Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated this list, but here are Mr. Nguyen’s latest rankings for the San Jose coffee shops.   There are some new cafes that have sprung up as well as a few that have changed locations. Some have closed as well. The rankings reflect the cafes as a whole (girls, venue, coffee, food, service, girls, smoking/non-smoking, and girls).

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1.  Em Quyen
1998 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
I believe the general consensus is that Em Quyen is the best café right now.  Most guys on this forum love this place, and it’s a constant subject of conversation. I’ve decided to move it to #1. It’s a great place to grab a cup of coffee in the morning before work.  With smoking banned all day, this place is one of the cleanest.  Deanna, Alina, and Melanie keep EQ one of the best cafes in San Jose.  Quyen is still one of the prettiest owners around SJ.  This place gets packed frequently, and due to the small size of the café, it’s not uncommon to share tables with complete strangers.  There are plenty of HD TVs to watch your favorite soccer matches or football games. No food is served here, but you can run next door to Subway or the taqueria, and bring your food over to enjoy the games on TV.  Coffee is $6/cup.  The shop closes around 5PM.

2. Paradise Cafe
2400 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
Paradise remains #1 in my books because of hospitality and talent. Their staff remains top notch in San Jose, and at any given time, they have about 3 or 4 girls working in lingerie. Their notables include Christine, Kelly, Janet, and Jenny. Sadly, Ruby Renegade left, and she will be greatly missed. They have plenty of TVs for your sports viewing pleasure and a nice outdoor patio with umbrellas and heaters for cold weather. Parking can be problematic at times, but I just park across the street at the motel if it’s full. The location is somewhat out of the way for those working the tech scene, but they do have some great food options at their shop as well as many options around the café for those engineers looking for a spot to eat and drink Viet coffee. I believe this is the only remaining SJ coffee shop with $5 coffee.

3. HS Coffee & Juices (a.k.a. Hotspot Café)   (
2133 Morill Ave.
San Jose, CA 95132
Hotspot remains high in my book because of the great service.  The location is a bit far from the hustle and bustle of Little Saigon, but it is well worth the drive.  The attire is strictly PG, but it’s a somewhat refreshing change from the more risqué cafes.  They’ve branded the Hotspot name and have been known to pass out T-shirts and sweaters with their brand on it.  The venue is spacious, and the waitresses are extremely friendly and attentive.  They make an effort to remember the regulars by name here, which actually gives this place a more intimate feel. Smoking has been banned completely. Some of the notable waitresses include Kathy, Nhi, Nhi, Jaylynn, and boss lady, Thuy-Anh and sisters, Mai and PA. They have plenty of TVs to watch your favorite sporting event, Vietnamese and Korean pop, or EDM and hip hop music videos. During football season, it’s probably one of the best places to watch every single football game on TV. They offer a variety of food and drinks for a very affordable price.  Beer is now on the menu. Coffee is $6/cup.  Visit their Instagram site to get updates on who is working.

4. Fantasy Café
1040 McLaughlin Ave
San Jose, CA 95122
Dream Café
2444 Alvin Avenue
San Jose, CA 95121 820415021345938/?fref=ts
Fantasy Café (formerly CN1) and Dream Café (formerly CN2) have slipped a little in the last year. They’ve lost Nicole, arguably the hottest viet café waitress of all time. The cafés are lingerie/bikini only, but their uniforms are probably the most creative of all the cafes and leaves a little bit to the imagination. Boss lady, Chi Uyen, has a great eye for Vietnamese café fashion. The waitresses are by far some of the hottest girls in the history of Vietnamese coffee shops in San Jose.  Tran, Kathy, Missy, and a few other waitresses round out their roster.  These two cafes are a great place to take people who are new to the Vietnamese coffee scene.  No one I have brought has ever been disappointed.  Fantasy and Dream Cafe have banned the smoking inside all day and night.  Coffee is $6/cup.

5. Remedy Cafe  (
1150 Murphy Ave. Suite C
San Jose, CA
Remedy is a new café in San Jose located on the corner of Murphy Ave. and Old Oakland happens to be conveniently located near my office making it easy for me to come here during my lunch break. Ngoc (a.k.a Lily and Roxanne) of EQ fame owns this shop, and she wisely chose a location near all the tech companies along North First Street. Remedy is an excellent café, and from the start, Ngoc has run this place the way I would if I ever owned a café. The talent level is
excellent, the place is non-smoking and clean, there are plenty of TVs, food is great, music is good but not deafening, and the vibe is chill. At any given time, there are two waitresses working. They are extremely friendly and have been known to sit down and chit chat. Typical attire is skirts and bra or bikini. Coffee is $6/cup. You can visit their Instagram site to get updates on who’s working.

6.  Nguyen Espresso
1659 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
I’ve decided to move NE up to the #6 spot. They have improved the talent level, but I still believe the top 5 have the best talent. Risqué factor is like EQ. Venue is small and cramped, but it is clean (relatively speaking) due to the non-smoking policy.  The service is decent. This place is recommended for newbies to the coffee shop scene if they want to see what these cafes are all about. Coffee is $6/cup.

7.  Palm Café (
1969 Tully Rd. San Jose, CA 95122
I decided to move Palm Café to #7, but it could be higher if they banned cigarettes. The waitresses rank high on the hotness scale, and their uniforms do not leave a lot to the imagination, but the smoke absolutely kills this place. I would like to visit this place more often, but I can only stand the cigarettes for so long. Waitresses are generally hot. Julie, Tina, and
Kathy are their notables. You can view their roster on their Instagram. They do serve beer here, which bumps this place up a few spots.

8. Pandora Café (Closed.)
1174 N. Capitol Ave.
San Jose, CA 95132
I have mixed opinions about this cafe. Pandora is big with lots of TVs, but I can’t frequent this place much because of the cigarettes. The girls dress like they do at Hotspot, so essentially tank tops and mini-skirts. They have recently brought in waitresses from the OC, and if they continue to do this, it should draw a larger crowd to their shop. As a result, I’ve moved them up a couple notches. The venue itself looks nice and is very spacious, and they do serve food here as well.

9. Thoa Café
999 Story Rd., San Jose, CA – Vietnam Town
Thoa Café monopolizes the café scene in Vietnam Town.  Unfortunately, Thoa Café allows smoking all day now, and as a result, I have not moved this place up the ladder. My favorite waitress here is Jasmine. She is very easy on the eyes and very friendly at the same time. Waitresses are dressed in lingerie. It’s located conveniently next to Pho 90 and Com 90. Coffee is $6/cup.

10. Quynh Huong
2441 Alvin Ave
San Jose, CA 95121
Quynh Huong Café is formerly Courtyard/Vogue and is still located across the street from Chuck E Cheese off of Tully Rd. I haven’t been able to check this place out, personally. Phuong (formerly Ozone and Tao) works here. It’s a nice, big venue with plenty of TVs. They have a wide selection of food and drinks, including alcohol. The cigarettes ruin this place. It does not make sense to me why they have a huge courtyard if they are going to allow smoking inside. Non-smokers can’t escape the smoke, inside or out..

11. Tylan Café
Capitol Ave.
San Jose, CA 95133
Tylan is a decent, little café. Coffee is good, and they have plenty of TVs for sports. They allow smoking inside and out, unfortunately. But they do have their loyal regulars there.

12. V Café
1692 Tully Rd. Ste 1, San Jose, CA 95122 – behind National Summit bank. Next to former Quyen Café.

13. Xinh Xinh Café
1075 Tully Rd, at the corner of Mc Laughlin. Same plaza with Com Tam Dat Thanh.

14. Dolce Expresso
Located at the corner of Quimby and Tully Rd.  Same plaza with Michael’s.

15. Café Dạ Thảo
Located on Story Road across the street from Walmart.

1,905 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. No sign of Barbie today guess she’s not closing today either
    Alina is a cop
    Other chick a maid

  2. Any good coffee in the evenings (like 6pm)? I’ve always gone in the mornings to usual places but don’t know what the scene is like in the early evenings. Is EQ/NE still even open then?

  3. Curious to know why is it a grown man can hate on a woman serving coffee so badly like what on earth did this woman do to you bros please tell us

  4. Willie is right. Don’t be disrespectful of the ladies. ***** Who’s working EQ & NE this morning?

    1. @coffeeguy
      No we are all real men I can assure you that. We can meet up anytime.
      If you have a real problem you can either hash it out in person I am not a keyboard gangster who hide behind the screen and talk bad about women.
      What did Tina ever do to you? What is the problem here because it’s really obvious you don’t like her for a reason i think everyone here is curious too.
      She posted on Snapchat she’s working cafe again so obviously her minions will be stalking.
      I am not a huge follower but I respect the hustle & I enjoy coffee with a view.
      So that’s that.
      You really want to be tough picking on women that is only a coward move because real man will just shut up if they don’t like someone.

      Agree my man


        1. Sure thing but if you got a problem with Barbie I’m sure a lot of people will love to know what it is and may be handle it for her because she’s not doing shit but serve coffee lmfao

          1. Agree but everyone got different taste
            They should just avoid Barbie and her schedule if it bother their eye sight

        1. My wife do it well everyday don’t trip man
          But what’s right is right what’s wrong is wrong. Bullying women is not okay. Such losers.

  5. Seen Barbie down south before. Alina only made guest appearance years ago during her peak popularity. Her and another EQ gal worked down there. Also seen another ex EQ gal in OC, can’t remember her name but she was cute.

    If you like certain gals, ask their schedules and phone number. If you don’t like them, don’t go and quit being a bitch

      1. Thanks willie but
        I have an idea
        How about Mr. Bully @COFFEEGUY here just Quyen or Barbie this website and show her these comments of how many people Dislike her working at EQ here
        May be she will quit on her own and you guys won’t have to worry about seeing her “trashy tattooed and fake butt”

  6. Can’t wait til Barbie quits coffee again so this site can get rid of all the fake posters promoting her.

    1. Lol ! Just enjoy coffee and chim
      She did mention she’s only working until she have to go back to LA

      1. Why is tina and alina’s puzzy looks fked up? I know alina fks a lot of BBC. Does tina like BBC and fks them to???

        1. I think her butt is too big and heavy so the bottom cheek
          Part so
          it pushes her pUzzy out front more
          But puzzy is pUzzy
          Alina is the biggest leader ho of them all I want to see her BBC p0rnnn clip

      1. Not everyone will like the smell of one flower. Everyone has different taste. You don’t know her to hate her my bro

        1. Wow, $25 for a pic.

          You must be loaded.

          I wish you will get more out of it in the future.

          If you really like her, money isn’t an issue.

  7. That barbie girl at EQ working right now. Shes super sweet hot as hell with them tight pink leggings.

    1. She got lots of favors already early morning saw her put tips away all 10s and 20s tip her good when u meet her she is nice

  8. Tina blondie vibe is sexy as hell she sure does make a man thirsty even in leggings.
    I had her on snapchat before BaXa cut me off, she worked EQ a year ago, import modeling & she’s on the top earner list 1.7% onlyfans so we’re talking 6 figs by now, think she’s at EQ to stack cash to open her own who else thinking this ? Oh and she just love 2cook fucktons of food for her family and drink lots of boba LMFAO all her friends are fat

      1. Please post Instagram handle, link to pic. In SF today but I must see what the fuss is about. ┐(‘~`;)┌

        1. Found it: missasianbarbie69 Instagram. She’s hot cuz of the enhancements. Not sure what u get in the mooring though. ヽ(;^o^ヽ)

          1. That’s a fake IG her real IG IS ASIANBARBIETINA & THIENTHYLEBARBIE

    1. WHAT THE F!!!! She has 1.6 MILLION followers one 1 page and 128K on the back up page. That’s a lot of followers

      1. She buys a lot of followers – its really obvious if you follow her and know how IG works. Also has anyone noticed all the new people posting about her? She is doing this herself or getting a friend to post about her.

        1. If she has money to buy followers she must be doing something right. At least she got the $ to spend. I wish I can buy 10k followers lol it’s like 399$
          But tina is a flirt lots of guys tip her

          1. She have a big following so I wouldn’t be surprise if her fans are defending. If someone bash on Mel & Alina I’m sure someone will jump in and defend her as well.

        1. You guys don’t like fake tits ? Doesn’t Alina Mel and Mamasan also have fake tits ? :DD

          1. I think alina, mel and mamasan have real titss, but i could be wrong about alina and mel..

          2. They all have fakes. Some look real but they’re not. One will let you fondle hers.

  9. Is big booty Barbie working tomorrow? I hope she is sweet and good energy. Good worker too.

    1. She have a very nice sweet smile and the way she look into my eyes I melted >_< I don’t know if she’s working tomorrow or not

  10. I don’t know why all of you keep talking about Melanie. She doesn’t flirt with you too right? She said I was special. (◕︵◕)

    1. Melanie is a delight for us all. The mamasans should demand that all their waitresses flirt with everyone like Melanie does.$$$$$
      And have a contingency plan for what to do for the rare instances when problems occur– like the one poor Melanie experienced. Tip her good when she returns. We missed her. ****
      Who is working em & ne today?

      1. saw her 4 the 1st time this a.m. she is surely a delight – not fat, and a brilliant smile on her face. I understand why she is a favorite here.

  11. so I was at EQ sat p.m. and the waitresses were dressed like nuns. I was expecting 2c a burqa. Is that standard for sat afternoons or just a reaction to the Melanie incident?

    1. I dunno but with Warriors/Niners/Raiders playing at the same time it’s gonna be a busy/packed afternoon no matter where you go.

    1. Wish I was invited to the Halloween Party that Mel would go. That would be a fun party!!!

  12. I wasn’t there but my info says he grabbed her arms–really traumatized her. A pic of the guy to share w/other shops would be great. If you see him at another shop maybe let the mammasan know?

      1. I remember a year ago there was an incident at CQ when a guy started groping Tiffany on his way out. She pushed him away and he just went out the door. No one did or said anything. Tiffany went to the back for a while to chill out. She seemed upset. But the guy was so brazen and casual about fondling her tits without permission. Then again it was at CQ during the heyday when there was a lot of handsy customers.

        1. At the end of CQ All the girls were allowing Groping fondling there tits and more. The restroom got a lot of use. Couple of the girls would go with any customer. I was to young for Tiffany Just saw her going in with the old guys. She just tell me next time.

          1. Tiffany didn’t go to bathroom with anyone! It was outside of the bathroom, not inside.

  13. I saw the Melanie incident. Shaved head asian guy about 50 yrs old was taking pictures and got caught. Mamasan told dude to stop and checked his phone. Then 10 mins later he did it again. That’s when Melanie tried to stop him and he took off straight out the door. He might have hit Melanie’s hand while walking out. Nothing there for anyone to jump out of their seats and defend a server. Mamasan probably was more pissed because he didn’t pay. She should just go to the video and print a picture of him, post it to shame him and ban for life. He did ruin it for everyone.

    1. Thank you Jaketran for explaining the whole incident to us. So there was no rape or fight happened. It was a scuffle.

      He deserves to be banned from going into EQ.

      1. Her name is Tina, not trashy, just trying to make an honest living just like you and me.

        1. She does snapchat porn..she use to be a private escort..much like her mom use to..I was told this by a close friend of theirs a few years back..she showed me pics too of them to prove she wasn’t lying

          1. bangkok, she used to fk/prostitute for a living… just like her mom did. I have nothing against prostitute, you need to survive…, you do whatever it takes… I wish i know about it… I wouldn’t mind fking her…

          2. The only thing that gets me is she used to post on her fb all the time about being poor in Vietnam, and working coffee shops for a few bucks and how she started her business with no help.. she’s a lying sack of dookie lol. Just be a real hoe and don’t hide it. I know plenty of chicks on IG that advertise and don’t hide who you are, we don’t you said, a job is a job right!!

        2. Elijah Cummings I agree with u she isn’t trashy she’s really nice to me and other fellas around us

  14. I’m boycotting EQ until they bring Mel back or find someone that can bring the fun like she can.

      1. bro, I think he know that. One more open seat mean less profit which is what a boycott is.

          1. I have no idea why this place is packed sometimes. Sometimes it is obvious why we go but other times it is such a waste of time and money.

  15. Thoa Cafe is now called Sens Cafe. Anyone been yet? Is it any different from the old place?

  16. I think these Cafes need to operate like private membership only clubs in SF or LA or NYC or Miami. Then they can hire bouncers to prevent unwanted situations, while still legally serving any visual performances as they want. If the performers are like Mel (or like Tiffany or Becca from the haydays of CN1/2), I won’t mind paying $100 per month for memberships, plus cost of drinks and tips. What do you Ninjas think?

  17. NE and EQ dull today. I looked into NE but didn’t go in, typical staff.

    EQ checked out Barbie.

    1. Agree on the dull. New girl Tina at EQ has the blonde hair and long eye lashes but that’s where the Barbie comparisons should stop.

    2. EQ was stupid today. Wasted my time and money. I should have gave my money to a homeless person. It would have been more fun!!!

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