Taste: Coffee Culture: Eat This Now: Coffee

Forget Starbucks or Dunkin’ Doughnuts. Here are our 65 top coffee shops in the area.

… and tea, and hot chocolate, even steamed cider. Because it isn’t the coffee that’s hot in Philly right now; it’s the coffee shop. In South Jersey strip malls and still-quiet corners of the city’s up-and-coming neighborhoods, dozens of new independently owned cafés are serving up caffeine and community — a brave business plan in a region with more than 125 Starbucks, 300-plus Dunkin’ Donuts, and a Wawa on every corner. So where to grab a cuppa? You’ll find 65 of our top picks here. And click here for a look at the local shop that wants to be the next Starbucks, our favorite new tea (okay, okay, there’s alcohol in it), and tips on how to bake the perfect coffee cake.