Category: Yola’s Corner

November Coffee Talk

Welcome to the official blog of Yola’s Cafe! My name is Sam and I’ve been a barista/cook/waffle-maker extraordinaire at Yola’s since July. This blog will serve as a monthly update on what we’re up to here at the cafe. Whether it’s being featured in Madison Magazine, taking home a Dane Buy Local award, volunteering with Feed My Starving Children, or concocting our next Waffle of the Month and new seasonal drinks–you’ll find it all here, and learn a little more about what Yola’s is all about.

Who is Yola, you ask? She was the grandmother of owner Lance Ratze, and the inspiration for the many delectable recipes that Yola’s Cafe is known for. She crafted the waffle recipe that eventually won the cafe the title of “Best Waffles in Wisconsin” by Spoon University and was ultimately the driving force behind opening the café almost nine years ago in January of 2009.

These days, Yola’s is a place for meetings, moms, families, students, and anyone who loves fresh coffee and homemade food. Come on Saturday before a Badger game and feel the buzzing excitement, or bring your laptop and get some work done on a weekday with our free Wi-Fi. There’s no wrong time for comfy chairs and coffee.

Coming up soon: Waffles with Santa and The Grinch! Join us on December 9th and 16th at Dream House Dream Kitchens in Madison, where you and your kids can enjoy a waffle breakfast, professional photos with Santa and The Grinch, glitter tattoos, and more! Get your tickets here before spots run out!




Our Waffle of the Month this November is a Pumpkin Waffle, with $1 from each purchase benefiting Reach Dane, Educating Children and Preparing Families for a Better Tomorrow. Know of a Madison-area charity that deserves a little love? Send us suggestions on Facebook.

New at Yola’s — stop in and check out CityTins, a handheld pack of over 20 coaster gift cards, each of which gets you $10 off a different locally-owned restaurant in Madison. Don’t know where to go next? Use the spinning wheel inside to choose for you.


As the craziness of holiday season approaches, come relax with a visit to us baristas and bakers and enjoy a warm peppermint mocha or hot chocolate by our fireplace. Visit the blog next month for a closer look at the local suppliers that make our food stand out.

All the best,