Caffe Bene {revived}

Caffe Bene open again in Hoboken, NJ

Hmm. A few months ago, Caffe Bene downtown was “evicted” via a court order.

Today they seem to be back again with “coffee and more,” and are also hiring.

Not sure what the issues were previously – but 99% of the time evictions occur due to lack of rent payments. I wonder how this latest round will fare.

Judging by the look of patrons inside – everyone appears to be upbeat and thrilled, right?

caffe bene hoboken open again everyone looks thrilled

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Caffe Bene evicted in Hoboken?

2/26/2016 Update:

Apparently there is an eviction notice sign on the window (effective 2/26).

How is that possible for this successful Korean coffee chain?

Were Instagram photos not enough?

We tried calling them to see if anyone could explain. I guess no one is permitted inside?

If true (and final), this would make the second business eviction this month (Sabores being the other).

Caffe Bene Hoboken evicted

60 Second Review: Caffe Bene


Caffe Bene open in Hoboken NJA quick update for Caffe Bene – which opened up recently downtown on Hudson Street.

For starters, the place is intelligently laid out, with nice earth-tone decor and comfortable seating.

The coffee definitely was a step up from diner java – and my friend who tasted the gelato said it was quite good. The other “treats” on the menu were quite expensive for a fast-food type coffee-shop / chain – but I suppose they’re worth it, as customers were buying them (how long that lasts before the novelty wears off remains to be seen.) The sandwiches appeared to be in the reasonably-priced range (although much more than Subway).

Judging by the weekday traffic in the middle of the afternoon – I’d venture to guess that Caffe Bene will survive. The staff was a bit lethargic with an apparent “bare minimum effort” mentality (albeit cordial enough). Not sure if that was because they are “still learning,” or that we have an entire generation of clueless idiots about to hit the service-industry workforce.

How this impacts local coffee places that also opened (like Bean Vault) is unknown. But Caffe Bene is in a very strategic spot, and considering that Dunkin’ Donuts around the corner has terrible QC issues (and horrible coffee) certainly won’t hurt.

Description: South Korean coffeehouse modeled after European Coffeehouses, located here in America.
Address: 79 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 212-575-5484

Caffe Bene | 79 Hudson St. | Hoboken, NJ


Caffe Bene coming soon to Hoboken NJ 79 Hudson StreetOpening soon at 79 Hudson Street (formerly Halstead Property) is Caffe Bene.

Caffe Bene is a coffee chain that originated from South Korea (in 2008), and has been “exploding” on the US market since 2012 (currently over 1300 stores worldwide).

“Caffe Bene is the leading franchise in the South Korean coffee market. We’ve modeled ourselves on the traditional European coffeehouse. Caffe Bene is a destination for rest and relaxation amid the more hectic scenes of city living. Through our coffee and delectable food items, we offer satisfaction in its simplest form.”

Hmm. A South Korean “model” of a “European” coffeehouse. So it doesn’t really matter where they’re from or what they’re “modeling,” right? Isn’t that the same as saying “we’re copying someone else?” Or “our idea wasn’t good enough, so we took an existing one?” Or “our crappy pizza was no good, let’s copy the brick oven place two doors down?” (the last one was an actual Hoboken example…)

Anyway, I guess all the “original” ideas have been used up, and everything from now going forward will be a replication. (At least they attributed their source!)

Caffe Bene uniforms

They’ll serve waffles, gelato, coffee and other “sweet treats,” along with brunch and baked goods. As you can see above, their “uniforms” are almost a flashback to the 70’s! (Although the two guys in the middle have that “rather be elsewhere” look on their faces…”)

Regardless what I mentioned above, the company does seem like a pretty fun place to work, and the owner appears to be the “straight-forward type” businessman. Perhaps that’s why they’re successful at the rapid expansion. Either way – good luck to Caffe Bene, and may the place remain occupied for at least five years!

Caffe Bene Hoboken NJ south korean coffeehouse

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:49 pm

i believe they are looking to get our of their lease and possibly for sale

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 4:06 am

Okay, a coffee shop closed. But what about that mushroom cloud behind Jersey City? A prophetic sign of things to come? You’re scaring me!

Monday, February 29, 2016 4:04 pm

Another sucker loses their life fortune via an overpriced franchise…

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:35 pm

I’ve tried the red bean flavored Bingsu this past weekend and it was good. The Bingsu consists of layers of sweet red bean paste, which is commonly used in Asian desserts, layers of shaved ice, and topped off with mochi balls, almond slivers, and a scoop of gelato. Just keep in mind that it is too big for one person to eat all of it. You definitely need to share it with someone. Too bad they don’t offer it in a smaller size.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:55 am

I haven’t tried it yet, but you bring up a good point about Hoboken D&Ds an horrible coffee.

Regular D&D coffee isn’t all that bad when one doesn’t want to brew up a cup of their own or buy a cup of Starbucks $5 bitter brew, but all of the Hoboken locations make this awful light brown water that has no coffee taste at all.

I think much of it comes from reusing the same grounds for multiple pots of coffee, but even when “fresh”, none ever taste like D&D coffee. I believe most of the local locations are owned by the same franchisee which makes me think that this individual is using even crappier coffee beans in place of the usual D&Ds, or mandating that the locations can only change the coffee grounds once or twice a day. Their iced coffee still has some D&D flavor, but that is because it comes to them premade in bags configured for the machine.

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