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Cocoa Cinnamon

4.6

420 W Geer St
Durham, NC 27701
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Photo of Victoria Handley Victoria Handley
Apr 7, 2022 5

I had a great experience at Cocoa Cinnamon. I came from Raleigh to purchase some Little Waves coffee beans, which my husband and I just discovered and LOVE. I grabbed a drink (or two) while I was there. Savannah took my order and even stepped around the counter to give me advice on which coffee beans to buy. They were very friendly and helpful and definitely made my experience more enjoyable.

Photo of Mysha Sissine Mysha Sissine
Apr 1, 2022 5

I always try to visit. Their hot coco is so delicious and rich. I like to savor each sip.

Photo of Rhonda Waterhouse Rhonda Waterhouse
Feb 6, 2022 5

Delicious drinking chocolate!! Everyone was friendly! I'd love to go here again when I have time to sit outside for a bit!

Photo of Charlie Lentill Charlie Lentill
Jan 12, 2022 5

Really delicious and affordable pricing for the quality. The staff were attentive and helpful. I got my drink efficiently and with no issues. I look forward to coming back here again when I'm in the area!

Photo of Linda Williams Linda Williams
Nov 24, 2021 5

Excellent espresso, prepared by people who took their coffee seriously. Lots of outdoor seating to assure safety. Lovely repurposed building with lots of charm.

Photo of Hannah Ringler Hannah Ringler
Nov 16, 2021 5

One of my favorite coffee shops! The Wonder Menu is delicious - the La Frida is AMAZING - and the snacks available are very good. The staff is very friendly and helpful, including helping me get my coffee out to the table when I'm carting my enormous baby around! Right now, they have outside seating with real cups, which is very pleasant. I like the planters as well. The only thing I wish they'd change is not adding a charge for milk substitutes. I know it's usual for coffee shops, but it penalizes people for being unable to digest dairy, which seems a bit against their ethos. Bean Traders down in south Durham does not add a fee for non-dairy milks, and it is very much appreciated.

Photo of Gregg Gusta Gregg Gusta
Nov 3, 2021 4

Nice section of Durham. Nice vibe. No indoor seating. Ordered a pourover. A little astringent. Need to coarsen the grind by a click or maybe 2. The beans seemed like they were quite good, but the grind kind of wrecked it. But it still has potential. Last side note. Drive extra slowly. The roads near the geer st shop are desperately in need of repair. Many damaging potholes abound. Nice place. I'd give it another try.

Photo of Farooq Anwar Farooq Anwar
Sep 6, 2021 4

Had the Al-mokha coffee. It was pretty good, but tasted more like hot chocolate than coffee. Will be back to try some more.

Photo of don0van.10 don0van.10
Aug 3, 2021 5

i love cocoa cinnamon! they have amazing chocolate drinks, i recommend the iced guadalajara on a hot summer day.

Photo of Samantha Samantha
Aug 7, 2021 5

The Turkish cold brew is an amazing combination of flavors and really unique. The coffee beans are a bit pricey but worth it. Love this place!!

Photo of A L A L
Aug 20, 2021 5

I always love stopping by any of the cocoa cinnamon locations when I am running around in Durham. They are community focused, creative, and delicious unusual drinks you can't get anywhere else along with staples so there is something for everyone, including non coffee people. They treat their employees as friends and it shows in the warm open feeling. If you haven't been, you should!

Photo of Ann Burruss Ann Burruss
Aug 1, 2021 5

Sweet spot for coffee or tea. Lots of outdoor seating with shade and fans, so okay on the hottest day. I loved my hibiscus iced tea and everyone else enjoyed iced coffee.

Photo of Chris Crowley Chris Crowley
Jul 9, 2021 5

We were driving through the area, and this was convenient from the highway, but with the promise of quality coffee. Glad we decided to stop. Thanks

Photo of SE Xhey Evans-El SE Xhey Evans-El
Jun 27, 2021 5

Tastes just as good as mentors u moved away and came back. Loving that's there's 3 locations now. I highly recommend a dirty chai with oat milk.

Photo of Van McKenna Van McKenna
Jun 16, 2021 4

Has excellent coffee choices not found elsewhere. The pastries need to be elevated to the same level. Both the cranberry scones and the chickpea tartine had too much fun dough compared to the amount of cranberries and chickpea filling. Has a great outdoor seating area.

Photo of Lorin Farr Lorin Farr
Jun 12, 2021 4

Coffee is great here,but the employees are not the friendliest. I am not one to even be that picky about customer service as I’ve worked in retail before, but most of the time I’ve come here it seems like a burden to them to order anything. The coffee tastes great though and I still go every so often. Just don’t take it personally if employees are not too friendly!

Photo of Lois Silver-Price Lois Silver-Price
May 24, 2021 4

Great service, yummy drinks, very cool vibe. Nice size outside space which is great during Covid-19, but they need to add sun sails for shade at the Geer St location. Cocoa Cinnamon is a local favorite!

Photo of Alex Schmidt Alex Schmidt
Apr 19, 2021 5

Absolutely wonderful coffee shop, and a Durham institution in the best way. Nobody roasts better beans or provides a more special experience. Explore the Wonder Menu!

Photo of Caitlin Finn Caitlin Finn
Apr 10, 2021 5

The coffee is always phenomenal and the customer service is on point. The online ordering system is very user friendly and convenient.

Photo of Tess Hancock Tess Hancock
Apr 10, 2021 5

Such a cute little coffee shop. The staff were super friendly and helpful. That ham and cheese croissant was delicious!

Photo of Katherine Cavis Katherine Cavis
Mar 26, 2021 5

Loved this place!! The young woman explained the items since it was my first visit and gave recommendations. She was super friendly and easy to talk to!!! I ordered the Guadalajara and Granada both with add in espresso and whipped cream. Delicious!!! I will definitely visit again when I'm in Durham. Highly recommend.

Photo of Virginia Graves Virginia Graves
Mar 14, 2021 5

Great local coffee shop! They have such unique specialtu drinks on their "Wonder Menu", which they rotate seasonally and make unique for each location. First place I've tried Macadamia milk in a latte, and I must say it is delicious! Love getting a coffee while dashing through the farmer's market on Saturdays.

Photo of Kym Gardner Kym Gardner
Jan 26, 2021 5

Cocoa Cinnamon is a fave of ours for a great cup of coffee and a pastry, even during COVID. (I think I had the best latte ever the other morning, and the cinnamon muffin thing was perfect.) Living on the other side of town, we don't get by very often, but when we do, we always find it worth the trip.

Photo of Naomi Alston Naomi Alston
Jan 10, 2021 5

Cocoa Cinnamon us always a great pick me up! Their coffee is fresh and always taste amazing! Always an experience!

Photo of Shantel Richardson Shantel Richardson
Dec 29, 2020 5

Everything is to go currently with a built in tip. They still have amazing sipping chocolate. On my most recent visit, the most moist and flavorful rum cake.

Photo of Frank C. Frank C.
Dec 18, 2020 4

Great local coffee shop with light fare, open for takeout during corona. Also sells whole bean coffee too! They always have really interesting roasts and teas.

Photo of Matthew Larson Matthew Larson
Nov 29, 2020 5

Glad they are promoting social distancing while still serving their customers supreme coffee!

Photo of Anonymous Rabbit Anonymous Rabbit
Nov 14, 2020 5

Love their drinks. You pay for what you get! Worth the extra money. I asked them to put edible glitter in my drink and it was amazing. COVID: I had no issue going to cocoa for drinks. Everything is completely contactless. Staff were masked and socially distanced. Although I wish they could set up some type of seating outside since you can only pick up and leave.

Photo of Courtney Jones Courtney Jones
Oct 8, 2020 5

Happy to support a Latina co-owned and woman-forward coffee shop on my visit to Durham! ✊🏾I loved my iced amuleto latte and my sister said her non-diary caramelo was delicious!

Photo of Katie McCarthy Katie McCarthy
Oct 1, 2020 5

I love Cocoa Cinnamon and have since Bike Coffee! Their Durham locations are creative, fun spaces for coffee, snacks and meeting friends or reading a book or just people watching. Their Little Waves Coffee Roasters coffee is delicious (and sustainable). I also love and appreciate how thoughtful they are with all aspects of their business - from the locations, buildings, artwork, staffing, public communications, and products!

Photo of Tramanh Nguyen Tramanh Nguyen
Sep 16, 2020 4

It was okay. Nothing super special. I got the durh fog and a caramel coffee. I think it's definitely an over priced place for a mediocre product. I wouldn't come here again.

Photo of Jenny Krause Jenny Krause
Aug 19, 2020 5

Cocoa Cinnamon is such a cute tea and pastry shop and they're taking excellent precautions for the pandemic right now, they even have an automatic 20% gratuity to help their employees have something closer to a living wage which I was really pleased & impressed by!! I love their matcha lattes and the churros at the chapel hill rd location are honestly to die for 😋

Photo of Doug Bright Doug Bright
Aug 28, 2020 5

Solid cup of coffee, good safety protocols, normal craft prices.

Photo of Casey Tyree Casey Tyree
Aug 16, 2020 5

They were wonderful. I thought I had fully submit my order, but missed a step. I finished the final submission and they did their best to make my order quickly, knowing I had expected it to be prepared.

Photo of Bindy Guyer Bindy Guyer
Aug 25, 2020 4

It's very beautiful and the people are so nice . A little expensive but worth it when that's the vibe 🤝

Photo of mike stewart mike stewart
Aug 26, 2020 5

Straight up cold brew coffee is delicious. No outdoor seating which would've been nice to have while drinking it

Photo of Siara Mims Siara Mims
Jul 18, 2020 5

Always love visiting Cocoa Cinnamon- the staff members are super friendly, chill, eclectic and craft delicious beverages. They also have excellent safety protocols in place currently.

Photo of Ashley Black Ashley Black
Apr 4, 2020 5

My sister works for your company and recommend you guys to us. We are still enjoying the coffee and it is so so great! We love shopping local and helping in this hard time. Thank YOU!!!

Photo of Anish Thakkar Anish Thakkar
Mar 26, 2020 4

This place is really nice, and the specialty latte beverages are noteworthy. I particularly enjoyed the Dr. Durham; a latte with extra micro-foam + homemade vanilla topped with maca root powder, ginger root powder and black lava salt. The salt really adds a welcome addition to the other strong flavors. It's the type of drink that you sip slow, which was perfect because it was pouring outside! The inside is cozy, similar to being at a good friend's house. There were many conversations in various languages, and I enjoyed a fine book while taking occasional breaks to eavesdrop (shamelessly). Staff were super-friendly and welcoming. Bathroom was quirky and clean. I really enjoy this place, and feel like above other coffee shops, it has owned its place within the thriving, ever-changing Durham cityscape.

Photo of Mina Myoi Mina Myoi
Mar 11, 2020 4

Nice place for coffee. The cafe is bit small, but they have nice tables outside too :-) We ordered mocha-ish latte and ice cold brew which were really good. The mocha-ish latte could have been bit sweeter.. I expected more chocolate after reading their description. Since they have other branches in durham and chapel hill, I would definetely like to check out those too. I also thought their enamel pins were cute :-)

Photo of Kelly Wiggen Kelly Wiggen
Feb 22, 2020 5

Super cool place. Both standard and unique drinks available. Wish I had something like this where I'm from! Would definitely be back if I lived here.

Photo of Maria Southard Maria Southard
Feb 8, 2020 5

Top notch coffee, rump cake, vibes & people watching. I love this place. Plenteous indoor & outdoor seating options. Best sipping chocolate I’ve ever had outside Paris. Rich seasonal menu. Once we shared a table with two sweet ladies that ended up coming to our wedding! Thanks, CC for attracting quality humans.

Photo of cynthia cazares cynthia cazares
Jan 12, 2020 5

The cashier today was so friendly idk what his name is but honestly he made me feel so welcomed & he just seemed to like his job! Thanks it made my day! I love Cocoa cinnamon ❤️

Photo of john lara john lara
Dec 20, 2019 5

Don’t let them fool you there’s a good amount of room once you get inside. The coffee is great and I personally haven’t had the food yet. Imo the place is a bit trendy which isn’t a bad thing at all it’s just typically not my scene. So me going should tell you the coffee is pretty great! There’s only 3 locations.... I went to this one when I was meeting a friend to study at the only one... so I found out that wasn’t true. There’s another coco cinnamon near chapel hill with great churros, they may have them at this location also I just didn’t know about them until the other location. Overall: I’d recommend this place to at least try it.

Photo of Kevin Robinson Kevin Robinson
Dec 11, 2019 5

Genuinely excellent coffee, genuinely excellent service, genuinely excellent atmosphere. Can't say enough good things about Cocoa Cinnamon on a daily basis, it's the epitome of the "classic coffee shop vibe" without the big city rush or angst. Pop in for a quick pick-me-up or stop by for a few hours to hammer out the next chapter in your novel, either way you won't be disappointed. Cocoa Cinnamon is the right balance of relaxing and energising.

Photo of Ryan theChamp Ryan theChamp
Nov 6, 2019 5

Everything we have had here has been great. I love going here and I love the old building. The decor is nice too. The service is alway fast and pleasant. Tons of seating in and out side.

Photo of Sonia Hupfeld Sonia Hupfeld
Nov 12, 2019 5

Cocoa Cinnamon is one of my favourite places in Durham and a must-stop, even if you're passing through. You will never have to worry about whether or not you're going to enjoy your drink because everything is delicious. Everyone who works there has always been incredibly sweet, personable, and clearly love what they're doing. I would recommend, for coffee: Tower of Babel and for hot cocoa: Granada + Ixchel.

Photo of Daniel P Daniel P
Nov 13, 2019 5

This coffee shop has a great vibe! Not a ton of room inside, but that adds to its cozy feel (perfect for a Durham joint). Ample outdoor seating is available when it is warm out. Much of it is under cover, so seats can still be used in light rain. The coffee was good, but not amazing. I recommend their specialty drinks. They are not too sweet like many other popular destinations. I recommend this place to the solo book reader, the quiet date couple, or the busy student.

Photo of Daniel P Daniel P
Oct 22, 2019 5

This coffee shop has a great vibe! Not a ton of room inside, but that adds to its cozy feel (perfect for a Durham joint). Ample outdoor seating is available when it is warm out. Much of it is under cover, so seats can still be used in light rain. The coffee was good, but not amazing. I recommend their specialty drinks. They are not too sweet like many other popular destinations. I recommend the place to the solo book reader, the quit date couple, or the busy student.

Photo of Tim Hatch Tim Hatch
Oct 11, 2019 5

Excellent coffee. Great, knowledgeable, friendly staff. Comfy indoor and outdoor seating. Great remote work location.

Photo of Jacqueline Kumar Jacqueline Kumar
Oct 9, 2019 5

The hot chocolate options are sooooo yummy and make me feel like I’m right back in San Francisco. Turmeric? Yes please! Ginger? Yes! Cardamom? Of course! And the chocolate in the drinks is properly dark.

Photo of Mike Marchetto Mike Marchetto
Sep 4, 2019 5

Great coffee with a cute and comfortable atmosphere. Parking is tough at busy times with all the nightlife places nearby. There isn't much seating inside but it's comfortable and there are a few work surfaces. The covered outdoor seating is very pleasant when the weather cooperates. Great little coffee shop!

Photo of Josh Deena Josh Deena
Sep 22, 2019 4

I absolutely adore Cocoa Cinnamon. It is welcoming, cozy, and friendly and there is plenty of space to sit and get some work done or chat with a friend. Their coffee is also quite good. The drawback, however, is the fact that sometimes there is not enough parking around Cocoa Cinnamon.

Photo of Nathan Wilson Nathan Wilson
Aug 5, 2019 5

Nice spot, somewhat limited seating but lots of stools available to pull up to a place to set your drink. Built in an old garage, also real good coffee and chocolate drinks. Friendly staff as well!

Photo of Paul Cray Paul Cray
Aug 2, 2019 5

The inside of this coffee shop is much bigger than its outside would suggest. The decor is really interesting and it had a lively vibe as opposed to some shops that are more quiet than a library. The baristas were quick, fast, friendly, and very helpful. I got a latte and you can tell that the vanilla syrup is homemade. I would highly suggest this place!

Photo of Aidan Morrison Aidan Morrison
Jul 7, 2019 5

The BEST cold brew in town! Stayed in Charlotte for a weekend and literally went here every day for coffee. Barista Stella was the nicest person ever and gave me and my friend some ideas on what to do in Charlotte. The environment is also very cool! Interior design aids the mod coffee shop vibe. And the second level is a perfect place to study.

Photo of A Cross A Cross
Jul 3, 2019 4

Cute place with indoor and shaded outdoor seating. I got a spiced drinking chocolate, iced with a shot of espresso, and the spinach pastry which was really good. The drinks definitely can be pricey depending on what you get but it was kind of expected because of the setting. Although my drink was good it wasn't worth the expense. I would go again to get a pastry and less expensive drink.

Photo of Jackie Limott Jackie Limott
May 1, 2019 5

Quite possibly the best coffee experience in the city. I love that the menu and offerings rotate every month, meaning there is always something new to try. The atmosphere and design is incredible and the staff are super friendly. Also a good opportunity to get hands-on with equipment if you are considering buying something.

Photo of Brandon Srinath Brandon Srinath
Jun 8, 2019 5

Can be busy in the morning but they usually keep the line moving. It can take a while in line if they are explaining an item to a customer, but it is nice that they do explain. Outdoor seating. Nice staff. Good coffee.

Photo of Monique Rentas Monique Rentas
Jun 2, 2019 5

Quaint and lovely coffee shop. It is deceiving in size, it looks small when I drove up but it was quite large and had generous seating. The staff was lovely and helpful when presented with multiple questions and requests. I think I have found my new local coffee shop. In addition to the above, they have a a pretty awesome menu and items. Everything I tried was delicious (coffee, tea and food were tasted) and nicely priced. Highly recommended.

Photo of Damjan Denoble Damjan Denoble
Jun 8, 2019 5

The coffee here is world class. I haven't had better anywhere in Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Turkey or any other coffee culture mecca you can think of. It's also just a welcoming spot. Best in Durham.

Photo of jessica rojas jessica rojas
Jun 3, 2019 5

If you are in the mood for a cup of coffee and are Adventurous than this is your place. As someone not originally from the area this coffee shop feels very full of community. With local art and a bulletin board full of local events and organizations this place embodies Durham culture. They have unique drinks and friendly people and I feel like you could make a couple friends while just standing in line. Would recommend

Photo of Christina Zeno Christina Zeno
May 1, 2022 5

Ordered two specialty lattes (harvest and mocha something) and cinnamon pull-apart bread! Yum! Atmosphere inside was amazingly cozy. Outdoor area was rustic and pet friendly with tons of sitting room to enjoy weather on a sunny day.

Photo of Robin Mehera Robin Mehera
May 15, 2022 4

Went here for a afternoon pick me up. They have a pretty good selection. They sell coffee bags, but I think only jay z can afford them. They were $35 a bag. I’d recommend going for just a to go. Good cofffee for sure

Photo of Mary Kelly Mary Kelly
May 3, 2022 4

I just randomly stopped by today— just now. I know nothing about coffee except black straight up it’s intimidating to order coffee when you don’t know anything about it. The two girls behind the bar were great they surprised me with the coffee shops signature coffee. It was fabulous my only regret is I wish I had gotten a bigger one. This will be a regular stop on my way home to Apex maybe one day I will be able to sit and enjoy the outside at one of there bistro tables, thanks girls!!