Best coffee shops
Posted November 17, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.