Our Five Faves

Best Coffee Shop

Posted October 10, 2011 11:13 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2011 8:54 a.m. EDT

First of all, a sincere thanks to all who have participated in the conversations regarding our "five faves."

It's terribly difficult selecting only five for each category as there are so many wonderful establishments in the area.

As we saw last week with BBQ, you all are extremely passionate about supporting your favorites and we are thrilled to be a part of that conversation.  All of your comments are read and much appreciated.

Coffee shops are no different.  For many people they serve as an office, a home away from home or a place to meet new friends.  In no particular order, here are our five favorites:

Joe Van Gogh (Durham): Amazingly friendly baristas and locally-roasted fair trade beans make JVG in Durham a must-visit.

Morning Times (Raleigh):  Consistency at its absolute finest. Be prepared to be greeted with a smile, usually by local artist and long-time manager Casey Porn.  The coffee drinks are always delicious and their breakfast is some of the best made-to-order stuff we've had from a coffee shop.

Beyu Cafe (Durham): Owner DJ Bolden, a Duke graduate, wanted to create a coffee shop where you could "be yourself."  Stop in a give the "heart & soul" blend a try.  

Benelux Cafe (Raleigh): Benelux, a combination of the words Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, was opened earlier this year in City Market by Steve Halaszi and his wife, Keta.  The tandem successfully created a shop with a fun, European flair located a bit off the beaten path.  Steve and Keta are some of the nicest people we've met in the business and there is no doubt you will feel right at home at Benelux Cafe.

3 Cups (Chapel Hill): Also serving fine wine and tea, 3 cups offers a coffee experience second to none in Chapel Hill with one of the best espressos around.

 Alright coffee lovers, what'd we miss?