Pssst. So, in case you are not aware, Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day and October 1 is International Coffee Day.
We know it is becoming increasingly more difficult to keep up with all of these national and international celebrations for certain foods, drinks and whatever else people may be celebrating.
But, this is one, we can really get behind. I mean, who doesn’t like coffee? Well, sure, there are tea drinkers, who prefer tea, but there are many people around the world who drink a cup of java every day.
So, in celebration of both of these coffee “holidays”, we give you 10 local coffee spots where you can pick up your favorite beverage to help you celebrate.
Bison Coffee, Washington Township NJ
Bison Coffee is owned by father-son duo Donald B. Pierce III and Donald B. Pierce IV.
The flagship location is in the historic 1600 Callowhill building in Philadelphia. Its newest location is at the Washington Square Town Center in South Jersey.
Bison offers regular coffee, espressos, latte, cappuccino, macchiato, mocha, Americano, hot chocolate, chai latte, cold brew, hand pour and more.
The shop offers pastries, such as croissants, cinnamon buns and beignets.
Go: 253 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Washington Township. bisoncoffeecompany.com/
Brown Dog Café, Audubon NJ
Three words hit you when you go to the Brown Dog Café website: Coffee. Food. Smiles.
There are double espressos, cold brews, iced lattes, chai lattes and smoothies.
The shop serves ELIXR Coffee, it says.
There are French pastries, croissants, chicken salad and more to eat.
The café’s special of the season is an ice cream doughnut sandwich. You read that right.
Go: 120 W. Merchant Street, Audubon, 856-544-9301; browndogcafe.net/
Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, Hammonton NJ
It’s the perfect place for a first date. Really perfect.
The coffee bar and sweetery is located in downtown Hammonton, on a street where there’s also a nice Italian restaurant, a popular toy store and so much more to see.
There are hot and cold freshly brewed coffees and teas. It offers lattes, espresso, frappes, hot chocolate, seasonal specials, fresh fruit smoothies and more. Breakfast options include egg sandwiches, avocado toast, breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, pastries, oatmeal, Greek yogurt parfaits, bagels and more. Lunch choices include soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, sides and more.
Oh and there are scones, muffins, biscotti, cookies, cheesecake, cupcakes, custard parfaits and Danish.
Go: 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, 609-561-2600; cascianocoffee.com/
Evermore Coffee Roasters, Burlington City NJ
Located in the Arts District of Burlington City, the coffee shop serves “high-quality coffee and espresso that is roasted in-house and in small batches to ensure quality,” it says.
Evermore has called East Union Street home for about six years. The location features warm lighting, dark walls and industrial design elements, along with plenty of seating.
Some of the current Autumn Nostalgia – Fall Specials include: Whiskey Maple - espresso and milk, barrel-aged maple syrup; Slightly skewed cider – slightly skewed house blend coffee, steamed apple cider and oat milk, Xocolatl mole bitters, caramel, sprinkled with cinnamon; Honey Cardamom Cold Brew, Cold brew, house-made honey cardamom simple syrup, sweet cream cold foam, topped with cinnamon and apple cider.
Go: 30 East Union Street, Burlington City, 609-699-1088; evermorecoffee.com/
Harvest Coffee Roastery, Medford, Voorhees NJ
Owner and master roaster Joe Johnston opened the Medford shop about 10 years ago.
Harvest Coffee Roastery moved to its new Medford location at The Feed Mill at Medford Village in the last year.
It offers a seasonal rotation of 10 to 15 different varietals.
There is also Japanese iced coffee or nitro coffee for something cold.
Hot teas, chai lattes, nitro teas and hot cocoas are also available.
Harvest Roastery also appears at the Burlington County Farmers Market on Saturdays from May through October.
Go: 8109 Town Center Blvd., Voorhees and 67 North Main St., Medford, 856-281-9645 and 609-975-8484; harvestcoffee.com
Inclusion Coffee Shop, Elmer NJ
Vineland native Amanda Vellon opened a bright and welcoming coffee shop in the small town of Elmer in Salem County in the spring.
Her shop offers coffee, specialty beverages, sandwiches and baked goods.
“The name of the café, my son, Rome, just turned a year old in May,” Vellon explained. “He has Down syndrome. Unfortunately, our ride in learning that he had Down syndrome was pretty traumatic to say the least. It just sparked a drive in me to spread how beautiful differences are because I think a lot of people still look at it in such a way … We learned pretty early on the importance of inclusion.”
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Her shop opened on Main Street in April and Vellon’s goal is to continue to grow the café and hire more people with special needs.
Go: 119 S. Main Street,Elmer, 856-712-2517; Inclusion-Coffee-Shop/100083355638217/
Nuanced Café, Camden NJ
Rosemari Hicks opened her venture on Market Street in Camden in 2021.
The “serial entreprenuer”, also owns Co-Work Street, a shared workspace for micro-businesses, and a human resources consulting business.
Nuanced Café provides her “with another avenue in which to serve a community,” she told the Courier Post previously.
The café was established in 2020 and combines Hicks’ passion for coffees, teas and healthy juices.
“By opening the café, I was finally able to combine my talents into a cohesive dream of what makes me come alive and how to collectively live out my purpose,” she stated.
Staff takes orders at a coffee bar decorated with mosaic tiles.
Go: 225 Market Street, Camden; nuancedcafe.com/
The Piccolo Café, Vineland NJ
A cool, little coffeehouse. Comfortable, cozy shop that has a Mom and Pop feel, according to some of its visitors.
How about a brown sugar or pumpkin cold foam?
If you want to be really bad, maybe add a "silky" red velvet cake slice with rich cream cheese frosting.
In addition to coffee, customers can get breads and plenty of other homemade baked goods.
There are both hot and cold drinks, including lattes, milkshakes, teas and comfort foods like burgers, waffle fries, paninis and avocado toast.
Go: 3569 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, 856-563-0009; instagram.com/thepiccolocafe/?hl=en
Revolution Coffee Roasters, Collingswood NJ
Owned and operated by friends, Steve McFadden and Justin Ettore, Revolution Coffee Roasters has macchiatos to mochas to beans to brew at home.
That covers pretty much all the bases, right?
They’ve got matcha and chai for the tea lovers.
In the last week, Revolution Coffee Roasters has been offering morning bars, blueberry and apple muffins from Constellation Collective.
Go: 809 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, 856-240-0640; revolutioncoffeeroasters.com
Trouble Brewing Coffee House, Haddon Heights NJ
This cozy little shop serves La Colombe coffee, a distributor located in Philadelphia.
Some of their coffee blends include Corsica, which includes deep, dark chocolate tones and a bold coffee flavor, named for an ancient island in the Mediterranean; Nizza, a medium roast blend, named for the city of Nice, France.
The Haddon Heights shop has brioche breakfast sandwiches, croissants, a variety of panini and an assortment of pastries and muffins. There are lattes, chai tea latte, cappuccino and more.
Go: 514 Station Ave., Haddon Heights, 856-617-6638; troublebrewingcoffeehouse.com
Celeste E. Whittaker is a news features reporter for the Courier Post, Daily Journal and Burlington County Times. The South Jersey native started at the CP in 1998 and has covered the Philadelphia 76ers, college and high school sports and has won numerous awards for her work. Reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @cp_CWhittaker.
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This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: National Coffee Day 2022: South Jersey restaurants to try