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Best coffee shops

Posted November 17, 2014

Brew Coffee Bar. Image from John Huisman.

— Feeling a little sluggish in the mornings? Pick up a coffee at one of our favorite Triangle coffee shops.

We visited this topic in 2013 but a few more coffee shops have made the cut since then!

Jubala Village Coffe (North Raleigh) – Jubala is my go to spot for excellent coffee and espresso. They use locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee and offer a food menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients. My favorite seat is at their coffee bar where the baristas are happy to talk about the origin of their coffee beans and explain the "pour over" brewing method they use to craft each individual cup. Jubala is just wrapping up renovations to their kitchen so keep an eye out for an expanded food menu in the future!

Sola Coffee & Café (North Raleigh) – Sola Coffee is famous for their great coffee and mini doughnuts. They also have an extensive food menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Their latest addition is a west coast inspired “Toast Bar” featuring artisanal breads and seasonal toppings. Sola is also a favorite for bringing excellent live music to North Raleigh. They feature both local and touring artists every Friday and Saturday night.

Brew Coffee Bar (Downtown Raleigh) – Brew Coffee Bar is the newest addition to the downtown Raleigh coffee scene and they have won me over with their cold brew coffee served from a nitro tap and their locally roasted Raleigh Coffee Company beans. Brew also serves wine and beer and features a guest roaster and guest brewery rotated on a monthly basis.

Cocoa Cinnamon (Durham) – Cocoa Cinnamon is a favorite of mine for their great coffee, sipping chocolates and the sense of community their space provides. Located in a former service station, the indoor and outdoor seating makes it the perfect gathering spot in Durham. My favorite drink is the “Dr. Durham,” a cappuccino with housemade vanilla, ginger, maca and a touch of black lava salt.

Open Eye Café  (Carrboro) – Whenever I am in Carrboro a visit to Open Eye Café is a must. They roast their own coffee right on the premises and are known for creating incredible espresso drinks and beautiful latte art. The shop is spacious inside with many tables and sofas to lounge in. It is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and spend the afternoon studying while sipping on a latte.


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  • Bill Brasky Nov 18, 2014

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    I know what you are saying. In fact I recall one of those airline magazines saying there was an Italian restaurant on Leadmine that was one of the top ten in the US....To this day I have never heard of it, or heard anyone mention it..lol.

    I will say checkout Sola....Place is one of my all time favorite.

  • ajviola Nov 17, 2014

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    On behalf of BREW I can say that we didn't pay to be included in this list. It's just the writers opinions. We didn't even know about this list till it was posted. I imagine none of these great shops did. Also, I am incredibly sorry to hear about your experience at BREW and would love more than anything to make it up to you if you'd give us the chance. Feel free to shoot me an email at aj@brewdtr.com

  • Come On_Seriously Nov 17, 2014

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    Don't be so sure. My experience with them has insured that I will never set foot in BREW again.

  • vich66 Nov 17, 2014

    BREW has the best coffee and baristas.

    I go there because of the coffee and the people and can say with out a doubt that they would never pay to be on a list.

  • Arthur Raleigh Nov 17, 2014
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    I love Cup A Joe on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, the college crowed and the atmosphere is cozy.

  • Progressiveredneck Nov 17, 2014

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    This is "new media." This is blog which WRAL adds into the news. These businesses have paid to be "recognized as the best." Kind of like the "America's Top 10 Steakhouses" you always seen in the in-flight magazine on any airline.

  • Celt Nov 17, 2014

    Huh??? What about Parker and Otis in Durham?

  • iopsyc Nov 17, 2014

    No mention of Bean Traders? Sad.

  • Todd Jenkins Nov 17, 2014
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    You can't trust these articles. Heavily favored to the big social media stores. Remember its all about getting readers.