Three Cups

★★★★☆
  • 227 S. Elliott Rd

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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  • 919-968-8993

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No, 3 Cups doesn't serve espresso drinks. Let's get that out of the way first. But that's not the niche it's trying to fill, and I get a little irritated when folks complain about it. There are a lot of wonderful espresso places in town, but 3 Cups does something different and I appreciate that.

3 Cups recently moved to a larger location on South Elliott Road in Chapel Hill; the location has a much larger selection of wine than the old space, as well as a small assortment of chocolate and coffee-making supplies.
The most important part in my mind is the french-press coffee, but they do offer a wide selection of loose-leaf teas as well. Anyone working behind the counter can give guidance if you want to know which coffee or tea to try, and everyone working there is genuinely interested in good coffee and beverages of all kinds.

I recently stopped in to buy an iced coffee and had a long conversation with one of the employees about how I could make the best possible iced coffee at home. Most stores don't have employees who care enough about their work to take the time to have a passionate conversation about minute detail like that, and I really appreciated the feedback.

Coffee from 3 Cups can be more expensive that what you'd get other places, but it's wonderful stuff. I'm willing to pay a little extra for the friendly service and the expertise of the staff.

Oh, and note that seating inside is limited and that there are no outlets or wireless for laptop users. I was frustrated when I first learned that, but I understand that they need to prevent folks staying there for hours with the limited seating they have.

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★★★★★

No, 3 Cups doesn't serve espresso drinks. Let's get that out of the way first. But that's not the niche it's trying to fill, and I get a little irritated when folks complain about it. There are a lot of wonderful espresso places in town, but 3 Cups does something different and I appreciate that.

3 Cups recently moved to a larger location on South Elliott Road in Chapel Hill; the location has a much larger selection of wine than the old space, as well as a small assortment of chocolate and coffee-making supplies.
The most important part in my mind is the french-press coffee, but they do offer a wide selection of loose-leaf teas as well. Anyone working behind the counter can give guidance if you want to know which coffee or tea to try, and everyone working there is genuinely interested in good coffee and beverages of all kinds.

I recently stopped in to buy an iced coffee and had a long conversation with one of the employees about how I could make the best possible iced coffee at home. Most stores don't have employees who care enough about their work to take the time to have a passionate conversation about minute detail like that, and I really appreciated the feedback.

Coffee from 3 Cups can be more expensive that what you'd get other places, but it's wonderful stuff. I'm willing to pay a little extra for the friendly service and the expertise of the staff.

Oh, and note that seating inside is limited and that there are no outlets or wireless for laptop users. I was frustrated when I first learned that, but I understand that they need to prevent folks staying there for hours with the limited seating they have.

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The coffee here is good. The problems for me are that they don't serve espresso, and a cup of coffee costs way too much. You can get a press pot made just for you, just be sure you want to spend the kind of money usually asked for a large latte on your brewed coffee.

They use Counter Culture beans. The thing that really bothered me was the sign inside stating that Counter Culture's Master Roaster, Peter Giuliano, hand selected their beans and personally delivered them. At the time I read this I happened to know that Peter was in Kenya doing work for the Coffee Quality Institute. The only Master Roaster I know that makes deliveries is Robbie Roberts, owner of Joe Van Gogh and Cup A Joe.

Pretense aside... a nice place to meet for a cup, but don't expect to get an espresso fix.

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★★☆☆☆

The coffee here is good. The problems for me are that they don't serve espresso, and a cup of coffee costs way too much. You can get a press pot made just for you, just be sure you want to spend the kind of money usually asked for a large latte on your brewed coffee.

They use Counter Culture beans. The thing that really bothered me was the sign inside stating that Counter Culture's Master Roaster, Peter Giuliano, hand selected their beans and personally delivered them. At the time I read this I happened to know that Peter was in Kenya doing work for the Coffee Quality Institute. The only Master Roaster I know that makes deliveries is Robbie Roberts, owner of Joe Van Gogh and Cup A Joe.

Pretense aside... a nice place to meet for a cup, but don't expect to get an espresso fix.

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They have wine too! It's easy to overlook this shop when walking down West Franklin, as it's tucked away in a courtyard. However, those who wander in are pleasantly surprised by the variety of high quality coffees, teas, chocolates, and wine for their perusal, with a range of prices.

PROS: high quality beverages to go or enjoy on site with friends
CONS: they don't sell a small cup of coffee

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★★★★★

They have wine too! It's easy to overlook this shop when walking down West Franklin, as it's tucked away in a courtyard. However, those who wander in are pleasantly surprised by the variety of high quality coffees, teas, chocolates, and wine for their perusal, with a range of prices.

PROS: high quality beverages to go or enjoy on site with friends
CONS: they don't sell a small cup of coffee

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