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“The finest example of an independent coffee shop” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Trent River Coffee Shop

Trent River Coffee Shop
Ranked #1 of 9 Coffee & Tea in New Bern
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Raleigh
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110 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“The finest example of an independent coffee shop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

Trent River Coffee Company opened nearly 20 years ago and has become an oasis of stability in a downtown that has seen more than its share of change in that time. The first thing you have to realize, it's not S***bucks!. Second, you need to know it's cash only. The owner, who has made a miraculous recovery from a very serious illness, has done a great job making this shop a fabulous place for conversation, coffee, and a wide variety of entertainment. I was a morning regular for the first three years TRCC was open and make it a point to visit every time I am in the area. Quirky, sure it's quirky and ecclectic. Spend some time, sip some coffee, talk to Ed and some of the folks who are frequent visitors and you'll make some new friends.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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New Bern, North Carolina
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41 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Best open mike in Craven county”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2012

Enjoy a true cup of Joe and listen to top music acts from NC at a very nominal cover charge but most are free! Just can't go wrong here!

Visited November 2012
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New Bern, North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not impressed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

I got a mocha there after the Santa Paws Parade, and it tasted terrible. I liked how pet-friendly they were, but I was not impressed with the service.

Visited December 2011
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Thank emilywhite4031
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Bowie, MD
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387 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Just about everything a coffee shop should be”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

Great coffee, great music, great art work, people sitting around and talking, and best of all, fliers of local events. Found "Craven's Got Talent", $5 admission for Special Olympics, which local mostly professional performers, and everything from "Opry" to "Opera" in one night. Trent River is where we found out about it. They accept cash only, but there are nearby ATMs. Only thing I wish they had was a few "comfy chairs", because for me, this is part of the fun of going for coffee.

Visited September 2012
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Thank tlhjar
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Princeton,NJ
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108 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“good ambience from locals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

Enjoyable experience from two visits. Coffee is probably the best in town, but still not up to my very, very high standards (I roast my own), nonetheless it really was just fine. The locals were excellent. I chatted with a few older guys about the town as we are thinking to move here. They were VERY nice and very informative.
Overall very good vibe here.
Wifi works well.

Visited August 2012
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Thank NorthSouth
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