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Killer cup of coffee

Posted August 3, 2010

I’m craving a good cup of coffee this week. Where should I go? What kind should I make at home?

Most people who get up in the middle of the night to go to work know a thing or two about good coffee. I like a good cup. I’ve been attached to the regular brew at Cup-A-Joe next to WRAL for about a year now. But I’m also attached to their delicious Red Eggs & Ham recipe. My trainer Tara Wind said I needed to take a break from the eggs burrito for awhile. So, I’m staying away from Cup-a-Joe for awhile and bringing in sandwiches from home. We have “machine coffee” here at the station and quite frankly I’m not too fond of it.

I really like Java Jive in Cary. My wife Cindy brought home some Peets Coffee from Harris-Teeter the other day and it was outstanding.  Have you ever tried Larry's Beans?  Great coffee!

Where do you go for a killer cup of java?


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  • proverbs31destiny Aug 13, 2010

    LARRY'S BEANS! They are GREAT! My favorite is the guatemalan blend - bold yet smooth! The are local, green, and farmer friendly! I pick their coffee up directly from the ware house off Wake Forest road and brew at home. Can also pick it up at some of the local coffee houses.

  • nrhalnp Aug 7, 2010

    Busy Bee on Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh

  • Ignatius Reilly Aug 4, 2010

    I've been the whole route with a Ranchillo espresso machine and Ranchillo grinder, home roasting, gourmet coffees from all the local sources and over the internet, pods, French presses, yada yada, yada yada. So, so much fuss.

    You know, these little coffee bags -- like tea bags -- really are amazingly good. Don't over extract...6 ounces max from a single bag. And the really embarrassing part is that, as I understand it, they are a mixture of ground coffee and instant. Yikes! But a little boiling water and three minutes or so of brewing will give you a very decent cup of joe. Not weak...nothing like lame tea whatsoever. Most mornings I am not really into a fussy production. Love the quickness and simplicity.

    (If I had money to burn, I'd perhaps try these little pre-portioned, single-serving, ground coffees with their over-priced, proprietary machines.)

  • medmonds13 Aug 4, 2010

    Make sure you all try "The Diner" on Glenwood South. Great cup of coffee brewed fresh 24 hours a day. It's a lot like the Dunkin Donut Blend. Always hot, amd always has a great meal to go along with it.

  • rand321 Aug 4, 2010

    I also like the iced lattes at Swift Creek in Garner.

  • bquiller Aug 4, 2010

    Bill, just buy your beans from Cup A Joe. The Panama has been brewing up nice on my home coffee pot.

  • rand321 Aug 4, 2010

    Beyu Cafe in downtown Durham had a great espresso and house blend.

  • jellybeanz Aug 4, 2010

    My Keurig with any Timothy's brand of coffee...better than any cafe/coffee house.

  • Squirreling Dervish Aug 4, 2010

    I go to my house. I have a wonderful cuisinart coffee maker and I use either Starbucks "Kenya" coffee, or The Fresh Market French Roast Blend. I like a cup of coffee strong enough to slap me across the face, and both of those will do it. My husband says I make the best cuppa in Raleigh. Bless that man.

  • trinity_quickblade Aug 4, 2010

    I know you love java jive, I've seen you and the fish in there quite a few times. If you're not doing Larry's, I'd go for Joe Van Gogh. It's sold in a few favorite is in Hillsborough. They use the fresh local organic latte I've ever had.




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