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417 Mace Blvd , in the El Macero Shopping Center
Mon-Sat 6:00AM-5:00PM

Mocha Joe's is a coffee shop that is fairly unique in that it doesn't cater to studiers or students. Instead, it is a major pouring hub for commuters, retirees, and (probably South Davis) businesses that buy coffee for their employees. Hanlees, for example, regularly purchases coffee by the carafe from Mocha Joe's.

There aren't many amenities for studying. No WiFi hot spots, soft chairs or couches, or anything else besides typical cafe-style wooden furniture and fluorescent lights. Plus, it closes very early. When it's empty however it does make a great place to crack open some reading (textbook or not). Right around 11:00 am, like clockwork, the shop soon fills with middle-aged and elderly suburbanites. Perhaps Mocha Joe's doesn't need the extra business that studiers and laptop users, hunkering down for chunks of hours at a time, might bring.


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2005-07-08 21:26:39   They have a wide array of coffee flavors, and the shop itself is charming in appearance. Nice owners too. —SiennaGrass

2005-12-16 09:44:49   It's really out of the way but I went here one morning and had the best Iced Caffe Mocha ever! And plenty of pastries also =) —JoAnnaRich

2006-03-06 17:20:18   Great place to visit BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO WORK HERE!!!!! —MissCleo

2006-03-19 13:39:58   Great blueberry bran muffins. I agree with MissCleo. You don't want to work there. —PattyLouieJunior

2006-03-29 10:53:23   The regular coffee here was pretty bad. They have about 6 coffee pots to choose from, and I tried two (the French Roasts), both of which were really really weak and flavorless. With 6 choices, I'd expect that at least one would be a strong brew for people who like strong coffee. The service, however, was quite good. —LaurenMcNees

"2006-09-29-2006"   Jason and Sofia, the owners, are great people and their coffee is good. They have created a friendly atmosphere. I try to go in and say hello whenever I am visiting my parents! —AdamFlowers

2007-02-12 15:52:16   I actually worked at Mocha Joe's for four years and think that it was a wonderful place to work! It is a refreshing "homemade" atmosphere with wonderful staff, guests and owners! —MemoryRudolph

2007-02-12 17:00:30   Absolutely the most friendly coffee shop in town. Unfortunately, I'm an espresso drinker and it's not the best espresso in town. But they memorized what I wanted within 2 weeks or so of going there unlike everywhere else in town who never have in years of visiting other establishments. Now, if I could just get them to replace the espresso machine and add wi-fi... I'd be in heaven. —WesHardaker

2007-08-13 13:43:45   I love their sandwiches. —EmmyMelton

2008-02-22 09:44:14   Majority of their patrons seem to be older residents of the community. It hasn't been busy the past times I've gone, and I've never seen students studying there. So this place is a great alternative to other cafes like Common Grounds or Mishka's (both FULL of grad students, usually packed) if you're desperately seeking a quiet place to study. Also, the workers there are nice and often chat with their customers. The place is kept very clean. —at86

2008-06-03 19:57:31   Nice owners to the public but working there is NOT suggested. They make workers do janitorial type, laborous work most of the time for minimum wage, new employees are expected to know things in a VERY short time or practically before they walk in. Passive-agressively rude behind the curtains. Will not be receiving my business anymore! —1person1

2008-07-15 10:25:38   I disagree! I worked at Mocha Joe’s for quite awhile, and yes maybe they can be a bit wacky, (they once warned me to not date a customer because they were afraid I would borrow money from him and be unable to pay it back, forcing me to become a prostitute) but I was never underpaid and actually received raises regularly. They even took us out to eat on holidays! As far as the laborious janitorial type work goes, I am not sure what you expected to be doing when you applied. They take cleanliness seriously there, and I think that is very important. All that aside, they have delicious treats! I love the pastries and the feta pasta salad is a must try! —kmitchell

2010-02-11 21:43:35   Cash Only —Haley

2010-08-04 13:19:11   I'm pretty sure I saw a sign on their door/window stating that they have wiFi. I'll come back and edit this comment if I find I am mistaken. —BaggedMilk

2011-02-21 17:10:21   Nice owners, good service! My soy latte seems pretty decent but I'm no connoisseur. I'm writing this from inside so if they don't provide WiFi I don't know who I'm stealing it from. They have a few power outlets which is nice for studying, too. —KatherineChiu

2011-05-29 23:40:24   The lattes are great and the owners are great. Even though I don't go in frequently, they remember me and remember my drink. Their pastries are great and, as far as I can tell, they are the only cafe to provide both the Bee and the Chronicle for their patrons. —RMS

2011-07-30 12:27:31   I really enjoy this place. It's a friendly family cafe. The owners are great and seem to have a number of frequents. Definitely recommend if you want a place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee without the students. —KalaPeka