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Bean Traders


105 W North Carolina 54
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 484-2499
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Photo of Hayden Kirk Hayden Kirk
Jun 19, 2019 5

The pick up of your items can be a little confusing but what we got tasted great! We got the waffle with ice cream and it was amazing! Well worth the price. The drip coffee is decent and changes so there's a variety and the drip prices I thought were very agreeable. Will likely come back

Photo of Stacie Sanchez Stacie Sanchez
Jul 5, 2019 5

All I can say is yumm. I loved my plain waffle with whip cream. It was simple but classic flavor. The coffee is self service, but pretty strong for a drip in comparison to some places in the area. There is plenty of space to sit and work. And their food selection is wide. Gluten free and vegan options as well.

Photo of Kelvin Wright Kelvin Wright
May 18, 2019 5

Great coffee experience. Can get busy though, particularly on the weekends. Line to the cashier was 15 ppl deep when I went, but I guess that's a sign a place is worth it. They definitely need a second register, but I lived through it. Had the Cinnamon Toast Latte with a Pecan Muffin and both were very flavorful. Again, I can see why the line was so long. Will definitely return when I'm in the area.

Photo of Jack Pyles Jack Pyles
Jun 4, 2019 5

It's dangerous this place is less than 15 minutes from my house. Top notch joe and light eats that mesh perfectly with the relaxing atmosphere. Plenty of spots to casually look like I'm actually doing work on my laptop.

Photo of Kate Jetton Kate Jetton
Apr 16, 2019 4

Atmosphere was fun, coffee and tea selection was good, pricing was good. First two staff members came in contact with seemed like they'd really rather not deal with me (a man at the register and woman making the drinks), so that was a big turn off. Later, a younger lady at the register was much more pleasant. Not sure how long she'll last though if the culture is that level of hipster/"we don't need customers" - then again, maybe the other two were just having a bad day. Overall, the shop is worth a visit. Especially if you're only there to get your typical drink, and enjoy the space with a book, homework, or a friend.

Photo of Austin Cody Austin Cody
Jun 10, 2019 5

This has become my go to coffee stop because it is consistently dependable. The atmosphere has a vibe of casual professionalism. In my photo is my favorite drink, the Americano, and while I normally get the chocolate mousse pie, this time I had a blueberry lemon cheese cake. Trust; it is good.

Photo of Katharine McLeod Katharine McLeod
Apr 13, 2022 5

I really enjoy the comfortable vibe of the shop. Everything I’ve had there has been delicious and I particularly loved the iced mocha habanero. Wait is a bit long but worth it.

Photo of Artur Belov Artur Belov
Apr 14, 2022 5

Support your local coffee roasters! Bought a 5# bag of their "Panama" naturally processed light roast (included pour-over cone to show scale). Very knowledgeable about their products, stop on by if near Southpoint!

Photo of Megan Yabani Megan Yabani
Mar 31, 2022 5

We have been going to Bean Traders for almost 10 years now, and it has always been excellent! Dave, the owner, is exceptional in his coffee making skills, and he never ceases to make everyone feel at home. Bean traders is like a family. Be careful though, once you start drinking Bean traders coffee nothing else will compare!

Photo of Kim Perry Kim Perry
Feb 16, 2022 5

I love this place. The vibe is friendly and joyful, with zero pretense but so much professionalism. There are always plenty of beautiful and yummy options in the pastry case, and the hot chocolate habanero coffee just makes my soul happy.

Photo of Benjamin Tillett-Wakeley Benjamin Tillett-Wakeley
Feb 13, 2022 5

Hands down the best coffee shop in the triangle area. The coffee is perfect and they have delicious + affordable breakfast items. When I open up a fresh bag of beans from bean traders, the smell is like heaven in a bag and the flavor lives up to the aroma.

Photo of Brianna Pearson Brianna Pearson
Feb 8, 2022 5

Bean Traders is our favorite place to grab a coffee close to home! The owner is so nice and we love their espresso drinks and baked goods. Highly recommend!

Photo of Amanda H Amanda H
Feb 7, 2022 4

Coffee was good! I got a caramel iced latte + a cinnamon roll. No wait, customer service was friendly, they didn’t have any of the flavors listed or the milk options which typically is nice to see what they have/charge and if they charge for flavor shots but coffee was really tasty. They have breakfast as well but same thing no pricing is listed! Would recommend

Photo of Corrina Green Corrina Green
Jan 22, 2022 5

Once again Bean Traders has lived to their name! Even on this snowy day they are open busting their butts to give the BEST service they can. Thank you for being the one constant coffee shop that gives quality product and superb service!

Photo of Chad Locklear Chad Locklear
Jan 12, 2022 4

Coffee and pastries are always of high quality alongside the service which is top notch. Can't wait until everyone can exchange an uncovered smile and regain a sense of normalcy and community.

Photo of D D
Dec 28, 2021 5

Lovely staff, delicious espresso drinks (best oat latte I’ve had in the area!) and delightful bagels :)

Photo of Alex Billeter Alex Billeter
Dec 27, 2021 5

Found this place while staying in Durham and so happy we did! The coffee here was fantastic and the staff were really friendly! It gets pretty busy though so prepare for a wait but the coffee is 100% worth it!

Photo of Hannah Ringler Hannah Ringler
Nov 12, 2021 5

I love Bean Traders! The specials are delicious, always, service is quick and friendly, and the bathrooms are clean and spacious and have purse hooks. It's conveniently located next to 40 and 54 and has tons of outdoor seating, most of which is under cover. They are also the only coffee shop I know locally that doesn't charge you extra for being lactose intolerant or, in my case, having a baby that's lactose intolerant. Given how widespread this issue is, I hope more coffee shops follow Bean Traders excellent lead!

Photo of Catie Crimmins Catie Crimmins
Aug 28, 2021 3

Over all was a very mediocre experience. It’s a beautiful big and fun colored on the inside, but absolutely no inside seating which was frustrating when the building is definitely big enough to have at least SOME indoor seating. I understand covid and policies, but with that much an inside space I think there could have been some. It was frustrating to me because I drove almost 30 minutes to have a quick breakfast with my family and the outdoor tables were full or on person took up a large table. They definitely have a lot of customers so I don’t understand why they don’t make more seating indoors. I had the Mama Mia bagel and it was good, with the one problem being just toasted too dark. But that’s just my personal preference. I gave 3 stars because of my frustration of no seating. I did love the colors and cute little decor they had.

Photo of mandixoloveyourself mandixoloveyourself
Dec 8, 2021 3

I've been to this coffee shop quite a few times and for a while it was very consistent and I enjoyed coming here, but the last 3 times I've visited in person the cashier has gotten my order wrong even after I repeated it and I was given the wrong drink and I order the exact same thing every time. The employees are usually pretty understanding but I feel bad asking them to remake a drink due to the lack of attention of someone else.

Photo of Jenna Spain Jenna Spain
Sep 22, 2021 5

Bean Traders for life. 💚 The only place I've found with decaf cold brew coffee for afternoon drinks or caffeine sensitive folks.

Photo of Hannah Bayless Hannah Bayless
Oct 20, 2021 5

The coffee is amazing and the service is even better! I have been grabbing one of their gallons of iced coffee regularly and it lasts me a week! Their staff is so friendly and helpful!

Photo of Ema A.C. Ema A.C.
Oct 6, 2021 4

Very Welcoming and Professional staff! Everything is pretty good and the price is correct. I didn't put a 5 ⭐ only because unfortunately my dry capuccino it's not always good, sorry 😐 but it's perfect when it's made by the owner😊

Photo of Jemma Strauss Jemma Strauss
Aug 19, 2021 5

This is hands down our favorite coffee shop- and they roast the greatest beans! Everywhere we go, thank goodness all over, we visit coffee shops... and BT's maintains the #1 spot in our hearts and taste buds. Their bean selection is on point, and there's something for everyone.

Photo of Jesse Lavelle Jesse Lavelle
Aug 7, 2021 5

I have been going here since I moved to Durham 6 years ago and they have always treated me like a neighbor rather than just a customer. Today I had my baby in her carrier and they offered to walk my order out to my car. It might seem little but it really meant a lot to me. Thank you so much for serving the community bean and happiness

Photo of Ken Hyer Ken Hyer
Aug 1, 2021 4

Coffee drinks are great, the staff is always super nice and it's always refreshing to see the owner working behind the counter. I just wish they had more substantial breakfast items beyond baked goods. Don't get me wrong, their baked goods are really good. But I'd love to see some kind of breakfast sandwich or wrap or something along those lines as well. In any case, we still frequent this place!

Photo of Cara Valentino Cara Valentino
Jul 28, 2021 5

First visit ever today .... great customer service, and music inside (old school funk)❤️❤️ As a non-dairy milk drinker I deeply appreciated the choice of oat, almond, coconut or soy milk... I ordered a chai latte with oatmilk and it was delicious 😋 Perfect temperature and just a light froth at the top. Outdoor seating only as of this writing, and several tables were available. I'll definitely be back!

Photo of rachel loberger rachel loberger
Jul 11, 2021 5

top 3 favorite coffee supplier!!! always gotta have my breakfast blend and heavenly delight 😍

Photo of Ken Ray (mrkenray) Ken Ray (mrkenray)
May 5, 2021 5

Best coffee shop in the world. Beans roasted on site. Worth the extra fifty cents. Starbucks opened across the street, went out of business after a year. It is that good

Photo of Briana Saucedo Briana Saucedo
Mar 26, 2021 5

Very customer oriented staff! The food and drinks are always wonderful! This is definantly my most favorite any-time-of-the-day place to grab a coffee, muffin or bagel.

Photo of Pete LaMar Pete LaMar
Feb 27, 2021 3

Ordering on the phone or by calling in as a new customer was not user friendly and quick. By the time I spent 5 minutes navigating on the mobile to find out my 2 drink order with a snack will take 30 minutes, wasn’t worth the wait. Now that Covid restrictions have scaled back, ordering inside or having someone to take my order in person and seeing the food in case would have been more appealing and probably worth it. Sight unseen or lack of some personal touch diminishes the appeal to try a new place for me. I respect their decision to be cautious, but I’ll be taking my business to another local company that’s less complicated during all of this while still practicing social distancing.

Photo of Mary Cornetti Mary Cornetti
Feb 14, 2021 5

Bean Traders has done an excellent job with online ordering and safe pickup. There is zero contact. Online ordering was easy. Food was hot and ready when promised and everything was delicious.

Photo of Shabnam Hakimi Shabnam Hakimi
Jan 20, 2021 5

The staff here is amazing -- they're incredibly kind and even with my mask, they always know me and my order. And the coffee is excellent!

Photo of Belfast Dices Belfast Dices
Jan 19, 2021 4

Great coffee, don't care for the pre order and pick up. Would rather order by phone, go in , swipe card, and wait outside for Java. But the coffee and folks- excellent.

Photo of Azamat Umarov Azamat Umarov
Jan 14, 2021 4

Overall latte was very good, but it took about 15 min to make it. No in store orders, just call or order on website.

Photo of Taylor Bryant Taylor Bryant
Jan 5, 2021 5

Thank you Bean Traders for giving me great gluten free/dairy free food and beverage quality while serving your other customers--it makes you so easy to frequent alongside my friends without being food-jealous. You are appreciated!

Photo of Edward Campbell Edward Campbell
Dec 10, 2020 5

Since moving to the triangle area in 2015, I’ve been to Bean Traders well over a thousand times. Simply put, this is one of the best local businesses in the area. Their coffee, pastries, pies, beans, tea - really anything on their menu - is phenomenal. The positivity of the community around this shop is also a thing to behold. Even in 2020, it’s been such a reminder of better times in the past and again in the future. The staff here is very friendly and helpful, and will get to know you and say hello when you stop by. It’s hard to imagine anything else you’d hope for in a local coffee shop - I’m very thankful to have Bean Traders as part of my day to day.

Photo of Diabel Diom Diabel Diom
Nov 27, 2020 5

We could not go inside due to covid but the guy was nice on the phone and service was quick

Photo of Hannah Steer Hannah Steer
Oct 26, 2020 5

Love this place, love the staff, and I love the pie & chai latte the most!!! I drive very far to come here lol Great, great, great overall.

Photo of Sarah Ruff Sarah Ruff
Oct 11, 2020 5

Thursdays are my favorite day of the week, when I get to start my day at Bean Trader's! Throughout the pandemic they have been creative and safe about continuing to serve the greatest coffee and food. And they even know my name when I walk in! Highly recommend this place over any other coffee shop in the Triangle!

Photo of Mandi Lowrance Mandi Lowrance
Sep 30, 2020 5

First time grabbing a coffee here due to a friends constant visits and recommendations, ordered a PSL with oat milk and it was so good!! I chose curbside pickup and they are so prompt and friendly! I’ll definitely be back, thanks y’all!

Photo of Lo Lo
Sep 30, 2020 5

An amazing coffee shop with an excellent environment. Covid has put a strain on business and the people. When the place is fully open, it's a shop you'll love to sit and relax in.

Photo of jesse wolff jesse wolff
Jun 24, 2020 5

Best coffee and even better baked goods! Muffins, scones, cookies, pie! all of it is great! And the owner is kind and welcoming! I drive 30 minutes One way at least once a week to get my fix!

Photo of R P R P
Apr 24, 2020 5

My absolute favorite coffee shop!! I get the mocha religiously. Dave and his staff are so humble and very personable. I go here several times a week. Thanks for all you do!!

Photo of Julie Rowe Julie Rowe
Jan 29, 2020 5

Big space, house made a lot of things. Roast their own beans. Big shopping center near South point. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Chai made with a tea bag. Refreshing change. Environmentally friendly.

Photo of Jesse Locklear Jesse Locklear
Nov 29, 2019 5

Stopped here to get espresso milkshakes for fuel on black friday! We got the salted carmel, Blueberry, & Lavender. They were all delicious but the salted caramel was the sweetest and stole the show!! The bathrooms were clean and the staff was super friendly and helpful going over the menu options with us. We also got a daily brew and a frosty coffee.

Photo of David Straughan David Straughan
Jan 3, 2020 3

There is a lot of understandable love for this place but don’t share it. Virtually all of the seating is awkward and noisy. It is almost always very crowded and getting a drink takes a long time. Not the employees’ fault, they are always hustling, but still not fun to deal with. The approach to coffee itself is really outdated. You can find better coffee at pretty much any independent coffee shop, and especially at another roaster. The food and smoothies are pretty decent. I would give it one star as far as my personal taste goes, but I added an extra star for the fact that the people who work here really seem to care about the place and what they do, and another because they held it down in South Durham long before anyone else did. This could be a great place if they modernized their coffee and were more thoughtful about arranging seating in the space to accommodate people who *gasp* just want a cup of coffee and not a virtual office or meeting room.

Photo of Albert C. Wilmer Jr. Albert C. Wilmer Jr.
Jan 20, 2020 5

I had decided to stop drinking coffee for awhile. Mainly because I couldn't find consistently good coffee and a reasonable price. (Starbucks is trash) So one day I walked into bean traders to see what all the hype was about and I've been a loyal customer ever since. Great staff, great joe, great price, great location...for me. Plus they have plenty of space for folk that want to schmooze

Photo of Ms. Aberrant Ms. Aberrant
Jan 12, 2020 5

I got there kinda late; really close to closing time and I was really surprised and happy when I was welcomed in. I didn’t get to stay long because I didn’t want to keep them after closing time but in the short time I was there they left a great impression on me with their phenomenal coffee and customer service. I will lost definitely go back again soon. It was such a cute coffee spot with wonderful people!

Photo of Jan Coetzer Jan Coetzer
Dec 11, 2019 5

My favorite coffee shop, right off the American Tobacco Trail. I always stop here for a coffee during my morning bike ride. Room to park your bicycle while getting your coffee, and the girl behind the register is always so friendly! Great coffee too.

Photo of Molly Crosswell Molly Crosswell
Dec 7, 2019 5

Great food and delicious coffee. Perfect place to study or grab a coffee with friends! Workers are also very friendly and add to the great atmosphere

Photo of Adrienne Adrienne
Dec 11, 2019 5

They have latte flavors that you won't find anywhere else. They have a lot of variety with milk options, baked goods, breakfast, and lunch options. I especially appreciate the vegan and gluten free options. Yes options (a lot more than one. yay!) The space is creatively decorated and has plenty of room for a lot of customers (which they have.) Highly recommend!

Photo of Alise Willis Alise Willis
Nov 19, 2019 5

Lots of seating options. Great place to work or hang out. The gluten free waffles are fantastic! They also usually have one or two gluten free baked goods (muffins, scones, cookies). No gluten free bagel or sandwich options though.

Photo of Sal Syed Sal Syed
Nov 22, 2019 4

Nice spot to get some decent coffee and hang out with friends. This place is pretty packed during the morning and weekends with people meeting up with friends and working on their computers. The temperature is sometimes warm inside during the summer and pretty cold during the winter so prepare accordingly. They also have baked goods which are delicious.

Photo of Jennifer Hennigan Jennifer Hennigan
Oct 25, 2019 5

Absolutely love this place! The coffee is delightful, reasonably priced, and I always look forward to enjoying a blueberry muffin buttered and toasted . The staff is also hard-working and friendly. Even when the line is long on the weekends, it moves quickly and they occasionally come around with an iPad so you can order drip coffee pretty quickly. I've started buying beans from them and they ground up the beans for me and were knowledgeable about how the beans should be ground for the type of filter I use.

Photo of Ann Mahlitz Ann Mahlitz
Nov 9, 2019 5

The Chocolate Habanero was delicious. It looked almost too pretty to drink. I sure am glad I did. It was as delicious as it was good looking. Even though there was a line out the door, the staff took their time and answered our questions about the menu. I will definitely go back!

Photo of Tina M. Tina M.
Sep 23, 2019 5

I can never say enough good things about this gem. The coffee will leave you speechless. I buy the cold brew by the gallon, and the iced caramel lattes with almond milk are my go-to. It's reasonably priced and I don't get charged an additional .75 cents for milk substitutes like some chains that I won't mention.

Photo of Ari Weinberg Ari Weinberg
Sep 1, 2019 5

Funky, fun, with lots of seating and parking. They have affordable snacks and really fun staff. This is a great spot for a larger group if you needed because of all of the space. I had the Dirty Hippie, a drink with black tea and coffee. Super interesting and delicious.

Photo of Josh Deena Josh Deena
Sep 26, 2019 5

I love Bean Traders! It has plenty of space to do work and/or have good conversation. They have fantastic coffee and get it out to you fairly quickly even when they're super busy. I have spent a good amount of time here and always wish I could spend more!

Photo of CJ Ciesla CJ Ciesla
Oct 11, 2019 5

Bean Traders is amazing. I was in the area for an appointment, and decided to stop in just to check it out. I'm beyond glad I did. The whole place has this cool, laid-back atmosphere. Everyone was super friendly, and very forgiving of the new customer who didn't have any idea what she wanted. (Thank you for that!) As for the coffee and food... Stellar. Honestly. Best bagel I've had in quite some time, and the coffee was AMAZING. Well worth a stop if you're into delicious stuff!

Photo of Kristin Dungan Kristin Dungan
Jul 16, 2019 5

Great atmosphere and I love to coffee here. This is also the place I go to get coffee beans to bring home. Bean Traders also has great treats for a little snack. I haven't tried their more savory, meal type foods, but they do sell them.

Photo of Isabel Peirce Isabel Peirce
Jul 23, 2019 4

I love the atmosphere- very colorful. The coffee is delicious and I love the food menu! The bagels they have to choose from are amazing: from a cucumber, tomato sandwich to a banana chocolate bagel! The fact that the muffins disappear quickly is proof that they are very yummy! The only downside is that it's a bit pricey, but I will definitely be going back!

Photo of Laura Rampersad Laura Rampersad
May 14, 2022 5

Stopped in for the first time. The iced latte was so flavorful and smooth even unsweetened. I got the Cool Cat bagel sandwich. So good, with everything bagel toasted, cucumber, and vegetable cream cheese. Will definitely be back.

Photo of Lisa Schuster Lisa Schuster
Apr 17, 2022 5

Love Bean Traders. My favorite coffee place to go to. Plenty of space to spread out and meet up with a friend, or a business meeting.

Photo of Gisele Costello Gisele Costello
Jun 9, 2022 5

Everything was fabulous... had a beignet muffin and a scone and bought a whole quiche and they all were melt in your mouth heavenly good! Oh and I had a coconut coffee and was pleasantly surprised as I don't normally like flavored coffees but it was not an over powering coconut flavor it was mildly good, you could taste the coffee and the coconut.

Photo of Lindsay Handrich Lindsay Handrich
Jun 9, 2022 5

I love bean traders and always have. Delicious coffee and a nice location. Worth waiting a little longer for the quality.

Photo of Shea Smith Shea Smith
Jun 14, 2022 5

I love to support local businesses when possible and Bean Traders makes that super easy to do since their coffee is so amazing! I tend to order online (when they aren’t super busy) and I’m always greeted with a “Hello” when I go in to pick up my order. The pastries they offer are also really tasty. If you order something online and they don’t have it for you when you go to pick up your order, they will let you pick something else or or offer to give you a refund. Great atmosphere and great customer service to go along with some of the best coffee I’ve ever had.

Photo of Amanda H Amanda H
Jun 15, 2022 5

Absolutely a must!!! My boyfriend and I have become regulars here and we honestly can’t get enough. The staff are all extremely friendly and the baristas are 10/10. Coffee is the best & always done right. Also the pastries are delicious! They have a chocolate mousse pie and a honey walnut scone that are insanely good. Can’t recommend it enough :)

Photo of wally figaro wally figaro
Aug 27, 2022 5

Love this coffee shop in south Durham! Great location, staff is friendly, their cold brew is incredible, their treats and food are tasty, and a great place to study or work! I love their seasonal drinks and cold brews. Their bacon and herb quiche is delicious! Their outside sitting is great! They also sell beans, which I buy occasionally! Always recommend it!

Photo of kyle white kyle white
Sep 1, 2022 5

Great service. Great coffee smell. The waffles are better than the waffles at Waffle House. This place reminds me of Central Perk (The Coffee House On Friends). The atmosphere has a cozy feeling.

Photo of Rania Hassan Rania Hassan
Jul 18, 2022 3

I know this is a pretty popular coffee shop in the Durham area but I wasn't a fan of the seating. I went there to do some work and it was pretty dark. I ordered an iced chai and while it tasted good it was mostly milk. The staff is very friendly though!

Photo of Robert Trawick Robert Trawick
Dec 8, 2021 5

Great place for a midday pickup. Good brew coffee and LOVE the The Fav Bagel with a tomato!