Queen Bean Coffee House

★★★★☆
  • 1126 14th St

    Modesto, CA 95354

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  • 209-521-8000

About Queen Bean Coffee House

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Fri-Sun 7:30am-10pm, Mon-Thu 7:30am-8pm

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Nice little coffee shop that has great ambiance. It's a converted old house in downtown. There is a nice outside area. Coffee is better than Starbucks.

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Nice little coffee shop that has great ambiance. It's a converted old house in downtown. There is a nice outside area. Coffee is better than Starbucks.

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coffee isn't all that great but the atmosphere is great if you don't go when it's packed with high school kids. It's a great place to go relax and listen to music on a week night.

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coffee isn't all that great but the atmosphere is great if you don't go when it's packed with high school kids. It's a great place to go relax and listen to music on a week night.

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This place has a great ambiance but only if you go at the right time. On weekends or holidays its crowded with obnoxious high schoolers but on week nights its a great place to enjoy a warm drink in their outdoor seating.

They have a lot of live music-some good, some bad but its usually enjoyable no matter what.

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★★★★☆

This place has a great ambiance but only if you go at the right time. On weekends or holidays its crowded with obnoxious high schoolers but on week nights its a great place to enjoy a warm drink in their outdoor seating.

They have a lot of live music-some good, some bad but its usually enjoyable no matter what.

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The queen bean was an exciting place to be. The first new coffee shop to open in a long time, the charming interior and lush gardens held promise. The owners would point to the yard where a deck would soon be built, then turn and wash the windows themselves, pruning each hanging plant with care before moving inside to dust and clean. The novelty was enough to overlook the long waits and snotty staff- for a while. Attempts to be treated civilly depended on the shift, as did your hopes of getting a decent drink. The Bean was- and still is really- a sort of caffeinated Russian roulette. Know your workers, know what to order, and everything is okay, otherwise, be prepared for what's coming at you.
Still, the place holds a charm. Love really is the secret ingredient, and playful workers make it through apparently grueling shifts by dressing up during undeclared theme nights (did any of you catch pirate night? much better than crazy hats, imho). I can't imagine the place would still be standing without the devotion of it's regular customers and patience of it's long time employees. As ownership changed (or shrank, really, as the current owner simply bought out the other two investors) so did the atmosphere. Skill went down while stress went up. I don't know how long it's been since I've seen windex in someone's hand, least of all the owner. I *have* been treated to some bad service and worse drinks by the remaining investor (do any other employees work the till when tipsy?), but really it's just par for the course.
The Bean is still a beautiful place. The broken chairs, fading deck, and grimy surfaces aren't enough to erase it's charm and promise. A stunning line up of great baristas mean I'm only forced to order an iced coffee 10% of the time (for the few remaining workers that shouldn't be behind the bar).
Between bad changes in booking, shrinking staff and careless owners, the only thing killing the queen bean is itself. Get in now, while you still can.

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★★★☆☆

The queen bean was an exciting place to be. The first new coffee shop to open in a long time, the charming interior and lush gardens held promise. The owners would point to the yard where a deck would soon be built, then turn and wash the windows themselves, pruning each hanging plant with care before moving inside to dust and clean. The novelty was enough to overlook the long waits and snotty staff- for a while. Attempts to be treated civilly depended on the shift, as did your hopes of getting a decent drink. The Bean was- and still is really- a sort of caffeinated Russian roulette. Know your workers, know what to order, and everything is okay, otherwise, be prepared for what's coming at you.
Still, the place holds a charm. Love really is the secret ingredient, and playful workers make it through apparently grueling shifts by dressing up during undeclared theme nights (did any of you catch pirate night? much better than crazy hats, imho). I can't imagine the place would still be standing without the devotion of it's regular customers and patience of it's long time employees. As ownership changed (or shrank, really, as the current owner simply bought out the other two investors) so did the atmosphere. Skill went down while stress went up. I don't know how long it's been since I've seen windex in someone's hand, least of all the owner. I *have* been treated to some bad service and worse drinks by the remaining investor (do any other employees work the till when tipsy?), but really it's just par for the course.
The Bean is still a beautiful place. The broken chairs, fading deck, and grimy surfaces aren't enough to erase it's charm and promise. A stunning line up of great baristas mean I'm only forced to order an iced coffee 10% of the time (for the few remaining workers that shouldn't be behind the bar).
Between bad changes in booking, shrinking staff and careless owners, the only thing killing the queen bean is itself. Get in now, while you still can.

Pros: Many skilled baristas, outdoor seating, dog friendly, good music

Cons: PRICES!, a few notably bad employees, slipping quality and cleanliness

 

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