The 10 Coolest Coffee Shops in North Carolina!

Looking to slip away into the coziness of a coffee shop? Maybe you’re looking to meet up with a friend, or a date. Maybe you’re going in for a few hours of focused studying. Whatever you’re looking for, North Carolina has a coffee shop that suits your needs all while keeping you caffeinated. Here are the 10 coolest coffee shops in North Carolina.

1. Cup-A-Joe, Raleigh, NC

Both of Cup-A-Joe’s locations in Raleigh have remained favorites for locals and visitors alike. On Hillsborough Street, visitors can choose individually brewed cups of coffee made from any of the fresh-roasted local beans.

2. Cocoa Cinnamon, Durham, NC

Cocoa Cinnamon has plans to supply their shops with their own micro-roastery, connecting the two Durham locations by designating a different component of their process to each shop for independent, wholesome business.

3. Green Bean, Greensboro, NC

If the slogan’s promise of “tasty coffee and eats” isn’t specific enough to convince you to visit Green Bean, consider checking their events schedule for live in-shop music or buying a cup of Joe van Gogh coffee to support the local scene.

4. Folks Café, Wilmington, NC

Although it’s been 17 years after humble beginnings as a neighborhood coffee shop, Folks Café’s keys to success remain unchanged: fair trade, organic coffee made in small batches for the best possible quality.

5. The Open Eye Café, Carrboro, NC

Lovingly known as “Carrboro’s living room,” Open Eye Café hosts live music and displays art to connect with its local community, living up to its intimate reputation. The café also offers whole leaf tea, wine, and beer in addition to coffee for all its guests’ preferences.

6. Rush Espresso Café, Charlotte, NC

Rush Espresso Café operates out of two locations in Charlotte, catering to both the customers in Ballantyne who join the flagship café during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the fast-paced environment of the central business district at Brevard Court.

7. High Five Coffee Bar, Asheville, NC

Counter Culture Coffee fuels High Five’s business by providing sourcing, roasting, and training, which allows the coffee bar to focus on creating new beverages from house-made syrups for its equally creative customers. 

8. Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge, Winston-Salem, NC

Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge prides itself on its attention to the needs of the customer experiences. From the industrial design of the interior to the clear-cut menu, the lounge wastes no time in providing its customers with its entirely North Carolina-sourced coffee.

9. Java Jive, Cary, NC

Java Jive is more than a coffee shop: with coffees, teas, smoothies, milkshakes, and a juice bar, there’s a beverage for every visitor’s tastes. And because Java Jive is supplied with beans from the owner and operator’s brother, supporting the shop supports a local family business.

10. Daily Grind, Morrisville, NC

Daily Grind understands exactly that, and offers all-day breakfast and lunch options alongside locally roasted beans by Stockton & Graham to break the routine.

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