Raleigh >Restaurants > Global Village Organic Coffee
2428 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760735.787794 -78.667806
Best Coffee in Raleigh – I've been going to GV since I was in college at NCSU. That was over 10 years ago! GV has the best coffee in Raleigh--and I've tried a lot of coffee in Raleigh, even Helios (close 2nd). In addition, the coffee, lattes, et al, are far less expensive than a crappy cup of Starbucks. The coffee is roasted locally and super fresh. But, I think it's the owner's charm and the inviting atmosphere that takes GV to the next level. The owner will remember you and your name each time you come back. He always takes time to check in on my life and my family.
Nazi Owner Is a Nut Job: Beware – Was asked to meet two people here to discuss a project and we sat at a back table. The two of them both purchased a cup of coffee, but I don't drink coffee and we sat and talked for 40 minutes. There were only a few people in the coffee shop when we arrived but when we left, it was filling up and a fairly long line as well.
The owner called out to me as I was leaving from the register and asked me what my name was. I politely told him my name and he very rudely responded "my name is blah-blah and I'm the owner. Next time you come in here I expect you to buy something and not use my establishment as your own personal office". Now, the other two people I met with bought coffee, I'm the only one that did not. While I understand he has a business to run we took a small table and 2 of the three sitting there ordered something. I found it odd and rude for him to call me out. We were all professionals, spoke quietly between our table and I cannot understand why this fruit called me out.
I don't know what cranked that old Swish off this morning, but he is not going to help his business by raging at customers for no good reason.
Save yourself the hassle and grab a cup of joe elsewhere. The rancid old queen that owns this place must be stuck in some alternative lifestyle "Friends" episode where everyone's life revolves around the happenings of Central Perk.
Best coffees and ambience in NC! Period. – Not just the best in RALEIGH...the BEST East of Asheville! Visiting Global Village in the early morning on Saturdays has become a family 'tradition' with us. The ambience is relaxing, and somehow, Mike ALWAYS remembers our names (AND our drink preferences.) What to order is no problem, we just say "Surprise me!!" and wait for the treat!! I have NEVER been dissappointed. EVER. Well worth the extra 5 minute walk/ride/drive to get there!
Oh...and the Scones are REALLY scrumptious...
What I always imagine when I think of Coffee Shop – Whenever, I think of the perfect coffee shop, I think of a place like global village. The atmosphere seems lively yet relaxed. The staff has always been friendly and efficient. The coffee is really fantastic and is as good if not better than places like starbucks! Global village definitely has a large selection of coffees, teas, and food, though I usually just pick up a hot coffee or latte. There's a fairly generous amount of seating with cozy nooks and such. Don't miss out on this one!
I have never had a better coffee – Ever since Global Village opened in the late 1990's, I have rated coffee houses on a scale of 0 to Global Village. I have had coffees all over the world and never seen better coffee. Mike, I don't know what you do... but keep it up!
great community coffee shop – The location is great for NC State students. I have had lattes, apple ciders, mochas, and italian sodas and enjoyed each one. The panini are also tasty. The atmosphere is eclectic and comfortable. The best is the fact that when the seats fill up (as they inevitably do), there is always someone willing to let you camp at their table. The glassware used in-house cuts down on waste. Students, professors, and suits all frequent this gem.
friendliest staff, great teas and great concept! – I do wish the hours were longer, and there were more outlets for laptops; but everything else at Global Village makes up for this. Mike and his staff are really friendly, and helpful (Mike somehow remembers everyone's name!). The paninis are great, and they have an amazing selection of teas (besides coffees). It's my favorite place in town to study.
Additionally, I LOVE that there is an emphasis on organic, fair trade coffee, etc. It's really encouraging to see a business acting responsibly.
Editorial Review – Cozy coffeehouse sells a variety of organic and shade grown coffee, specialty drinks and organic loose leaf teas.
Great places...but a few downfalls – Fantastic chai (and from what I hear their coffee is pretty good). The atmosphere is great for studying. Typically the music is entertaining and the live music on the weekends is great. Global Village went WiFi recently, but they don't have any outlets for customers! If you are planning on coming for studying with the laptop--charge up the battery and stay focused, then fight for the only outlet in the place when it becomes dire. Wish the place was open later especially since it is near NCSU and Meredith. One of the best coffee places in town. Maybe if we badger the owner enough he'll put in some extension cords and power/surge strips for all us laptop users.
Great Atmosphere and Great Coffee ... arguably the best in the area. – A really nice hang out place ... with fantastic coffee. Mike & his crew ensure the best quality of service with great tasting coffees. I get my gal here all the time and she loves it as well. There are a coupla board games around .... free internet, nice sofas. I strongly recommend it.
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