Bean Traders

Coffee Shop$$$$
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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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  • 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.
  • Jacklynn
    JacklynnJuly 29
    Been here 10+ times
    LOVE this place!! Staff are AWESOME. Plenty of seating and wall sockets for when you're working from there. Menu is packed full of awesomeness. I recommend the Caramel Latte & Cinnamon Toast.
  • 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.
  • J A.
    J ArangoMay 13, 2016
    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.
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie G. GallinaNovember 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
    Nastassia AguileraApril 10, 2016
    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!
  • John D.
    John DervinMay 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Aditya A.
    Aditya AmbadkarAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome tea. The whole experience of choosing the leaves and brewing to perfection was great. bagel sandwich was really difficult to eat.
  • Bradford M.
    Bradford MitchellOctober 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HarrisApril 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Dan
    DanOctober 13
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee, service could be better. Love the coffee but the dismissive barista feels like a coffee shop cliche. Always get the chocolate coffee either iced or hot.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Dan
    DanSeptember 29
    Been here 5+ times
    The best independent coffee shop in the area. Love their Hot chocolate coffee iced or hot. A great place to get some work done too.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Felisa
    FelisaMarch 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing coffee with an excellent selection. Fabulous food, including gluten free and vegan/vegetarian options.
  • Robert A.
    Robert AmaranteJanuary 12
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food! Scones, pies, homemade waffles, quiches, everything is super. The coffee is top notch.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • h
    hMarch 4, 2016
    Yummy and unexpected white tea blends served here! Will return when its cold and need a warm beverage
  • Jason M.
    Jason MelehaniAugust 11, 2014
    Good coffee and mix of pastries. Also, dozens of choices of teas and other goods
  • David P.
    David PhibbsJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a drip. Always the best way to go or cold brewed ice coffee...fantastic!
  • Brandi E.
    Brandi EvansSeptember 23, 2014
    Amazing coffee, amazing staff, amazing atmosphere. By far my favorite coffee place!
  • 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
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HinsonMay 28, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The habenero iced mocha is amazing! Try it with skim no whip.
  • Aaron
    AaronAugust 27, 2015
    Best iced coffee in Durham and also great place to buy beans.
  • Emily C.
    Emily ChappellJanuary 31, 2011
    Husband swears by their triple dry cappuccino. Their cafe au lait is much creamier than SBUX. Love it.
  • Rob D.
    Rob DeThomasFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Couple sprays of conditioner, little air from the blow dryer to seperate the matte, one brush and lots of elbow greese
  • Christanna H.
    Christanna HonerOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Skip Starbucks and come here. A staff of friendly hippies will make you a mind blowing latte:)
  • lindsay f.
    lindsay freyAugust 31, 2014
    cold brew is legit + baristas are insanely nice
  • Marion
    MarionDecember 10, 2014
    The staff and atmosphere make up for the lackluster chai
  • Gabriel L.
    Gabriel LoweMay 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Fantastic cappucinos and lattes. These folks love what they do and it shows in the presentation and quality!
  • Tim B.
    Tim BadsteinAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Spice it up a bit and try the Iced Chocolate Habanero while it's still on special.
  • BullCityChris
    BullCityChrisSeptember 11, 2011
    Dave is one of the best baristas in the triangle, if not the world.
  • Alex V.
    Alex VillAugust 7, 2014
    Honey vanilla latte is seriously the best latte I've ever had!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DubnikMay 11, 2015
    Coffee, bagels, and really awesome creamcheeses.
  • Lauren s.
    Lauren sOctober 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Pumpkin spice latte is the best everrrrrrrrr
  • Carol B.
    Carol BJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Best coffee, nicest people and a great way to wake up before a kick-ass class at sync cycle
  • JD
    JDJuly 14, 2013
    The reviews don't lie. These hippies are pretty happy serving coffee.
  • Elisha Gutloff, M.
    Elisha Gutloff, More Than Your RealtorAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Friendliest staff in Durham! I always feel welcome!
  • Clark E.
    Clark EllisMay 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Simply the, people, atmosphere, etc. This is a great place to be!
  • Mike G.
    Mike GentryJune 29, 2014
    Iced coffee on a hot day....the best
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah V.September 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    chai lattes are super weak, but the coffee is always rockin!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PrimusJanuary 11, 2014
    Try everything... but not all on the same visit!
  • Metin A.
    Metin AydemirMarch 4, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Oat bar with the coffee in the morning!! 👍
  • Mark S.
    Mark Simpson-VosJuly 7, 2012
    Iced latte in a mason jar...southern java heaven
  • April J.
    April JohnsonNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the seasonal pumpkin ice cream!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WatchousJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the hottest Americanos you can get.
  • Christanna H.
    Christanna HonerFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Chai is horrible. Get coffee! You'll thank me.
  • Melanie H.
    Melanie HDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My vanilla iced coffee was so good!
  • Kacy F.
    Kacy FortnerNovember 16, 2013
    Wifi password is "jerrygarcia" on "Drink Some Bean!"
  • Jamie
    JamieJune 22, 2013
    Bring your own mug and time to enjoy.
  • Michael N.
    Michael NoviAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Grant D.
    Grant DeberryMarch 24, 2012
    The best coffee shop in Durham.
  • ashley l.
    ashley livelyAugust 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coffee shop in town hands down. Love this place and love the people.
  • Christie C.
    Christie ChurchFebruary 10, 2012
    Best place to trade your beans!
  • Lori S.
    Lori SchwarzeMay 12, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Local coffee shops are always better!
  • geraldine p.
    geraldine pettitJuly 27, 2013
    Great coffee and treats.
  • Tony S.
    Tony ShookNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Costa Rican blend is GLORIOUS!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SlaterJanuary 18, 2010
    The coffee is better than Starbucks. The French press pot was a little weak, tho
  • Elisha Gutloff, M.
    Elisha Gutloff, More Than Your RealtorSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Pumpkin Spice can't go wrong!
  • Kaitlyn M.
    Kaitlyn MooreSeptember 4, 2016
    Quiche in the mornings!
  • Cansas M.
    Cansas MulliganJuly 16, 2016
    Chocolate coffee!
  • Lauren s.
    Lauren sJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Best coffee everrrrrr. :)
  • Michael S.
    Michael SpearsSeptember 30, 2013
    Great cup of joe
  • Zondra M.
    Zondra MillerMarch 15, 2013
    Awesome as always!!
  • Lori S.
    Lori SchwarzeAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Happy 1st day of school!
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie ClarkJune 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Waffle Sundays!
  • Kate J.
    Kate JohnsonFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    This is where it's AT!!
  • Laura P.
    Laura PooleDecember 11, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the candy cane latte!
  • David Morris P.
    David Morris ParsonOctober 3, 2010
    Covered over outlets so u can't plugged n ANYTHING. No computer, iPod, iPad, etc. FAIL.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MartinJanuary 2, 2011
    They don't have brownies!! :-(
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