1019 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA | Directions 9103034.114740 -118.156334
Daily 7:30am - 10:00pm
Neighborhoods: San Marino
Great for a pipe smoke, at best – The location rocks! But the coffee sucks. I just wrote about them on my blog: COFFEEwithChuck (won't allow full urls here).
It's still worth it for me to visit, once every few months - just to get out of the house. But I'd recommend just getting a juice or something. and enjoying the outdoor seating. ;-)
Happy Experience – I've visited Kaldi's with my brother three times and will be returning again. The staff I encountered were very pleasant and helpful. Our drinks were perfect. Great atmosphere!
Poor Attitudes! Weak coffee! – I gave them the benefit of the doubt, by visiting 3 times, and each experience more unpleasant than the last. Owner please tell the staff to fix the attitudes. They don't have to be phony or anything, but a little interest in service and their customers would be fine. I mean I'm an easy customer - Black Coffee!!!
Hostile employees! Avoid this place! – It's a cute place in a great location, but the people who work there are so weird and incredibly hostile! I mean they aren't just disinterested and sullen - they are outright HOSTILE! I was in there getting a cup of coffee, and a woman pushing a baby in a stroller came in and asked where she could find an ATM. They told her to go to a location about 6 blocks away. When I was leaving I saw there was a small ATM right next to the door! I put my card in and it was working just fine. What the heck was THAT all about? Baby-haters maybe? Poor distracted mother! I'll never go there again. Go to Nicole's Gourmet Food a block west down El Centro instead. The food is better and the service is great.
Its all about the patio. – The coffee is terrible and the baked goods are sub-par, buts lets face it, that doesn't stop South Pasadena's hip generation of twenty-something socialites from flocking to this neighborhood hot spot. Chain smoke cigarettes, argue politics and film, engage in a make-shift bridge tournament, or let the hours and days pass by at this home-away-from-home.
Cool vibe, good coffee – I enjoy every minute I spend sipping cafe ole at this comfortable coffee house. The outside seating is great for enjoying a day or evening conversation, they always play interesting music and the clientel are positive and artistic. It's San Francisco LA style!
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