Fuel up: your guide to Raleigh’s java scene

Many Broughton students depend on their daily dose of java to beat the morning doldrums. It is no wonder that coffee is a hugely popular facet of the Raleigh foodie community.

Coffee houses have sprung up all over town. Raleigh’s coffee community is wide with many adherents being added daily. There are many popular favorites, but also some that are off the beaten path.

If you are looking for a new place to re-caffeinate, then look no further. Your one stop coffee shop guide is here.

The Classics: Raleigh’s staple java huts and cafés that are always a good choice.

  •     Starbucks

–       With locations practically everywhere and a huge menu, this is the go-to for every novice coffee-drinker. For the more experienced and daring, try something off of Starbuck’s hidden menu:

  1.     Mint Chocolate Chip Frappuccino- ask for a green tea Frappuccino with two pumps of peppermint syrup and java chips.
  2.     Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato- ask for an iced soy caramel macchiato upside down with a pump of vanilla syrup and cinnamon dolce syrup.
  3.     Black Forest Frappuccino- ask for a mocha cookie crumble Frappuccino but replace the vanilla syrup for a pump of raspberry.

“I think Starbucks is good but really overpriced,” said junior Martha Vann Alford.


  •      Caribou Coffee: 3101 Charles B Root Wynd Raleigh, NC

  3201 Brier Creek Pkwy #101 Raleigh, NC

–       This espresso specialty retailer is the second largest coffee chain in the United States after Starbucks. This coffee chain also has a large menu, but with more tea-drink options for those who love their tea. Caribou is always a good choice but may require a more time-intensive commute depending on where you are.

“I went to the one near Olde Raleigh and it’s a Caribou and a Brueggers, and I really like how they have both together; it makes getting breakfast a lot easier,” said senior Jessica Reavis.


  •      The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: 4325 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, NV

–       Hailing from Southern California, this coffee chain is no stranger to Hollywood stars who drink it religiously. See what all the fuss is about and visit for a satisfying caffeine experience.

“Coffee Bean is really good, but it has a kind of different flavor than Starbucks so be prepared,” said senior Mary Wallace.


  •      Yellow Dog Bread Company: 219 E Franklin St .Raleigh NC

–       With an interesting name and distinct coffee style, Yellow Dog is a must-go for all coffee addicts. They also specialize in an array of yummy pastries to satisfy any sweet tooth.

“I really liked their bread,” said junior Taylor Dozier.

  •      Jubala Village Coffee: 8450 Honeycutt Rd #104 Raleigh NC

–       This hut located in North Raleigh is well worth the trip. The lovely space is airy and quaint featuring a chalkboard menu and a wall covered in photographs. The coffee is a particular favorite of many Broughton students. Also try their homemade biscuits that are sure to melt in your mouth.

“I loved their vanilla latte with skim milk, and the presentations were divine. The atmosphere was also really nice,” said junior Neeki Tahsilli.


Raleigh Novelties: Are you looking for a place with that classic Raleigh Vibe? Look no further than these Raleigh favorites.

  •      Sola Coffee Café: 7705 Lead Mine Rd Raleigh, NC

–       Selling Counter Culture Coffee and Gourmet sandwiches, salads, bakery and their signature Hot Minis. Their emphasis is placed on supporting  locally owned businesses. The perfect pair to their excellent java is their Hot Mini donuts- rolled in cinnamon and sugar and prepared fresh all day long.


  •   Morning Times: 10 E Hargett St. Raleigh, NC

–       Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, this hipster café has signature coffee drinks that are sure to please. A comfortable upstairs gallery with a lot of seating is perfect for doing homework while enjoying a delicious drink.

“I like it because it’s a hole in the wall place and a great place to study. The lattes are heaven,” said junior Genna Simpkins.


  •      Hereghty Patisserie: 2603 Glenwood Ave #123 Raleigh, NC

–       This specialty pastry shop is conveniently located in the heart of Raleigh, and serves heavenly première coffee drinks with a French emphasis. Their hot chocolate comes highly recommended.

“Great iced coffee,” said senior Adria Johnson.


Benelux Coffee: 402 Oberlin Road #118, Raleigh, NC 27605

–    Benelux is a new Cameron Village institution. Situated in the 402 Oberlin complex, Benelux has excited Raleigh coffee-drinkers. It is famous for its deluxe waffles more than anything else, which you can get topped with fruit, chocolate, whipped cream, and all manner of other toppings.

“The waffles are amazing, but the coffee leaves a lot to be desired. Parking is difficult,” said junior Jada Coleman.

Try a new coffee confection and location with one of these Raleigh favorites. Fuel up and explore the Raleigh coffee scene. Enjoy!