The weather is getting cooler and coffee season is finally here! Sure, I enjoy coffee all year long, but now it keeps me awake AND warm. Coffee shops are the perfect place to spend a fall or winter day, and I definitely prefer local businesses over big chains. Sure, Starbucks is great, but you’ll only find these cozy coffeehouses in New Jersey.
1. Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters, Maywood
Voted Best Coffee in Bergen County by (201) Magazine, Moon Doggie also offers incredible hot chocolate. To top it all off, the shop works closely with Basset Hound rescue groups and sells a selection of dog treats to support charity.
2. The Beanery, Point Pleasant Beach
Enjoy coffee, tea, and cafe favorites at this local meeting spot. The shop also offers a space for private parties and events.
3. Brewed Awakening, Metuchen
Good food, good service, great coffee! Try the Caramel Latte.
4. The Fine Grind, Little Falls
Enjoy an amazing cup of coffee, fantastic events, and goods from local vendors. This shop is very community-oriented, bringing people together with free workshops, free WiFi, open-mic nights, and more.
5. Avalon Coffee Company, Cape May
This shore staple offers 8 locations in the Cape May area. The quality coffee and bagels are local favorites.
6. Buck's Coffee, Lambertville
Enjoy piping hot coffee with ice cream on the side at this cafe/art gallery.
7. Cool Beans, Oradell
Cool Beans offers a welcoming atmosphere, a variety of events, and flavorful drinks. Enjoy coffee, tea, smoothies, and liquor! A shot of espresso and glass of wine would be perfect together.
8. Cool Beans, Toms River
Totally separate from Cool Beans in Oradell, this Toms River coffee shop offers some of the sweetest drinks around. They've also won several "Jersey Choice Awards" from New Jersey Monthly.
9. Grover's Mill Coffee House, West Windsor
The coffee here is out of this world! The Martian-themed shop is based on Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast. Yes, the one that had residents convinced that aliens had actually landed in New Jersey.
10. Cloveberry, Sparta
Enjoy local farm-fresh milk and amazing fall flavors! Be sure to try the Mexican Spice Cocoa or Pumpkin Chai Latte.
11. How You Brewin?, Surf City/Barnegat Light
It goes without saying that the coffee is great, but the desserts are to die for! Chocolate fans will love "Dark Side of the Moon." The Surf City location offers free WiFi to customers.
12. Coffee Corral, Red Bank
This western-themed java joint offers a sizable selection of fair trade and/or organic coffee. To skip the lines, you can text your order ahead!
13. Bwe Kafe, Hoboken
"Bwe Kafe" translates to "drink coffee" from Haitian Creole. You'll love the coffee, atmosphere, and vegan snacks!
14. Revolution Coffee Roasters, Collingswood
Fresh ingredients, sustainable culture, and small batch roasts make this local favorite stand out.
15. Factory Fuel Co., Flemington
Housed in a re-purposed pottery factory, this local hot spot is one trendy hangout.
Have you visited any of these coffeehouses? What was your experience? Are there any other local java joints you would add to this list? I know we have dozens of incredible coffee shops in New Jersey, let me know which you love!