Chain coffee shops are great, but local coffee houses usually provide a better atmosphere if you're a new resident. These businesses can make it easier to meet new people and enjoy your new local environment. Here are some of the top locally owned coffee houses in Jacksonville.
Bold Bean Coffee Roasters
This company has been roasting organic coffee beans for years and they opened their first coffee house in November of 2011. This one is found in the Riverside District of Jacksonville, which is one of the most historic areas of the city.
Seating isn't exactly plentiful, but the coffee is amazing. They do plan to add more seating as they grow and there are places to sit and enjoy a conversation or check email on your laptop. Wi-Fi is provided free of charge and the coffee house is open until 10pm during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Found in the middle of downtown Jacksonville, this coffee shop is near the main branch of the library. They provide a large selection of coffee and a lunch menu with wraps and sandwiches. You can pick up a bagel for breakfast or one of the many other baked goods.
Used books are found throughout the store and there is a nice sized dining area for reading, surfing the internet or socializing. The coffee shop is found at 215 Laura Street and they are known for hosting special events.
The Coffee Grinder
Located in the Baymeadows area, this laid-back coffee house provides the perfect place for socializing. Most of the seating is found in the way of couches instead of tables, which provides a very warm environment for socializing. Weekends the place is packed at night with a DJ spinning and during the week many locals stop in for a great cup of coffee. You can visit The Coffee Grinder at 9834 Old Baymeandows Road.
These three coffee houses provide the necessary local touch to one of the most social drinks in our society. Stopping in for a cup of Joe will provide you with the opportunity to relax and maybe even meet a new friend or two.