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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.

America’s Cup Coffee and Tea Company

633 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park

The specially curated, blended and roasted Asbury Perk drip is a great choice for first-time visitors.

Ara Coffee

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!

Bean & Bean Coffee

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.

The Beanery

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.

Bean Vault Coffee

1 Newark St., Hoboken

Try the house-made honey lavender syrup in a hot or iced latte.

Black River Roasters

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).

Boxwood Coffee

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.

Brewed Awakening

417 Main St., Metuchen

Try a banana mocha latte or a lemongrass chai latte with fresh ginger and turmeric if you dabble in tea.

Cafe Flora

100 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill

Try the White Lily Latte with vanilla and caramel, or the cherry blossom mocha with cherry and chocolate.

Caffe Bene

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.

Cheech's Own Coffee Company

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.

The Coffee Corral

177 Dr. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank

Get a taste of the Autumn brew, a medium roast African brew with seasonal spices.

The Coffee Potter

24 Schooleys Mountain Rd., Long Valley

This spot prides itself on being a community hub, and hosts open mics for locals to come together.

Cool Beans International Coffees and Teas

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.

Crescent Moon Coffee & Tea

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).

Early Bird

33 Bridge St., Frenchtown

The hot chocolate is made with ground chocolate straight from Flemington’s The Fudge Shoppe.

Erie Coffeeshop & Bakery

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.

The Fine Grind

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.

Grover's Mill Coffeehouse & Roastery

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). 

Hidden Grounds

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.

How You Brewin? Coffee Company

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.

Inkwell Coffee House

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. 

Java Love

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.

Jersey Java and Tea Co.

140 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield

Try an Americola to wake yourself up, a Mexican coke with a shot of espresso.

Koffeewagon Roasters

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.

Kuppi Coffee Company

725 River Rd., Unit 47, Edgewater

The stunning lavender yuzu lemonade is a summer fave here.

Lava Java House

500 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette

You can get tons of unique flavors in your cup of joe, including cupcake, maple and peanut butter.

The Moth Coffeehouse

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).

Priscilla’s Pantry

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.

Red Eye Cafe

94 Walnut St., Montclair

The signature drink here is the New Orleans Sludge, a French roast iced coffee with unique spices.

Ridgewood Coffee Company

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.

Roast Coffee Co.

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.

Rojo’s Roastery

243 N. Union St., Lambertville
33 Palmer Square W., Princeton

The Lambertville location is the main roastery for all beans sold at both spots.

Rook Coffee

Multiple locations

Taste flavors from Ethiopia to Costa Rica to Bali at this small-batch joint.

Short Grain

183 Montgomery St., Jersey City

Their Vietnamese iced coffee is not only blended with chicory, but sweetened with condensed milk.

Small World Coffee

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.

Sweets and Cortaditos

138 Washington Ave., Belleville

It doesn’t get more authentically Cuban than a cafe con leche or a cortadito with a guava pastry.

The Treehouse Coffee Shop and Cafe

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).

Turnstile Coffee Roasters

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.

Van Gogh’s Ear

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).

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