner apologized to the gay people. I'm not gay but I support the right of people to be who they are. In any case, even today though, you see one of two states with the employees as noted.
There is also often loud music playing. If you ask that it be turned down, they always refuse. Also there are some couches in the back. Yesterday when my group moved a couch from one part of the back room to another so that more of our group could sit comfortably, the owner stormed in and angrily demanded that we move the couch back - and that we needed to instead sit on the hard school-style chairs in the corner.
Maybe they don't like couches moved, but at the very least they could provide some chairs with cushions.
So it's one thing after another with this place. Employees openly berated by the boss in front of customers. Disgruntled and angry employees. Overly loud blaring music that they refuse to turn down. An angry owner who storms around ordering customers around & micro-managing their actions. It all makes for a very bad & negative atmosphere.
Avoid this place. Don't give the owner any money. Bad business is bad business. And an angry owners drive people away. I've had enough with this place.
I may meet some of my friends there in the future, but not one dime is going to pass out of my wallet into the register of this place - not ever again.
Bad Coffee – Coffee Break is never known for their coffee and there's a reason for that. Their coffee is BAD and the baristas apparently are NOT trained at all. I went there a couple of times with friends and the drinks were always bad. I ordered a latte once and it was so bitter I had to buy a couple shots of vanilla in it to make it more drinkable... I had to throw away the drink after all because it was so horrible.
This place does open late and it has become a teen hangout. It gets very noisy at night because of all the teenagers. I won't call this place a coffee shop any more.
For coffee that is always availible – Coffee Break is one of the best late night destinations in Salt Lake, though I have yet to see it be closed at any time of the day. The atmosphere is casual and easy going, its a location where you can grab your mocha and sit on one of the worn couches for hours talking. The coffee is good, not incredible but definately above average. The barristas are always friendly and helpful. The array of people that come in are a very diverse mix, which just adds to the appeal of the shop. There is alot of parking, not all of it really close by. Overall its worth it to stop in for some coffee and to take in the ambiance of the shop.
Never go back again... – This place is loud, overpriced, and the owners do not care about their customers. One afternoon, I was reading at the coffee shop. The employeees were playing obnoxious music really loudly. I kindly asked if they could turn down the volume. They laughed at me. One turned around and told all the other employees and they all laughed. I asked to speak with the owner. The owner came out and pretty much said, "too bad." He clearly does not care about business. I would never go back again and would go out of my way to tell everyone I know to stay away...
If it's not your scene..... – I think that all of the diversity in SLC makes SLC what it is! Punks, Emo's, Drunks, people with all kinds of addictions are just walking around like an open book at this place it's pretty great! Another steeping stone to making the rest of the United States hate Utah less. Good Job! Food rocks, like the little Med store inthe back that puts a spin on things. It's cool, and it's open late thanks
Pricey cup of Joe! – Double espresso costs $2.75! Ouch. That's worse than New York, San Francisco, Paris and Rome. Without the atmosphere.
A comfortable spot on busy 4th South for Middle Eastern munchies or a midnight snack. – The Scene
The dining room with widely spaced tables and a casual feel makes this a popular study spot for U. students seeking off-campus fare. In the warmer months, the patio offers a nice alternative to the many fast-food restaurants on this busy strip.
Skip the ordinary sandwiches listed on the board and go for the specialties. The Mediterranean plate offers a sampling and is big enough to share unless you're ravenous. Perfectly fried falafels are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside with a spicy undertone. Silky hummus, subtly flavored with garlic, is served with warmed pita wedges for scooping. Delicately flavored mujadara--a fluffy lentil and rice mixture--has a hint cinnamon. Each of these items can be ordered a la carte for a more manageable portion. The deli case holds tempting cakes, tortes and other sweets--the perfect accompaniment to a rich cup of coffee.
As the first time I visited the states, I liked to see how citizens look like, act... So the best place I found to know all that was the sl coffee break, because the place was crowded with many people of different types. Also there were people from all around the world and they all were so friendly (even once I knew someone then we became friends and he took me in a motor ride between the canyons). And that helped me from homesickness.
The whole stuff was great and cool. I wish them the best.
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