Here Are Some of New Jersey’s Most Unique Coffee Shops
If you love a good cup of java, put these indy spots on your list.
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It’s National Coffee Day, people! Which means it’s the perfect excuse (as if you needed one) to caffeinate with a next-level cup. In honor of this all-American holiday on Sept. 29, we’ve rounded up some of New Jersey's most unique java joints along with a pro tip on what to try. Don't see your fave on the list? Help another coffee-lover out and tell us about it in the comments.
633 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park
The specially curated, blended and roasted Asbury Perk drip is a great choice for first-time visitors.
6 Ames Ave. Rutherford
Sip local artisan coffee, roasted in house and served with a pastry. Ara specializes in beans from across the globe, including Ethiopia, Guatemala, Colombia and Brasil. If you want something a little sweeter, try their fresh bubble tea!
189 Main St #8A, Fort Lee
If you love tea, you’ll love Bean & Bean coffee, where they specialize in Tavalon's premium loose leaf teas, flavored with peppermint, lemongrass and even vanilla beans.
516 Bay Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
The honey espresso (a double shot with honey whip, nutmeg and cinnamon) is a sweet start to any day.
1 Newark St., Hoboken
Try the house-made honey lavender syrup in a hot or iced latte.
424 US Highway 22 W., Whitehouse Station
Join the Coffee Club to get monthly shipments of whole or ground coffee sent to your doorstep (select the Chris’ Choice package to let the roastmaster choose for you).
17 Beechwood Rd., Summit
This coffee shop offers locally roasted coffee with the ambiance to match. Take a seat and sing your heart out during their open mic night or test your knowledge during their quiz game night.
417 Main St., Metuchen
Try a banana mocha latte or a lemongrass chai latte with fresh ginger and turmeric if you dabble in tea.
100 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill
Try the White Lily Latte with vanilla and caramel, or the cherry blossom mocha with cherry and chocolate.
356 George St., New Brunswick
Caffe Bene specializes in refreshing drinks with a twist. Cool of with their fresh strawberry iced latte or warm up with a cup of their ginger apple cider.
37 West Main St., Somerville
Cheech's cold brew is made with organic beans and steeped for a whopping 24 hours.
44 Main St., Clinton
Java junkies on Yelp rave about the cranberry scones.
177 Dr. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank
Get a taste of the Autumn brew, a medium roast African brew with seasonal spices.
24 Schooleys Mountain Rd., Long Valley
This spot prides itself on being a community hub, and hosts open mics for locals to come together.
304 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell
The menu speaks to both early birds and night owls with an extensive cafe menu, as well as a beer and wine list and cocktail selection.
141 Bridgeton Pike, Rte. 77, Mullica Hill
The coffee here is certified Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and “Bird Friendly” by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (that means the coffee farmers and environment are treated fairly and prioritized in the business process).
33 Bridge St., Frenchtown
The hot chocolate is made with ground chocolate straight from Flemington’s The Fudge Shoppe.
10 Franklin Pl., Rutherford
If you love Cake Boss, you’ll love this tiny bakery loaded with flavor. Wash down a scone or muffin with a cup of locally roasted coffee.
Locations in Little Falls, Paramus and Wayne
Bad treat yourself to the Banana Mellow, coffee flavored with banana and caramel topped with marshmallows, caramel sauce and a vanilla wafer.
295 Princeton Hightstown Rd., West Windsor
This café has a one-of-a-kind theme: Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds. Aliens and otherworldly coffee pair perfectly with paninis, pastries and soups (think everything from wild boar chili to espresso venison stew).
106 Easton Ave., New Brunswick
4C Easton Ave., New Brunswick
You love cold brew, but have you ever tried cold brew soda? Try it at the 4C Easton locale, where it’s made with cold brew, house-made soda, tropical flavors and mint.
8 North Long Beach Blvd., Surf City
14 W. 19th St., Barnegat Light
Cold brew is the star of the show here: the bold blend from Mexico’s Copper Canyon takes 24 hours to make. Ask for it nitro, or try the frozen cold brew horchata, based on the sweet and spicy Mexican drink.
665 2nd Ave., Long Branch
This spot's been a Jersey Shore staple since the '60s. Try an Inkacino or a specialty drink, like a Pie Latte or Espresso Royal. If you love chai, there's a menu of 19 to choose from.
49 Church St., Montclair
244 Bellevue Ave., Montclair
Flex your budding barista skills at a coffee class, where you’ll learn about the whole process from bean to shop.
140 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield
Try an Americola to wake yourself up, a Mexican coke with a shot of espresso.
155 Rte. 17 S., Hasbrouck Heights
Put a new twist on your usual orders: the Amazing Manzi adds chocolate to your espresso, while the all-natural fruit infusions will make your cold brew one of a kind.
725 River Rd., Unit 47, Edgewater
The stunning lavender yuzu lemonade is a summer fave here.
500 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette
You can get tons of unique flavors in your cup of joe, including cupcake, maple and peanut butter.
42 S. Main St., Allentown
Leave the 2 percent behind and sub milk with house-made sweet cream (it comes in vegan cashew flavor, too).
534 Lyons Rd., Liberty Corner
Have the kids in tow on your morning coffee run? Hook them up with an Italian soda, soda with fruit flavored syrup on ice splashed with half and half and topped with whipped cream.
94 Walnut St., Montclair
The signature drink here is the New Orleans Sludge, a French roast iced coffee with unique spices.
90 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
Don’t miss the Vietnamese iced coffee, French roasted java sweetened with chicory and topped with a splash of half and half.
Village at Taunton Forge
200 Tuckerton Rd., Medford
This family-owned spot roasts its own beans daily. Go here to buy high-end, small-batch beans and reserve blends like Whiskey Barrel-Aged, 100% Kona or Jamaica Blue Mountain.
243 N. Union St., Lambertville
33 Palmer Square W., Princeton
The Lambertville location is the main roastery for all beans sold at both spots.
Taste flavors from Ethiopia to Costa Rica to Bali at this small-batch joint.
183 Montgomery St., Jersey City
Their Vietnamese iced coffee is not only blended with chicory, but sweetened with condensed milk.
14 Witherspoon St., Princeton
254 Nassau St., Princeton
Every fall, sink your teeth into a freshly-made pumpkin scone full of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
138 Washington Ave., Belleville
It doesn’t get more authentically Cuban than a cafe con leche or a cortadito with a guava pastry.
120 W. Merchant St., Audubon
This spot makes their own bagels (you’ve got to try the housemade chipotle vegan mayo on a bagel sandwich).
1607 Highway 71, Belmar
This shop features specialty coffees from roasters including Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Counter Culture Coffee Roasters, not to mention their own in-house roasted brand.
1017 Stuyvesant Ave., Union
Treat yourself to a cafe confection latte like the raspberry truffle (raspberry and white chocolate) or the lucky charms (toasted marshmallow, vanilla and creme de menthe).