Finding the Best Coffee in the Triangle

There’s nothing like a warm cup of coffee in the morning…and in the afternoon…and sometimes in the evening, depending on how chaotic things get. There’s also nothing like a coffee shop, with their relaxed ambience and endless variety of caffeinated beverages. If you’ve got a long day ahead of you, need a quiet place to meet a friend, or just want something sweet, here are some great places to grab coffee in the Triangle.

Chapel Hill: Caffe Driade

In a college town like Chapel Hill, coffee is a precious commodity. Though Caffe Driade shares an address on Franklin Street with student favorites, its location away from campus – and in a wooded area – gives it an entirely different vibe.

Caffe Driade’s building is modern, angular and surrounded by trees. Inside, its baristas – trained by the Barista Guild of America and the Specialty Coffee Association – take their craft very seriously. This extends to the beans, sourced from around the world through Carrboro Coffee Roasters. Through that same partnership, Driade offers workshops on latte art, coffee tastings, and more fun events.

Raleigh: Benelux Coffee

The potentially confusing name of Benelux Coffee, with two locations in Raleigh, is not mere gibberish. Benelux refers to the shared area of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Those European roots are evident here, with décor featuring bikes – icons of Amsterdam – and a menu that includes delicious Belgian waffles.

Benelux roasts all their coffee in-house, and also offers a selection of teas available in bulk. They also host a cycling club on Tuesdays, in case you need to work off calories from steamed milk.

Durham: Cocoa Cinnamon

What’s in a name? At Durham’s Cocoa Cinnamon, quite a lot, as their extensive variety of drinks and coffees offer precisely such flavors. Like Caffe Driade, CC’s coffee is roasted in house under the 4th Dimension Brand, and their baked goods and menu items are all sourced locally.

The menus vary based on location, but the staples are all there. We definitely suggest you try the La Frida, a spicy mole latte garnished with rose petals.

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