430 E 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410340.760582 -111.878900
Neighborhoods: Central City
I love this place--mostly because it's open at least two hours later than its counterparts and I can work here long enough to complete a project, but partly because of the ownership's willingness to hang local art and notifications (posters) on its walls and partly because of the warm ambience of wood tables and red and yellow walls. I do wish that when very courteous and *appreciated* patrons turn in whatever I have accidentally left or dropped (as happens to me way too often), the staff would keep it (in this case, a pack of cigarettes) at the counter instead of throwing it or giving it away or something. But (sigh) where else can I work with the energy of bustling people around me (fighting lethargy) and rarely know the languages filling the house (i.e., backgrounding the place with musicality instead of tempting me to listen in, against my better will, on conversations)?
I just gave Salt Lake Coffee Break a 'Recommend' at Citysearch
I just dont go there cause its a meat market :) – I like everything about this place, and no one has ever been rude to me, but there are just too many damn people!!! and every time I go in I dont get any work done cause people are constantly staring!!! but great coffee great food, the owners are great... people of utah change your attitude!
Very rude service – This place has really declined!
I started going to Salt Lake Coffee Break about two years ago. The first time I went was pretty nice except the prices were rather high and the bathroom was gross. I noticed there are a lot of people here trying to get noticed but I suppose that's the same with any coffee shop.
Every time I went there after though, it got a little worse. And tonight was the worst time of all. (March 12th 2011)
First of all, it seems like the prices are raised .50¢ every time I go. That's insane. Coffee, especially the coffee I get, is not that expensive to make.
2nd, how difficult is it to hire a part time janitor that cleans the bathrooms? Just cleans the bathrooms. They always smell HORRID.
And finally, the EXTREMELY rude staff.
I was waiting in line for a moment, then ordered what I wanted. I always make sure to bring friends to local businesses to boost business. Even if I have to pay myself, I make sure that everyone I bring orders at least one thing. I ordered a Chai tea and turned to my friend who was thinking what he wanted. The woman behind the counter was VERY rude and began to rush us. My friend then turned to his friend and asked what she wanted. When she attempted to order, the woman practically ignored her. And finally, when we turned to our last friend to order she started helping someone else. Once again we tried to order and she had an attitude, asking us if we had ordered yet. I dismissed this, simply chalking it up to a late night shift and a grouchy staff but later on, when I asked for a sandwich, that was sitting right behind the glass mind you (Several pre made sandwiches were) I was told the kitchen was closed and she refused me service. VERY rude red headed female. Because of this, I will NEVER go back. They can keep their mediocre drinks and rude staff, I'm not interested anymore. Thank you very much.
unsightly restrooms – The mens restroom could use some upkeep. A hook to hang your coat would be most helpful.
Horrible owner – So I been wanting to do this for a long time but I have been putting this off for a long time but Now I think it is time that I speak out about Salt Lake Coffee Break and it's owner Mahmoud this man has no respect for his customers or the people that work for him he is one of the most horrible and worst owners I have ever seen he makes a bad atmosphere for his coffee shop and not to say the coffee there is not good at all and it is way over priced you can make better coffee at home. I will be updating this Review at a later time so keep your eyes open for it and I do ask that you speak out if you have been there and seen some of the horrible behavior that the owner MAHMOUD has showmen Thank You for you time.
Been wanting to write a review but.... – I have been putting off writing a review in hopes that things might actually improve at the Break, but alas, I was being way too optimistic. I noticed all the recent reviews have been negative and the best reviews were from 6 years ago. What is up with that?
Anyhow, I have lived and worked in the area since 2004, and have always enjoyed stopping into the Break. Today's adventure to the Break prompted me to write a review. I've had better coffee at Maverick, and I've had better service just about everywhere. The female barista working today is just so unfriendly and makes me want to NEVER spend my money there again. In the past, I've had baristas roll their eyes at me for a 50 cent tip (I only get brewed coffee). Today, I said hello, she said nothing, I asked for a Guatemalan, large, she asked if I wanted ice. You get the picture. Again, this time a 75 cent tip because I was in a generally good mood. Again, no thank you, nothing. If the staff working at the Break are so miserable, please take your misery somewhere else where I don't have to see it. With economic problems in this country, and spending $2 or more on coffee, I am no longer in the mood to tip unfriendly, un-motivated, and cranky baristas. That goes for anybody else where you work behind a counter and have to put up a tip jar. If you want change in the jar, at least be nice to your customers.
On the other hand, the manager/owner at the Break has generally been nice to me. On one occassion, I only had a debit card and I didn't know their machine was down. The owner printed up the receipt for me and I went back later to pay in cash. I appreciated that.
Generally though, I have tried very hard to avoid the place.
Overpriced, mean owner – SLCB has a strange atmosphere. It is more like a bar, especially at night. It's a really popular coffee shop with a lot of different people, so people clearly only go there for that purpose. As the past reviews on here have stated, that's the only reason to go to SLCB. Their food and baked goods aren't exactly do die for, nor is their coffee. When I first started going here, it was because a girl who worked at night made an amazing iced green tea, but alas, she was not there for very long. I've known three different girs who have worked at SLCB (and they are all really pretty, eerily like another review) and say that they thought it would be fun to work there because they chill there all the time. Unfortunately, the owner of SLCB is not a very nice person, not even to his customers. When I used to go there, he was floating around the facility a lot, and always gave me dirty looks. I'm not sure why he doesn't like me, I'm a pretty mild-mannered person. Finally one evening, I used the men's washroom because they are single locking ones, and naturally the women's had a line. When I came out the owner kicked me out for it. I can understand doing that to a man who used the women's, but why kick out a loyal customer who actually went willingly into your filthy man's washroom, when I really really had to go? I worked at the Subway across the street for a while, and one day he came in with a friend, he pointed at me and said "that girl always wears red!" like it was a bad thing. He comes in every once in the while, and is always a terrible customer. I don't understand why he treats his clientele so distastefully; after all, we are the ones paying for the clothes on his back. People say writing bad reviews is slander, but I think it's more of a public service announcement to take your business somewhere else! I go to Alchemy Coffee in Sugarhouse now, it has a more "cozy" atmosphere, and they make an awesome chai.
WORST OWNER EVER. . . BAD COFFEE. . . UNDERPAID WORKERS – First, Salt Lake City Coffee Break has the worst owner. He is rude to everyone that comes in, and has stereotypes for who is allowed in HIS coffee shop. The dude needs to go home and chill, he needs to hire a manager to do the job he isn't cut out for. He has a habit of kicking out kids; and yes some of them need to go, but a few I have seen go there for years he is finally kicking out for no reason at all. (Jon ??????)
He pays his workers minimum wage and they work their tales off for him, while he just yells at them. He fires workers for no reason, and has a tendency to hire only girls he thinks are pretty. I don't blame him that's something I would do, but I'm young. He is old and that seems a little creepy to me.
Finally, Coffee Break's coffee is far from good. They serve better coffee at the local 7 eleven, there coffee is simply a joke. People don't go there for the coffee though, they go there for the enviroment. It seems that that will slowly perish as well, with the owner kicking everyone out. Eventually his stereotype of people will grown and less people will end up at coffee break.
Mammud needs to loosen up, treat his employees better, leave his shop once in awhile, Stop being such a creeper, and stop buying the costco coffee that you get in bulk!!!
Too much hype – This coffee shop gets too much hype for its quality. I think there are much better places to get coffee in Salt Lake City that don't have such an intense presence of hipsters and smokers. They have horrible bakery items.
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