Lately I have been visiting a lot of Triangle Area coffee shops. I enjoy the different vibe each one offers and am a big fan of how they all feature great locally roasted coffee. Awhile back I checked out a cool little coffee shop called Cup A Joe in Hillsborough. The shop is housed in a small and somewhat narrow brick faced building and has some really neat exposed brick wall along the interior. Despite its small size, it does a great job of providing a cozy and welcoming environmental to enjoy some excellent coffee.
As you enter the coffee shop there are a small handful of tables on either side along the exposed red brick walls adorned with works from a local artist (this month’s art work by Dorothy Whitmore). If you liek to enjoy your drinks outside there are also two tables set up out front along the sidewalk. Cup A Joe serves coffee roasted right there in Hillsborough by local coffee roaster Joe Van Gogh. I am not a coffee expert, but my wife and I both agreed it tasted fantastic and made for some excellent cappuccinos and lattes.
If you want to take some of their great coffee home with you or get some as a gift for a friend they have a self serve station where you can scoop and weigh out your own whole bean coffee for purchase. Several different roasts are available including decaf options. If you don’t have your own coffee bean grinder at home the barista is more than happy to do it for you there at the shop.
Downtown Hillsborough is a place I still need to explore much more, but I am happy to have already discovered this cool coffee shop where I can relax and plan my future visits. You can learn more about Cup A Joe and stay updated on upcoming events at the shop by following them on their facebook fanpage here.
If you are looking for a good excuse to head out that way for a visit consider visiting downtown Hillsborough for one of their Last Friday artwalk events organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council. During these monthly events the dowtown area is buzzing with people visiting local art galleries, studios and shops and a free concert is featured on the old courthouse lawn. However, no visit for Last Friday would be complete without stopping by Cup A Joe for their monthly Pie Contest! The pie contest for May will feature Strawberry Pies. For more info about the Last Fridays festivities check out the event website.