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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.
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).
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.
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).
33 Bridge St., Frenchtown
The hot chocolate is made with ground chocolate straight from Flemington’s The Fudge Shoppe.
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.
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.
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.
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 gorgeous 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).
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.
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.
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon St., Princeton
254 Nassau St., Princeton
‘Tis the season! 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).