Bean Traders

Coffee Shop$$$$
Durham
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  • John D.
    "avoid the chocolate habanero coffee."(3 Tips)
    Michael M.
    "My favorite local coffee shop"(2 Tips)
    Emily C.
    "Their cafe au lait is much creamier than SBUX."(10 Tips)
    David P.
    "Always the best way to go or cold brewed ice coffee...fantastic!"(7 Tips)
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  • J A.
    J ArangoMay 13
    Everything is great at BT, delicious treats and beverages served with knowledgeable care. Only wish they were open longer hours- can any coffee shopnbe open past 8?Bean Traders is the best one in RTP.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TApril 20, 2015
    Such a fantastic place! Great coffee, some of the nicest staff, a huge space, and some fun quirks like a candy bar and spicy chocolate coffee. This place is quintessential Durham and I love it.
  • Cassie S.
    Cassie SmithSeptember 7, 2015
    The iced coffee was delicious. Best I've ever had and the staff was great! Loved the vibe of the place. Wish I could be there everyday but sadly I live in MN.
  • Bradford M.
    Bradford MitchellOctober 9, 2013
    Moms bring there kids here=lots of noise. Some groups hold meetings here and take the tables. Definitely not a place to come get work done and relax like any other shop. Still has a great vibe tho.
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie G. GallinaNovember 18, 2013
    Lots of good things here! They make great smoothies and the coffees of the day are always delicious. My personal favorite is the chocolate raspberry muffin which they usually have on the weekends!
  • Nastassia A.
    From NJ. Searched the best coffee shops in the area I stayed in. I believe I came here every morning for coffee! Friendly people, great playlists, awesome coffee. Hands down, loveee Bean Traders!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MMarch 8, 2011
    My favorite local coffee shop and I find myself driving out of my way to get here. Dave is a pro on the espresso machine, a huge Phish fan and makes everyone who comes in feel very welcome.
  • John D.
    John DervinMay 14, 2014
    avoid the chocolate habanero coffee. this spicy devil will get its hooks in you and you won't be able to start the day without it. growlers of the iced version are now a must-have
  • Karina C.
    Karina ChandlerJune 9, 2012
    This is, by far, the best coffee shop within a 40 mile radius. The coffee is amazing and staff are welcoming. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Definitely try a chai or green tea latte
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HarrisApril 9, 2013
    Best coffee I've ever had. I promise that anything you get will be delicious. If you're looking for something a little different try the Chocolate Habanero iced coffee!
  • Ivan U.
    Ivan UrlaubAugust 20, 2013
    Coffee and staff are great, awesome food. Seating is blocky, uncomfortable, and music is unfamiliar and annoying. If changed music, added couches, would be much much better
  • Aditya A.
    Aditya AmbadkarAugust 16, 2014
    Awesome tea. The whole experience of choosing the leaves and brewing to perfection was great. bagel sandwich was really difficult to eat.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comAugust 20, 2012
    I love this Bean Traders’ mint hot chocolate; it’s not too minty, and it’s got a subtle chocolate flavor that is just right for warming this gal up on a cold wintry day. Read more
  • Katie T.
    Katie TurnerApril 28, 2013
    They carry delicious donuts-cinnamon sugar and chocolate were both surprisingly moist. Coffee is always great. Love the butter flavored. Get a bag to go!
  • Ibrahim S.
    Ibrahim SiddiqAugust 8, 2014
    Wonderful spot for morning coffee, quick biz meeting, or just to chill out. Ome of the very best coffee shops I've been to.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MJuly 31, 2012
    Dave says "I'm actually descended from a long line of octopus" commenting on his ability to serve up his most delicious coffee creations. Watch him and you'll agree.
  • GoTriangle
    GoTriangleApril 5, 2012
    Chillax on the bus and then show your Regional Day Pass at the counter to get $1 off your beverage or 1/2 off if you bring your own mug. Read more
  • Teddy M.
    Teddy MaggianiDecember 15, 2015
    It would be easier to forget it's in a strip mall if the whole place wasn't bathed in fluorescent light. Really ruins the experience.
  • Felisa
    FelisaMarch 4
    Amazing coffee with an excellent selection. Fabulous food, including gluten free and vegan/vegetarian options.
  • Gabriel L.
    Gabriel LoweMay 7, 2010
    Fantastic cappucinos and lattes. These folks love what they do and it shows in the presentation and quality!
  • Michael N.
    Michael NoviAugust 27, 2010
    Covering over the electrical outlets?!?! I'd have gladly paid for internet access, if you kept the juice (coffee and electrical) flowing. Now might have to abandon my quest to be mayor of BT.
  • Emily C.
    Emily ChappellJanuary 31, 2011
    Husband swears by their triple dry cappuccino. Their cafe au lait is much creamier than SBUX. Love it.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MelehaniAugust 11, 2014
    Good coffee and mix of pastries. Also, dozens of choices of teas and other goods
  • h d.
    h dMarch 4
    Yummy and unexpected white tea blends served here! Will return when its cold and need a warm beverage
  • Brandi E.
    Brandi EvansSeptember 23, 2014
    Amazing coffee, amazing staff, amazing atmosphere. By far my favorite coffee place!
  • David P.
    David PhibbsJanuary 3, 2013
    Get a drip. Always the best way to go or cold brewed ice coffee...fantastic!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DeThomasFebruary 24, 2012
    Couple sprays of conditioner, little air from the blow dryer to seperate the matte, one brush and lots of elbow greese
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SlaterJanuary 18, 2010
    The coffee is better than Starbucks. The French press pot was a little weak, tho
  • Clark E.
    Clark EllisMay 13, 2010
    Simply the best...coffee, people, atmosphere, etc. This is a great place to be!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HinsonMay 28, 2012
    The habenero iced mocha is amazing! Try it with skim no whip.
  • David M.
    David MMay 24, 2011
    Looks like the electrical outlets are open and being used ... Perhaps things have changed since earlier tips were posted.
  • BullCityChris
    BullCityChrisSeptember 11, 2011
    Dave is one of the best baristas in the triangle, if not the world.
  • Christanna H.
    Christanna HonerOctober 17, 2011
    Skip Starbucks and come here. A staff of friendly hippies will make you a mind blowing latte:)
  • Aaron
    AaronAugust 27, 2015
    Best iced coffee in Durham and also great place to buy beans.
  • Marion
    MarionDecember 10, 2014
    The staff and atmosphere make up for the lackluster chai
  • lindsay f.
    lindsay freyAugust 31, 2014
    cold brew is legit + baristas are insanely nice
  • Tim B.
    Tim BadsteinAugust 7, 2012
    Spice it up a bit and try the Iced Chocolate Habanero while it's still on special.
  • JD
    JDJuly 14, 2013
    The reviews don't lie. These hippies are pretty happy serving coffee.
  • David Morris P.
    David Morris ParsonOctober 3, 2010
    Covered over outlets so u can't plugged n ANYTHING. No computer, iPod, iPad, etc. FAIL.
  • Alex V.
    Alex VillAugust 7, 2014
    Honey vanilla latte is seriously the best latte I've ever had!
  • Elisha Gutloff, M.
    Friendliest staff in Durham! I always feel welcome!
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah V.September 1, 2011
    chai lattes are super weak, but the coffee is always rockin!
  • ashley l.
    ashley livelyAugust 19, 2010
    Best coffee shop in town hands down. Love this place and love the people.
  • Carol B.
    Carol BJanuary 15, 2012
    Best coffee, nicest people and a great way to wake up before a kick-ass class at sync cycle
  • Kacy F.
    Kacy FortnerNovember 16, 2013
    Wifi password is "jerrygarcia" on "Drink Some Bean!"
  • Mike D.
    Mike DubnikMay 11, 2015
    Coffee, bagels, and really awesome creamcheeses.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PrimusJanuary 11, 2014
    Try everything... but not all on the same visit!
  • Lauren s.
    Lauren sOctober 29, 2013
    Pumpkin spice latte is the best everrrrrrrrr
  • Christanna H.
    Christanna HonerFebruary 7, 2013
    Chai is horrible. Get coffee! You'll thank me.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WatchousJanuary 28, 2012
    One of the hottest Americanos you can get.
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