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RALEIGH

Café Helios

413 Glenwood Ave. • 838-5177 • cafehelios.com

Serving Counter Culture coffee within the walls of the old Plumbing and Heating building, Helios boasts architecture as award-winning as its baristas; Zach Neuman recently won the Southeast Brewer's Cup. Most drinks come hot or iced, like the white mocha and the miele, a latte with honey. The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items, such as sandwiches, salads and papas bravos.

Cup A Joe

3100 Hillsborough St. • 828-9665
2109-142 Avent Ferry Road in Mission Valley • 828-9886
cupajoe.com

Flanking both sides of NCSU's campus are two of the most established coffee shops in the Triangle. Known as one of the original roasters in the area, the beans are cooked seven days a week. And owner Jeff Gold is soon to be the proud papa of a 20-year-old: Cup A Joe celebrates its 20th anniversary this October.

The Morning Times

10 E. Hargett St. • 836-1204 • morningtimes-raleigh.com

This restaurant falls under the Empire Eats umbrella. Head barista Casey Porn serves Counter Culture brews from a pretty expansive coffee menu, along with breakfast items that were made to go with coffee: bagels, biscuits, muffins—you get the picture. Coffee goes just as well with their menu in the evening: Breakfast is served until 10 p.m. Works from the featured artist of the month can be enjoyed at The Morning Times Gallery upstairs. Try not to spill any coffee while you're up there.

Tin Roof Teas

(formerly TeaGschwendner)
419-B Daniels St. in Cameron Village • 834-9000 • tinroofteas.com

It's a good thing owner Ryan Hinson had a hard time sleeping. That's what led him to try tea—anything for some shut-eye. Turns out he fell in love with the act of steeping leaves, even though it did little to cure his insomnia. Partnering with his brother, he opened the teashop in Cameron Village in the fall of 2009, originally called TeaGschwendner as a distributor of that line. Though he still contracts with the company, he is now independent and has changed the name to something a little easier to pronounce. The shop features tea accessories as well as a tea-to-go bar and some 250 varieties. Turns out running a business and vending something he's passionate about was just the trick; he now sleeps like a baby.

DURHAM

Beyú Caffé

335 W. Main St. • 683-1058 • beyucaffe.com

With a focus on coffee in all its iterations, this might be the largest coffee menu Durham's ever seen. There are caffé cocktails, frostaccinos (ice-blended coffee drinks) and traditional caffé beverages like the espresso con panna and caffé au-lait. Owner Dorian Bolden left the corporate world and opened Beyu in late 2009 to create a place where you can "be you." And drink lots of coffee as you have breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or just dessert. Bolden currently sells his locally roasted "Heart & Soul" house blend, as well as single-origin and flavored coffees.

Old Havana Sandwich Shop

310 E. Main St. • 667-9525 • oldhavanaeats.com

Cuban-style coffee is not the star of this authentic Cuban menu, but it was a big motivator for the owners to take the plunge and try their hand as restaurateurs. Elizabeth Turnbull swears her real motives reside in a barista fantasy. Don't be dismayed by the paper cups; she dishes up the steaming hot café con leche using real Cuban coffee. Enjoy it with a traditional Cuban breakfast of guava pastelitos or pan con timba.

Parker & Otis

112 S. Duke St. • 683-3200 • parkerandotis.com

A new coffee machine and local milk make owner Jennings Brody boldly state that she serves the best coffee in Durham. They use Counter Culture's Espresso Toscano beans and Homeland Creamery milk, and they sport a new La Marzocco machine with dual boiler technology, which optimizes both brewing and steam production. It also has three group heads and two steam wands, so the line moves fast. Seasonal drinks frequent the expansive menu. Parker & Otis also sells loose-leaf teas and accessories throughout the store.

CHAPEL HILL

3CUPS

227 S. Elliott Road • 968-8993 • 3cups.net

Managing partner Lex Alexander had no shortage of forethought when he opened this coffee and tea (and wine) place. This is the same guy who founded Wellspring Grocery and then helped bring Whole Foods Market to the Triangle. With a focus on buying beans from small farms in origin countries, he works with Counter Culture to foster direct-trade relationships with the farmers themselves, all over the globe. In the store, the coffee is made to order in press pots, from beans custom-roasted to medium level, since that's how 3CUPS rolls. In the shop, you can buy everything one needs to make the perfect cup of coffee, from grinders to scales.

Caffé Driade

1215 E. Franklin St. • 942-2333 • caffedriade.com

Owner Scott Conary also owns Open Eye Café and the Carrboro Coffee Company. Michael Harwood, who works at all three, won the 2011 Southeast Regional Barista Competition last month. Driade keeps it simple: There are about a dozen espresso drinks, along with traditional brewed coffee and a large selection of whole-leaf teas, all reasonably priced.

CARRBORO

Johnny's of Carrboro

901 W. Main St. • 932-5070 • johnnyscarrboro.com

For the last three years, this landmark (previously a bait shop) has been known mainly for beer, wine and the food trucks that frequent its parking lot. But owner Brian Plaster has big plans, which include bagels, a breakfast bar and a shiny new Cimbali espresso machine. He already sells locally roasted Kind Coffee, thanks to his friends over at Jessee's Coffee & Bar (jesseescoffee.com), and he loves his particular roast with beans that hail from New Guinea, but a whole new coffee menu with a focus on traditional Italian caffe is on the way.

APEX

The Pineapple Tea Room

111 N. Salem St. • 303-0411 • pineappletearoom.com

In the name of Southern hospitality, Kendra Haden and Carol Bolding opened this tea parlor in 2002, hosting special events and selling tea and tea accoutrements from the homey confines of their Apex shop. They serve a high tea featuring tea sandwiches, sweets and scones with clotted cream and lemon curd, accompanying the pot of your choice—and they offer more than 100 teas to choose from. (Reservations are required since they do not prepare the food themselves.)

TRIANGLEWIDE

Joe Van Gogh

Joe Van Gogh • 1104 Broad St. • Durham • 286-4800
Joe Van Gogh • 120 Science Drive • Durham • 660-5078
Cup A Joe • 1129 Weaver Dairy Road • Chapel Hill • 967-2002
joevangogh.com
Cup A Joe • 120 W. King St. • Hillsborough • 732-8056

(Roberts sold the Hillsborough shop to employees but still owns a small part, and they use his beans.)

For more than 15 years, this local roaster has been serving coffee around the Triangle, with two locations sporting the name Cup A Joe. Founder Robbie Roberts split from the Cup A Joe franchise long ago but kept rights to the name outside Wake County. Roberts works with small farms in origin countries whenever possible, but he also maintains relationships with distributors who honor his philosophy. He says the next focus will be on single servings of coffee—brew bars as the wave of the coffee future—and he is on top of it.

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