Kafein Inc

★★★★☆
  • 1621 Chicago Ave

    Evanston, IL 60201

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  • 847-491-1621

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I'm not going to lie: I love this little funky, cool coffee shop. The drink menu is HUGE and there are tons of creative, unique, DELICIOUS drinks on there. Try the Azteca or Ancho Chile Mocha. YUMMY. The food is also pretty great, the normal kind of stuff you would expect of a coffee shop, but good quality, plentiful, fresh, homemade, and with a few delicious twists and options. That said, it is a little pricey, which is unfortunate. I would probably go more often if it wasn't quite so spendy. It is open late and tends to be frequented by Northwestern students looking for a caffeine fix and a place to study or chat.

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★★★★☆

I'm not going to lie: I love this little funky, cool coffee shop. The drink menu is HUGE and there are tons of creative, unique, DELICIOUS drinks on there. Try the Azteca or Ancho Chile Mocha. YUMMY. The food is also pretty great, the normal kind of stuff you would expect of a coffee shop, but good quality, plentiful, fresh, homemade, and with a few delicious twists and options. That said, it is a little pricey, which is unfortunate. I would probably go more often if it wasn't quite so spendy. It is open late and tends to be frequented by Northwestern students looking for a caffeine fix and a place to study or chat.

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Great coffee and delicious shakes! The atmosphere is funky, and laid back and this is reflected in the employees. It's a cool place to go and hang out to have a drink. They have food, but it's nothing special and seems that their focus is more on the drinks.

4
★★★★☆

Great coffee and delicious shakes! The atmosphere is funky, and laid back and this is reflected in the employees. It's a cool place to go and hang out to have a drink. They have food, but it's nothing special and seems that their focus is more on the drinks.

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I have been going to this place since I was in high school, so its been about 10 years now. The coffee drinks are fantastic, hands down some of the best I've ever had. Particularly the mocha shake! Mmmmmm.... Yes the staff can be/act pretentious at times, but not all. Once I was home from college and I needed internet so I came here. The place was crowded, and even though I had a tiny table the staff asked me to move to the back. When my waiter found out his coworkers moved me he was pissed and apologized repeatedly. That was the one truly bad experience I've ever had there. Yeah there are lots of high schoolers and young college students there, but I still come here with my older friends and who cares?! Just because there tends to be a younger crowd doesn't mean you should totally ditch the place. Also, they have the BEST hummus plate I've ever had. Oh, they also have an outside patio which you should definitely take advantage of!

5
★★★★★

I have been going to this place since I was in high school, so its been about 10 years now. The coffee drinks are fantastic, hands down some of the best I've ever had. Particularly the mocha shake! Mmmmmm.... Yes the staff can be/act pretentious at times, but not all. Once I was home from college and I needed internet so I came here. The place was crowded, and even though I had a tiny table the staff asked me to move to the back. When my waiter found out his coworkers moved me he was pissed and apologized repeatedly. That was the one truly bad experience I've ever had there. Yeah there are lots of high schoolers and young college students there, but I still come here with my older friends and who cares?! Just because there tends to be a younger crowd doesn't mean you should totally ditch the place. Also, they have the BEST hummus plate I've ever had. Oh, they also have an outside patio which you should definitely take advantage of!

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This is a great place. It's a low key coffeeshop where the music doesn't repeat and the drinks are fantastic. It's unique, independent, and female-owned, as an added plus.

The service is also friendly and genuine, especially considering that the employees are overworked and underpaid. I have been going to Kafein for a while, and while I know that they used to kick people out after a while, that doesn't happen anymore and in fact, the staff are willing to go to great lengths to make your comfortable/accommodate your requests.

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★★★★★

This is a great place. It's a low key coffeeshop where the music doesn't repeat and the drinks are fantastic. It's unique, independent, and female-owned, as an added plus.

The service is also friendly and genuine, especially considering that the employees are overworked and underpaid. I have been going to Kafein for a while, and while I know that they used to kick people out after a while, that doesn't happen anymore and in fact, the staff are willing to go to great lengths to make your comfortable/accommodate your requests.

Pros: ambience, service

Cons: too loud to do work, at times

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The waitresses at this place act like they've just come out of a coma. When asking about a specific drink on the menu I was told to look at the menu instead of asking questions. However, since it was pitch black on the outside seating, I couldn't even see the text so all my friends had to bring up their cell phones so that I could read.

It's your job to smile, bring me a drink and answer my questions, NOT mope around and stand there like you're from the British Guard Armored Division. Oh and a simple "goodbye, have a good night" when I leave would be nice. If you forgot how to smile, at least wear some flare or quit!

Thanks but no thanks Kafein. You may be trendy but your service sure as hell isn't. Hire someone who knows how to provide good service: Mexicans.

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★☆☆☆☆

The waitresses at this place act like they've just come out of a coma. When asking about a specific drink on the menu I was told to look at the menu instead of asking questions. However, since it was pitch black on the outside seating, I couldn't even see the text so all my friends had to bring up their cell phones so that I could read.

It's your job to smile, bring me a drink and answer my questions, NOT mope around and stand there like you're from the British Guard Armored Division. Oh and a simple "goodbye, have a good night" when I leave would be nice. If you forgot how to smile, at least wear some flare or quit!

Thanks but no thanks Kafein. You may be trendy but your service sure as hell isn't. Hire someone who knows how to provide good service: Mexicans.

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There is nothing spectacular here. The coffee and the foods are just OK. They try to create a bohemian style atmosphere, but the key word is try. This place does a lot of advertising so I think that's part of their popularity and of course the students from nearby Northwestern University flock here. I have definitely had better, I think it's more about the convenience than anything else.

3
★★★☆☆

There is nothing spectacular here. The coffee and the foods are just OK. They try to create a bohemian style atmosphere, but the key word is try. This place does a lot of advertising so I think that's part of their popularity and of course the students from nearby Northwestern University flock here. I have definitely had better, I think it's more about the convenience than anything else.

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This cafe will always bring back memories of late night coffee getaways for me, so therefore I hold it in special regard. For a suburban cafe it is hands down original. When you are looking at the posters though you can't help but think of your relationship with coffee. It can be painful. I have had moments when I order the hummus with veggies, just because the reminder of coffee's not exactly great health benefits is too great to ignore.

But Kafein is a great place, late night or not!

2
★★★★☆

This cafe will always bring back memories of late night coffee getaways for me, so therefore I hold it in special regard. For a suburban cafe it is hands down original. When you are looking at the posters though you can't help but think of your relationship with coffee. It can be painful. I have had moments when I order the hummus with veggies, just because the reminder of coffee's not exactly great health benefits is too great to ignore.

But Kafein is a great place, late night or not!

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definitely one of the best coffee houses on the north shore. the hummus plate is amazing, as are the shakes and pretty much any coffee drink. tons of fun on a weekend when its crowded but also great when its kind of empty. parking is kind of tough but theres usually a spot down the street.

2
★★★★★

definitely one of the best coffee houses on the north shore. the hummus plate is amazing, as are the shakes and pretty much any coffee drink. tons of fun on a weekend when its crowded but also great when its kind of empty. parking is kind of tough but theres usually a spot down the street.

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This is a great place to go after a long day to unwind and drink some good coffee; or even finish off a date talking over a cup. The menus poke fun at caffeine drinker, something most caffeine drinkers do already, showing a true java addict never really takes life too seriously. The service is always friendly and willing to spend a couple minutes chatting about the food or drinks before taking orders. And the late hours is a plus, something Chicago needs more of is late night coffee houses and Kafein's has never disappointed.

2
★★★★★

This is a great place to go after a long day to unwind and drink some good coffee; or even finish off a date talking over a cup. The menus poke fun at caffeine drinker, something most caffeine drinkers do already, showing a true java addict never really takes life too seriously. The service is always friendly and willing to spend a couple minutes chatting about the food or drinks before taking orders. And the late hours is a plus, something Chicago needs more of is late night coffee houses and Kafein's has never disappointed.

Pros: late hours, reletively priced

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It didn't turn out to be the quiet, "find-a-nook-and-write-on-your-laptop-while-they-keep-bringing-you-coffee" place I was expecting based on other reviews. However, it did turn out to be a place of energy, great food (sandwiches, soup, desserts ... and, of course, coffee) with outstanding friendly and cheerful service. What I didn't read in other reviews was, that this is very much a college gathering spot and everyone was having a good time. After midnight it did quiet down enough to get work done.

2
★★★★★

It didn't turn out to be the quiet, "find-a-nook-and-write-on-your-laptop-while-they-keep-bringing-you-coffee" place I was expecting based on other reviews. However, it did turn out to be a place of energy, great food (sandwiches, soup, desserts ... and, of course, coffee) with outstanding friendly and cheerful service. What I didn't read in other reviews was, that this is very much a college gathering spot and everyone was having a good time. After midnight it did quiet down enough to get work done.

Pros: Friendly service, Great food, Intriguing atmosphere

Cons: Crowded until late, Parking can be tough

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this swanky place has been around forever and a day. the coffee is great, staff friendly, and the ambience exquisite. If your looking for a cozy number to commuincate over coffee, look no further.

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★★★★★

this swanky place has been around forever and a day. the coffee is great, staff friendly, and the ambience exquisite. If your looking for a cozy number to commuincate over coffee, look no further.

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I love this place, smiles all around and the coffee, is really the yummiest in town.

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★★★★★

I love this place, smiles all around and the coffee, is really the yummiest in town.

Pros: John in a thong

Cons: weather

 

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