Jump’n Java Café
2945 S Miami Blvd
Research Triangle Park
Double Cappuccino: $3.29
Hours: 7 am–3 pm, Monday through Friday
Jump’n Java Café is a coffee house/sandwich shop in RTP with brightly colored yellow, red, and green walls. They have old wooden booths, a few small tables, one large table, and conference room space in the back. I found the space inviting, and the clientele seemed to be mainly people grabbing lunch during their workday. A lot of them seemed to be regulars.
Free wireless is available. I think food is actually more the focus than coffee, as the espresso in my cappuccino was nice and bitter, but the foam was too airy with large bubbles, usually a sign that the milk was heated too hot. I prefer my foam either dry and stiff or wet and luscious. They also have macha, rooibas (red espresso), and green tea drink options.
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335 West Main Street
Breakfast, Lunch: $4–$10
This review comes from three separate trips to Beyu Caffé (pronounced Be You); one for dessert and coffee, one for dessert and cocktails, and one for breakfast and coffee. There have been mixed reviews on Beyu’s lunch and dinner menu so far, but on coffee and dessert, most people I’ve heard from have raved. I would also say that I was quite satisfied with my breakfast, but I haven’t tried them for other meals. For breakfast and lunch, you order at the counter. For dinner, wait service is the standard.
Beyu places great emphasis on the quality of their coffee, and their hope is to be considered a coffee-house-type destination for lingering, conversation, and music at any hour of the day.
I’ll disclose right now that I know Alicia Hylton-Daniel, who helped design the interior space of Beyu, and I am friends with her mother, Rosie, a fantastic Jamaican cook who’s been profiled in the Durham Herald for her curry before. So, I’m predisposed to like Beyu’s décor, and I do. It has a mix of dijon mustard and turquoise painted walls, brick, and columns with an intricate wallpaper pattern. There’s also copper plating over the bar and a wall of windows in the front of the house that bring great light into the rest of the space. I especially like the amber teardrop lamps over the bar and the single, out-of- place lamp above the couch area.
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