MAYWOOD, N.J. -- Bergen County is full of places to get your caffeine fix, but if you want to perk up with the strongest espresso, the richest cappuccino or the most thoughtfully made cuppa joe, there are a handful of absolute musts -- at least according to Daily Voice readers who selected five among the best of the best.
Who Has The Best Cup Of Joe In Bergen County?
Coffeecol Arepa Bar & Grill, Teaneck
Cool Beans International Coffees & Teas, Oradell
Koffeewagon Roasters, Hasbrouck Heights
Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters, Maywood
Sogno Coffee House, Westwood
Each is now vying for a spot in our ongoing DVlicious contest. The winner will be chosen Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m., soon after voting closes. In the meantime, here’s a brief profile of one our our finalists. Each nominee is being highlighted this week before the ultimate reveal on Tuesday, March 22.
So start sipping, savoring– and voting. You can vote multiple times, though only once per day. The winner receives a DVlicious certificate and the honors of being the county’s caffeinated favorite.
The Fine Grind: Moon Doggie, which calls itself the “premier” coffee roaster in northern Jersey, does a brisk business selling beans online, but it also has a café where it proffers lovingly crafted coffees, artisan whole leaf teas, and pastries.
Owner Donna Funk says she only sells coffee that is Arabica “specialty graded” and is bought from farms and estates that handpick and sort their beans. Doggie also roasts in small batches and never pre-packages the coffee it's mailing out so the beans don’t get stale. It also uses a water, not a chemical, process to make its decaf java.
Most Popular Brew: “New Moon,” a dark roast, and “Half a World Away,” a mix of medium and dark roasts top the list. But high-octane concoctions like the “Moon Doggie All Nighter,” with two shots of espresso, and the “Loco Cocoa Mocha” blends espresso with Ghirardelli hot chocolate, also seem to be among their best sellers.
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