Hot, delicious, plain or doctored - COFFEE is a favorite with (almost) everyone, and drinking a cup is - or perhaps should be? - done in the company of others who also appreciate the fine smell, taste and joy of brewed beans!

Okay, that first cup in the morning for diehard caffeine aficionados might be best alone.  After that certainly, in the company of friends, co-workers, family and even new friends made over the sugar bowl, coffee (or tea!) is a social activity.

Essex County, NJ loves its java and there are many great shops for specialty lattes, espresso, or just a great cup of the regular stuff.  

Here are a few of our faves that offer cool vibes and hot and cold brew from artisan roasters:

Java Love, in Montclair has two locations to serve you and is one of those places you just have to experience to believe. Whether uptown on Bellevue Avenue, or downtown on Church Street, it's a place where everyone feels welcome. It's a meeting place for friends, kids after school, business folks, space for moms to connect and the starting point for guys who bike every weekend. Enjoy a variety of brew, sweet treats, vegan and gluten free options too! 

No time to stop and smell the beans roasting?  Order up your fav and have it sent for brewing at home from Paper Plane Coffee Co.  Or be old fashioned and stop in the Montclair store for a taste of good coffee and excellent service.

Local Coffee, located in Watchung Plaza, Montclair, offers curated products from Brooklyn and upstate New York. With a family history in the hospitality industry, these Local folks are offering a local gathering place and serving some good food and java choices to the community.  

Ethan & the Bean, located in Little Falls, is one very special place filled with extraordinary people who serve a great cup of java while serving the needs of those with special needs themselves. A chance to feel good about helping others as you enjoy that delicious cup of fresh brew!

Food and drink is a staple offering in any community, and you'll find both at the Blue Hippo, in Verona! They offer a great atmosphere - both inside and on their rear patio. They will cater your special events or host them, all with a smile and a great cup of java to go with it.  

No local list would be complete without mentioning Cedar Beans, in Cedar Grove, a coffee joint for those who love great conversation along with their java.

Stop by and see what all the fuss is about, then come on back here and comment to share the java joy with others!

Maybe while sipping your favorite cup, take a look at all the fine homes available for sale in New Jersey: