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Coupa Café

Coupa Café

Café, Latin American Restaurant, and Coffee Shop$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
  • Ranked #2 for cafés in Palo Alto
  • Omer Z.
    "Try the Tiger Spice Chai or one of the spicy hot chocolates."(13 Tips)
    Kyle E.
    "They accept Bitcoins."(9 Tips)
    Donald B.
    "Spicy mocha w/ a side of spicy mocha."(9 Tips)
    "The spicy hot chocolate is a very nice experience!"(6 Tips)
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  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BowenFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good place to work in Palo Alto. Good coffee and food, fast Wi-Fi, some outlets, and outdoor seating for when the weather's nice. Added plus, you can order from your table with the Downtown app.
  • Ariana F.
    Ariana FaustiniJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I love the tiger-spiced chai made with almond milk. If you're into decadent, try the firecracker truffle. Be sure to keep your ears open for some hot startup gossip. Lots of startups start up here.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CampiNovember 5, 2016
    If you don't know this place you must be new in town, so welcome. Everything is good and you'll be in good company--startup lives happen here.
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffApril 30, 2016
    Great South American cafe in which you can enjoy some down time while working/reading. Great beverages and desserts. Try the oatmeal cookie.
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharJanuary 29, 2013
    Hands down my new favorite cafe. Love listening in to the high-powered conversations around me as I sip a tiger spice latte (a must try!) and work. Highly recommend (if you can manage a seat)
  • Zach H.
    Zach HamedAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Tiger Spice chai. Make it a large. No, make it an XXXXX-large. One of the best chai teas in the Bay Area, period.
  • Liberty
    LibertyJuly 29, 2012
    Wonderful absolutely South American coffee & enough to eat that it really is a café. Not always the vibe for an office/coffee shop & electrical outlets aren't plentiful. But do go! For the coffee.
  • Philip C.
    Philip CortesJuly 1, 2011
    Meeteor Networking Tip: the side tables inside have plugs, and the tables near the back have the least amount of noise if you're meeting with somebody. There's also free water at the end of the bar!
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueAugust 28, 2014
    Elephant chai latte (vanilla flavoured) is a personal favourite. It's packed and noisy but if you're okay with that it's a great cafe to get some work done!
  • Patrycja T.
    Patrycja TempskaFebruary 5, 2013
    Amazing atmosphere, food and coffee! Julio is preparing the best chai I've ever tried:))))) highly reccommended!
  • Josie X.
    Josie XiaoJune 30, 2014
    Decent coffee and pastry. The yogurt cup with granola and fruits have way too much granola and too little yogurt. Do grab a window seat or outdoor table, it's overall a good coffee experience
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱June 6, 2016
    Get the Breakfast Bowl (yogurt, granola, fruit) if you are looking for something healthy.
  • Gauri M.
    Gauri ManglikJune 13, 2012
    The staff here is so nice. Free wifi and delicious pasta. Good environment to get some work done. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongNovember 29, 2015
    pumpkin spice latte is solid here but not too sweet. I like the tiger chai more.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ClarkeJuly 4, 2012
    Their tiger spiced chai is delicious. One of the best chai lattes I've had.
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WuMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    their green tea is fragrant, comes in a nice tea pot, and can always refill hot water. reminder that they only provide wifi on weekdays
  • Regan H.
    Regan HendersonJanuary 13, 2015
    Tiger spice latte was fantastic! Ordered the breakfast BLT on croissant and that's was great as well.
  • Mariianne C.
    Mariianne CraryFebruary 28, 2015
    Outside seating in any weather, pitches everywhere, good place to follow the trends in Silicon Valley. Very crowded.
  • Renee T.
    Renee TeefiveApril 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun and crowded food/coffee place to work and have meetings or just relax and enjoy some coffee.
  • Liza P.
    Liza POctober 18, 2015
    Coupa is an institution in Palo Alto! The coffee is ok at best, but a very good space to work or meet for a chat.
  • Scott A.
    Scott AllisonMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great coffee, great atmosphere, excellent wifi (M-F) but don't forget the food, it's great too!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Listen closely. You may overhear patrons talking about preferred shares, term sheets, or user retention rates at this tech hotspot. Read more
  • Merry
    MerrySeptember 13, 2013
    The Flamingo decaf sugar free chai is AMAZING. Probably the best chai I've ever had.
  • Yosun C.
    Yosun ChangOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They are excellent in making specialty foods like shrimp quesadilla and nutella crepe... But fail at making scramble eggs...
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachMay 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Tiger Spice Chai or one of the spicy hot chocolates. Arepas are delicious.
  • Jiang Yan X.
    Jiang Yan XuOctober 9, 2014
    The beef arepas are so delicious! Lots of students hanging out and studying here
  • Masha A.
    Masha AdamianApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cold brew here is divine. And Downtown app is fun, use it to skip the line.
  • Maarten d.
    Maarten den BraberOctober 16, 2013
    Get the burger - it's delicious! And you can pay in Bitcoin too :-)
  • Jon P.
    Jon PierceNovember 28, 2012
    The tiger spiced chai is tasty but super sweet. Probably more accurately classified as a dessert!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 8, 2012
    What's with the baristas talking suggestively to their coworkers and making them obviously uneasy about it especially in Spanish. The employees should remember that customers actually speak it
  • Pavel S.
    Pavel SirotinSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Finally someone also thought that ordering from an app is convenient. Good luck, Downtown guys!
  • Azwandi A.
    Azwandi ArisDecember 16, 2016
    Chai latte is super good
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Monique Z.
    Monique ZiesenhenneJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Delicious coffee, along with unusual and intriguing chocolates. Good arepas and other nice baked goods. Read more
  • Frances
    FrancesAugust 10, 2014
    Hype is clearly for coffee. This based on food, not amazing here and small portions. Blt panini was ok. Rosemary pesto chicken was very dry and no frills. Mostly crepe wrapper. Ill pass next time.
  • mistermedici
    mistermediciAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Beverly Hills chopped salad, with dressing on the side or on top. You can't go wrong, man.
  • David C.
    David CalhounApril 1, 2014
    Cool atmosphere, but has been way too crowded the last few times I was there. Students and Silicon Valley sycophants flock here.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SalazarNovember 29, 2015
    Good cappuccino, but their Chai is the real deal. Just great!
  • Sam C.
    Sam CecilOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    No wifi on the weekends - perfect time to curl up with your laptop and a latte and actually get some work done!
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestNovember 3, 2011
    You know what's even better than their delicious hot chocolate? Enjoying it while listening to new music and reading reviews
  • Angela R.
    Angela RodriguezJanuary 11, 2012
    If you come here a lot you get a free coffee or tea if you have a FiveStars card. FTW.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RisleyAugust 7, 2014
    Extraordinary espresso and great location.
  • Sony Mobile WTA
    Sony Mobile WTAJuly 6, 2011
    Looking for a coffee to go? Head to Coupa Café and try by way of a change the Elephant Vanilla Chai Latte!
  • Karen H.
    Karen HerzogNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The spicy, soy hot chocolate is worth every penny. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate on the foam and stir to accent the peppery flavor.
  • Nora N.
    Nora NMay 15, 2012
    Lovely spot with nice tea options, but they need a few more biscuit options
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan CalabreseAugust 16, 2010
    Follow @coupacafe on Twitter and watch for their whisper word specials! Also try the Empanadas ...they are delicious!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cold-brewed coffee. Not too bitter, not too weak. 
  • jan h.
    jan hubertJuly 20, 2013
    This place is so popular they can't keep up with the traffic. We waited 15 minutes or more for our food and my eggs were cold. Coffee was good and strong, but that was it. They were overwhelmed.
  • Charlotte L.
    Charlotte LilleyNovember 20, 2012
    Get an almond milk hot chocolate for a cozy treat or delicious dessert.
  • J B.
    J BMarch 2, 2013
    I love their goat cheese, sundried tomato pasta!
  • James A.
    James AndersonAugust 30, 2014
    Steve Jobs used to come here. Now, you'll probably find investors in deep conversation.
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