In April of 2005, Latte Da Coffehouse, located on Washington Blvd. in San Leandro shut its doors. After it shut its doors, it was slim pickings if you wanted a nice non-chain place for coffee in San Leandro.
I defected to Zocalo Coffeehouse on Bancroft Avenue (near Dutton) in San Leandro. The atmosphere at Zocalo is what you can expect from a friendly, independent coffeehouse. It has couches, magazines for you to read, board games, etc. Zocalo offers free wireless internet. The coffee here is good. The service is excellent.
One time, I did not have enough cash. And they have a $5 minimum for debit card users. I was one dollar off, but the nice bartista still let me have my coffee.
The only problem is that Zocalo is not open at night. It is probably because San Leandro is a geriatric "bedroom community." Hopefully as Zocalo gets more business, they'll extend their hours.