Congratulations! If you want to have great coffee in Jersey City then New Jersey Monthly has your answer! Some of the best include:
Brewshot, Jersey City
Daterra, a chocolately, dark blend of Brazilian beans, is one of the most popular coffees at this warm, spacious corner shop. Brewshot also makes its cold brew ($3.75) from Daterra; straight up, it tastes impossibly sweet and creamy. Hot coffees are available drip, French press or pour-over ($3). The single-origin espresso beans and large range of organic teas come from Artisan Coffee and Tea in Vermont; the sweet and savory pastries arrive from Tisserie’s bakery in Union City; and bread cups (a roll stuffed with sausage or other ingredients) come from Jersey City baker Grandma Downtown. Seating is ample, the staff friendly and knowledgeable. 9 Regent Street.
Espresso Bar, Jersey City
Dames buys Counter Culture beans, and brews them expertly, also creating cool non-coffee drinks like a green-tea latte ($4.25). The narrow, minimalist space is immaculate. Banana bread, brownies and blueberry muffins are baked on the premises. A spacious back garden nestles customers amid the surrounding row houses. 581 Jersey Avenue.
modcup, Jersey City
You won’t find Wi-Fi at this tiny shop in Jersey City’s Heights. “Our motto is, ‘Unplug and connect,’” explains co-owner Justin Hicks. “We want people to experience coffee as they would wine. The taste of coffee is influenced by the same factors: climate, soil and elevation.” The house blend, Humble Jefferson, is pleasing. But modcup is all about its wide range of single-origin, sustainably harvested coffees. Espresso drinks are prepared with a smooth blend of Colombian, Sumatran and Ethiopian beans, aptly titled A Love Affair. 479 Palisade Avenue.
Smith and Chang General Goods, Jersey City
This gorgeous storefront formerly housed an antiques and furniture store. Some of the vintage chairs and benches now accommodate young families and well-dressed couples while they enjoy a pour-over and the unique ambiance. Smith and Chang serves La Colombe coffee—blends and single-origin varieties. Choc-o-Pain in Jersey City provides breakfast baked goods like a $4 ham-and-cheese. Soups and sandwiches are served at lunch. The store also sells coffee equipment, kitchen supplies, and Smith and Chang’s line of bath products. 230 Pavonia Avenue.