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216 E. Kings Highway, Haddonfield, NJ
  • Starbucks, I believe, began the current coffee house fad that in some ways harkens back to the beatnik years of the 50s and the old time general store

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      Starbucks, I believe, began the current coffee house fad that in some ways harkens back to the beatnik years of the 50s and the old time general store. A place to kick back, have a cup, share and learn what’s new around town, meet friends and neighbors, listen or read poetry, listen to others’ or share your musical talent. Basically, a neighborhood chatroom, literally.

      Well, the Starbucks we go to is located on the corner of Kings Highway and Haddon Ave in Haddonfield, NJ. Although it is in one of the wealthiest towns in our area, there is no feeling of exclusion to be found therein. Anyone who wants to come in a sit is welcome. We’ve seen college students doing assignments, high school students picking up a pick-me-up after school, a rabbi discussing an


      upcoming marriage ceremony for who of his congregants, and others like us who just want to enjoy some coffee away from the hectic-ness of our lives.

      Now, we’ve been to other Starbucks, such as the ones in Barnes and Noble or a free-standing store in Turnersville, but we always come back to Haddonfield. Their coffee is fresher because they make new pots every 15 minutes where others might let the coffee linger longer. Plus, the turnover here is more frequent which allows the coffee to be fresher as well. Other stores seem to serve a more dilute-flavored coffee - not sure why, but it seems that way.

      We’ve even tried other coffee houses, but only a few have coffee we enjoy in any way. There were some whose coffee tasted like burnt ash and others that ...


      • tasted like dirty water. But, there are an acceptable few that we enjoy when we’re just not in the mood for Starbucks or when we’re in the mood for the atmosphere they uniquely offer.

        However, we always seem to return to Haddonfield. Set in the middle of a revolutionary era town in Camden County, there is just an overall atmosphere there that sooths. Kings Highway is lined with small shops and many centuries old trees that provide shade and serenity. There is a quaintness that you just can’t find in most other locations. Those set in the bookstores are nice, but the surroundings are so entirely different.

        The other thing with Haddonfield is the quantity and quality of their food items. While some items are the same in most stores, I’ve never had one single

        item from Haddonfield that wasn’t at peak quality. They don’t hold items over to the next day, and when they run out, they run out. I just LOVE their Very Berry coffeecake and the cranberry-raisin oatmeal cookies. I don’t think I’ve ever had better.

        There is also a fireplace in the Haddonfield store that is lit during winter hours. It adds both atmosphere and warmth to a room that can feel chilly because of the ceiling to floor pane glass storefront windows. There are both easy chairs as well as wooden chairs on which to sit combined with barstools for the counter in the serving area; not to mention the availability of WiFi for laptop users. All in all, it’s a great place for coffee as well as a nice place to go to get away.




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