Crema Coffee

★★★★★
  • 1983 High House Rd

    Cary, NC 27519

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  • 919-380-1840

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As the owner of Crema Coffee, I would like to defend myself against two unwarranted and slanderous reviews.\r
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"Reviewer7642" was so incredibly condescending, shockingly rude, and had such an attitude of entitlement that her own husband

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As the owner of Crema Coffee, I would like to defend myself against two unwarranted and slanderous reviews.\r
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"Reviewer7642" was so incredibly condescending, shockingly rude, and had such an attitude of entitlement that her own husband

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The downside of the good coffee is the noise of the grinder. It's not a good place to hang out, but rather the type of place where you want to take your coffee and go.

You should bring cash or prepare to purchase a Crema Card. Beware of this, however, because it is relatively easy to cross the owners when it comes to store policies. There are plenty of places to get a great cup of coffee - especially since "It's a Grind" opened back up.

I would prefer to frequent a place where there's no danger of being kicked in the head (see review below).....

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The downside of the good coffee is the noise of the grinder. It's not a good place to hang out, but rather the type of place where you want to take your coffee and go.

You should bring cash or prepare to purchase a Crema Card. Beware of this, however, because it is relatively easy to cross the owners when it comes to store policies. There are plenty of places to get a great cup of coffee - especially since "It's a Grind" opened back up.

I would prefer to frequent a place where there's no danger of being kicked in the head (see review below).....

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Crema has both benefits and drawbacks. One of the drawbacks is that the store can be loud when the grinder is going. If you're looking for a relatively quiet place for work or a conversation, you might want to take this into account.

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Crema has both benefits and drawbacks. One of the drawbacks is that the store can be loud when the grinder is going. If you're looking for a relatively quiet place for work or a conversation, you might want to take this into account.

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Kevin and Regina run a really great place. There are *occasionally* people who use these forums to try and paint a negative image of an otherwise perfectly fine establishment, but usually they have an axe to grind. I've been going to Crema

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Kevin and Regina run a really great place. There are *occasionally* people who use these forums to try and paint a negative image of an otherwise perfectly fine establishment, but usually they have an axe to grind. I've been going to Crema

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Regina and Kevin take deserved pride in serving customers with a smile. The luscious smell of roasting beans greets you when you walk in. Kevin makes the coolest hearts and pumpkins as a flourish on top of my daughter's and my lattes!

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Regina and Kevin take deserved pride in serving customers with a smile. The luscious smell of roasting beans greets you when you walk in. Kevin makes the coolest hearts and pumpkins as a flourish on top of my daughter's and my lattes!

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I forgot this review and that horrible day for a year. I can't figure out how to delete this whole thing or I would. You are mean and you have mean friends.

After you denied me service, I gave my Crema Card which I was going to use

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I forgot this review and that horrible day for a year. I can't figure out how to delete this whole thing or I would. You are mean and you have mean friends.

After you denied me service, I gave my Crema Card which I was going to use

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The guy at the counter kept talking to a friend of his, completely ignoring the customer (me). After waiting more than 10 minutes in spite of no line, they take my order. I was out of cash and when I tried to pay with my credit card, they told me there was a surcharge of $0.50.

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The guy at the counter kept talking to a friend of his, completely ignoring the customer (me). After waiting more than 10 minutes in spite of no line, they take my order. I was out of cash and when I tried to pay with my credit card, they told me there was a surcharge of $0.50.

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I don't care if the managment rapes my dog and kicks my kids in the ass. I don't go to Crema Coffe to get my ass kissed. I go there to get the best damn coffee i can get my hands on. This place serves sex in a cup. My head just about exploded the other day. God damn!!!! A chimp chimp chimp on me! Bunnnnn-ay'! Get'm flash! The Coffee is kexcellent, no... it's Rexcellent!

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I don't care if the managment rapes my dog and kicks my kids in the ass. I don't go to Crema Coffe to get my ass kissed. I go there to get the best damn coffee i can get my hands on. This place serves sex in a cup. My head just about exploded the other day. God damn!!!! A chimp chimp chimp on me! Bunnnnn-ay'! Get'm flash! The Coffee is kexcellent, no... it's Rexcellent!

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I love the "mom and pop" feel of this place. It's a relaxing experience to order a coffee at Crema Coffee and I love to sit there in the peaceful environment and chill before a long day at work.

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I love the "mom and pop" feel of this place. It's a relaxing experience to order a coffee at Crema Coffee and I love to sit there in the peaceful environment and chill before a long day at work.

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Kevin, Regina and Maureen are truly wonderful people! I have known them for more than a decade. I consider Maureen to be my sister and introduce her as such even though are skin tones are different. They are very special people. Kevin is beyond talented and has worked in the best shops in New York city. His knowledge of the industry is unsurpassed in the area. He is a master roaster and is well know in the north and south. Regina is a sweet heart and the marketing specialist. Maureen is the visionary. What a team! My husband and I have followed them for years.
They go beyond the call of duty for their customers. There are endless stories of their selflessness to their customers so much so that the testimonials go on and on. 3 star and 5 star reviewers return again and again. They must be doing it right. True coffee connoisseurs know the difference between Starbucks, McDonalds and Crema. Starbucks is ok, McDonalds is good but Crema is superb! The atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant but still comfortable. Their prices do not fluctuate from week to week. It is their generosity that gets taken advantage of! Try Crema! I guarantee you will fall in love with them regardless of where you are from!

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Kevin, Regina and Maureen are truly wonderful people! I have known them for more than a decade. I consider Maureen to be my sister and introduce her as such even though are skin tones are different. They are very special people. Kevin is beyond talented and has worked in the best shops in New York city. His knowledge of the industry is unsurpassed in the area. He is a master roaster and is well know in the north and south. Regina is a sweet heart and the marketing specialist. Maureen is the visionary. What a team! My husband and I have followed them for years.
They go beyond the call of duty for their customers. There are endless stories of their selflessness to their customers so much so that the testimonials go on and on. 3 star and 5 star reviewers return again and again. They must be doing it right. True coffee connoisseurs know the difference between Starbucks, McDonalds and Crema. Starbucks is ok, McDonalds is good but Crema is superb! The atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant but still comfortable. Their prices do not fluctuate from week to week. It is their generosity that gets taken advantage of! Try Crema! I guarantee you will fall in love with them regardless of where you are from!

Pros: Staff is awesome, knowledgable and gracious

Cons: I have to travel from Durham. Open one here please!

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I truly love the coffee selection at Crema Coffee Roaster located at 1983 High House Road in Cary but today I had an unpleasant. I went in around 10am as I have for the last 3 weeks to fill my own cup which according to their sign is allowed. However, today the owner stated that TODAY it would no be $1.75 as posted to fill my cup but $3.00, because my cup (20 oz) was larger than their 16 oz cups. OK, I thought but I??ve seen people in their filling what looked like a 10 cup MUG and I??ve used the same cup for a week now and she never mentioned that it was ??over sized?. I looked around to see if the signs had changed and I missed it but they had not. That was ??1?!

Then I thought to myself well, I do love their coffee, so I won??t complain, but for that price, I??d rather have Starbucks. I mentioned that I??m watching every dollar and she responded ??Well, I??m working 80 hours a week with out a paycheck, so I know about watching every dollar?. That caught me as being a bit rude but ok.

After deciding to treat my self to something nicer that the house coffee, I pulled out my debit card as I didn??t have any cash. They to my surprise the owner then said ??For all transactions under $10, there will be an additional .50 cent service charge?. WOW, I thought, I??ve paid on my debit card before and there had NEVER been an addition charge nor had I heard mention that to any other customer before again as I??m there most week days for at least for a few hours and since it??s a small place its easy to hear the conversations of others.

Was that a polite way of kicking me out and telling me that they don??t want or need my business? Was I wearing the wrong color shirt? Or had I just irritated the boss in some way? My Mother and Father told me about the days in Atlanta when they walked in to certain placed that they were asked to leave or worse. I wonder if?? No way? right??????

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I truly love the coffee selection at Crema Coffee Roaster located at 1983 High House Road in Cary but today I had an unpleasant. I went in around 10am as I have for the last 3 weeks to fill my own cup which according to their sign is allowed. However, today the owner stated that TODAY it would no be $1.75 as posted to fill my cup but $3.00, because my cup (20 oz) was larger than their 16 oz cups. OK, I thought but I??ve seen people in their filling what looked like a 10 cup MUG and I??ve used the same cup for a week now and she never mentioned that it was ??over sized?. I looked around to see if the signs had changed and I missed it but they had not. That was ??1?!

Then I thought to myself well, I do love their coffee, so I won??t complain, but for that price, I??d rather have Starbucks. I mentioned that I??m watching every dollar and she responded ??Well, I??m working 80 hours a week with out a paycheck, so I know about watching every dollar?. That caught me as being a bit rude but ok.

After deciding to treat my self to something nicer that the house coffee, I pulled out my debit card as I didn??t have any cash. They to my surprise the owner then said ??For all transactions under $10, there will be an additional .50 cent service charge?. WOW, I thought, I??ve paid on my debit card before and there had NEVER been an addition charge nor had I heard mention that to any other customer before again as I??m there most week days for at least for a few hours and since it??s a small place its easy to hear the conversations of others.

Was that a polite way of kicking me out and telling me that they don??t want or need my business? Was I wearing the wrong color shirt? Or had I just irritated the boss in some way? My Mother and Father told me about the days in Atlanta when they walked in to certain placed that they were asked to leave or worse. I wonder if?? No way? right??????

Pros: Incredible selections and flavor! Beans roasted in house.

Cons: Increa

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This coffee house roasts their own beans making the aroma even more appealing! The coffee is excellent and there is always a buzz about the inside. With couches and tables and soft chairs, it's easy to hang out while you sip your joe!

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This coffee house roasts their own beans making the aroma even more appealing! The coffee is excellent and there is always a buzz about the inside. With couches and tables and soft chairs, it's easy to hang out while you sip your joe!

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Great coffee shop with good prices, as well as a yummy lunch selection. They are always friendly and ready to help! I love there salads and sandwiches as well as the coffee!

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Great coffee shop with good prices, as well as a yummy lunch selection. They are always friendly and ready to help! I love there salads and sandwiches as well as the coffee!

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By and far ??the best kept secret? on Fayetteville St. Beautiful modern atmosphere with a hometown feel & friendly service. They have REAL smoothies, 100% fruit and juice, which blow their competitor??s smoothies out the window. Yummy coffee and if you??re totally addicted like me they remember you & you??re order ~ I LOVE THAT! Ice cream is delicious with lots of fresh mix-ins. & Their root beer float is perfect! (Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?) Lunches are really fresh and the menu changes daily so there is always something new to try. Be sure to try the cucumber salad!! Oh and they make those old-fashioned Italian sodas with your choice of flavors, yum-yum! This place is def my fav spot for a "daytime drink" in downtown Raleigh.

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By and far ??the best kept secret? on Fayetteville St. Beautiful modern atmosphere with a hometown feel & friendly service. They have REAL smoothies, 100% fruit and juice, which blow their competitor??s smoothies out the window. Yummy coffee and if you??re totally addicted like me they remember you & you??re order ~ I LOVE THAT! Ice cream is delicious with lots of fresh mix-ins. & Their root beer float is perfect! (Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?) Lunches are really fresh and the menu changes daily so there is always something new to try. Be sure to try the cucumber salad!! Oh and they make those old-fashioned Italian sodas with your choice of flavors, yum-yum! This place is def my fav spot for a "daytime drink" in downtown Raleigh.

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Best coffee & people in the triangle and Carolina's, Geat service! Great environment! Best kept secret in the triangle.... i highly recommend Crema Coffee and the service great family operated establishment "Keep up the great work guys" - Your lifetime customer & friend, Matt .... Also let me add delicous Frapp's!!

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Best coffee & people in the triangle and Carolina's, Geat service! Great environment! Best kept secret in the triangle.... i highly recommend Crema Coffee and the service great family operated establishment "Keep up the great work guys" - Your lifetime customer & friend, Matt .... Also let me add delicous Frapp's!!

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Owners Regina and Kevin are tops, and make the best coffee in the area. Beans roasted on site, great atmosphere, truly a local gem.

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Owners Regina and Kevin are tops, and make the best coffee in the area. Beans roasted on site, great atmosphere, truly a local gem.

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Crema Coffee easily has the best coffee and espresso drinks in Cary, and is on par with the very best in the Triangle. The owners are very friendly, are excellent baristas and also roast their beans on site -- so the beans are always fresh roasted and the place smells fantastic! There is also lots of comfortable seating, a small outdoor patio and free wifi. Worth the drive.

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Crema Coffee easily has the best coffee and espresso drinks in Cary, and is on par with the very best in the Triangle. The owners are very friendly, are excellent baristas and also roast their beans on site -- so the beans are always fresh roasted and the place smells fantastic! There is also lots of comfortable seating, a small outdoor patio and free wifi. Worth the drive.

Pros: Espresso drinks

Cons: No evening hours

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I'm not a coffee drinker. So, I've pretty much stuck to the run of the mill when I do. Then, a friend to me to Crema. For the first time in my life, I drank a cup of coffee. The flavor was deep, dark, and rich. The owners add to the experience being friendly, intelligent, and with an obvious passion for what they do. Four thumbs up.

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I'm not a coffee drinker. So, I've pretty much stuck to the run of the mill when I do. Then, a friend to me to Crema. For the first time in my life, I drank a cup of coffee. The flavor was deep, dark, and rich. The owners add to the experience being friendly, intelligent, and with an obvious passion for what they do. Four thumbs up.

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Best coffee ever! Well, seriously, they make an excellent cup of coffee, the owners are friendly, the decor is nice and comfortable. You should definitely do yourself a favor and go to Crema- you won't regret it.

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Best coffee ever! Well, seriously, they make an excellent cup of coffee, the owners are friendly, the decor is nice and comfortable. You should definitely do yourself a favor and go to Crema- you won't regret it.

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When I returned from living in Italy, I was left desperately wanting for a REAL espresso. Starbucks or Caribou? Please, they can't even make a good cup of coffee to save their life. An espresso? Forget it. To make matters worse, most local independent places may have better coffee than mass-service places, but still can't do good espresso based drinks such as cappuccino.

The first time I happened upon Crema Coffee at Cornerstone Plaza (the southwest corner of High House and Davis in Cary) they had just opened. Walking in the place looked for real. There wasn't a subpar espresso machine, instead a La Marzocco was behind the counter. On the wall, a large assortment of different beans from Ethiopian to Central American to Java. Along the wall, a very large coffee roaster. See, they roast all their own coffee. So the coffee or espresso you are drinking or buying by the pound, is all fresh. If you don't know how important that is, you're missing out.

Anyways, I ordered an espresso. I prayed it would be as it had while living in Rome. When it came out there was a beautiful layer of crema (notice the play on words with the name of the shop?) on top. And not some fake layer of crema (using subpar Robusta beans), but from skill. This is delicious smooth crema on the top that isn't paper thin but permeates a 1/3 of the cup immediately after pouring with beautiful flakes of espresso. The next 2 steps were temperature and taste. It shouldn't be scalding hot, it wasn't. And the taste instantly transported me back to the Via del Corso. Perfetto!

While this may be largely a review of my first experience and espresso, the quality has followed for the subsequent seven months in both espresso, coffee, and best of all the service. Kevin and Regina do an outstanding job. Not only will I refuse to go to subpar coffee establishments, but I will drive completely out of the way from where I am to get my drink from Crema - the experience is that worth it.

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When I returned from living in Italy, I was left desperately wanting for a REAL espresso. Starbucks or Caribou? Please, they can't even make a good cup of coffee to save their life. An espresso? Forget it. To make matters worse, most local independent places may have better coffee than mass-service places, but still can't do good espresso based drinks such as cappuccino.

The first time I happened upon Crema Coffee at Cornerstone Plaza (the southwest corner of High House and Davis in Cary) they had just opened. Walking in the place looked for real. There wasn't a subpar espresso machine, instead a La Marzocco was behind the counter. On the wall, a large assortment of different beans from Ethiopian to Central American to Java. Along the wall, a very large coffee roaster. See, they roast all their own coffee. So the coffee or espresso you are drinking or buying by the pound, is all fresh. If you don't know how important that is, you're missing out.

Anyways, I ordered an espresso. I prayed it would be as it had while living in Rome. When it came out there was a beautiful layer of crema (notice the play on words with the name of the shop?) on top. And not some fake layer of crema (using subpar Robusta beans), but from skill. This is delicious smooth crema on the top that isn't paper thin but permeates a 1/3 of the cup immediately after pouring with beautiful flakes of espresso. The next 2 steps were temperature and taste. It shouldn't be scalding hot, it wasn't. And the taste instantly transported me back to the Via del Corso. Perfetto!

While this may be largely a review of my first experience and espresso, the quality has followed for the subsequent seven months in both espresso, coffee, and best of all the service. Kevin and Regina do an outstanding job. Not only will I refuse to go to subpar coffee establishments, but I will drive completely out of the way from where I am to get my drink from Crema - the experience is that worth it.

Pros: Fresh superior coffee, wide assortment of coffee (including rare beans), excellent drinks, and Customer Service

Cons: Not able to serve food such as panini. Only open until 6:00 pm right now.

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My quest for coffee perfection started a few years ago. After reading that coffee begins losing its flavors almost immediately after grinding, I bought a home grinder. I learned that the water should be between 195 and 205 degrees for as long as possible during the extraction and that typical home coffee brewers overheat or under heat. If you do not brew a full carafe, water is not in contact with the grounds long enough to extract the full range of flavor. I bought a thermometer and a french press to solve these problems. Grinding, measuring my water temperature and timing the brew with a french press? What next? A bit more research revealed that green coffee is good for 1-2 years but once roasted it is stale after 2-4 weeks! The final step in my quest for the perfect cup was to acquire a home roaster and purchase green coffee.

My friends and co-workers began calling me a coffee snob, and rightfully so, but there was another unfortunate side effect: I could no longer tolerate coffee from McDonalds or even Caribou or Starbucks.

About 6 months ago, Crema Coffee came to the rescue. When you walk in, you?ll notice a large roasting machine and sacks of green beans. You?ll notice a high-end espresso machine--not the fully automatic type but the type which requires a skilled barista. Kevin is the primary barista at Crema. You may see him discarding and re-making a shot. Why? Because he strives for perfect espresso shots. You WILL taste the espresso without paying for extra shots. You will also taste a difference between Crema's brewed coffees, and see a difference between the roast level of their beans (unlike Starbucks). There is ample and comfortable seating and wireless computer access. It isn?t just for the grown-ups either. My daughter loves the strawberry smoothies and my son loves the hot chocolate with frothed milk. If you buy coffee for home, please invest in a grinder and buy whole beans to preserve the fresh roasted quality.

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My quest for coffee perfection started a few years ago. After reading that coffee begins losing its flavors almost immediately after grinding, I bought a home grinder. I learned that the water should be between 195 and 205 degrees for as long as possible during the extraction and that typical home coffee brewers overheat or under heat. If you do not brew a full carafe, water is not in contact with the grounds long enough to extract the full range of flavor. I bought a thermometer and a french press to solve these problems. Grinding, measuring my water temperature and timing the brew with a french press? What next? A bit more research revealed that green coffee is good for 1-2 years but once roasted it is stale after 2-4 weeks! The final step in my quest for the perfect cup was to acquire a home roaster and purchase green coffee.

My friends and co-workers began calling me a coffee snob, and rightfully so, but there was another unfortunate side effect: I could no longer tolerate coffee from McDonalds or even Caribou or Starbucks.

About 6 months ago, Crema Coffee came to the rescue. When you walk in, you?ll notice a large roasting machine and sacks of green beans. You?ll notice a high-end espresso machine--not the fully automatic type but the type which requires a skilled barista. Kevin is the primary barista at Crema. You may see him discarding and re-making a shot. Why? Because he strives for perfect espresso shots. You WILL taste the espresso without paying for extra shots. You will also taste a difference between Crema's brewed coffees, and see a difference between the roast level of their beans (unlike Starbucks). There is ample and comfortable seating and wireless computer access. It isn?t just for the grown-ups either. My daughter loves the strawberry smoothies and my son loves the hot chocolate with frothed milk. If you buy coffee for home, please invest in a grinder and buy whole beans to preserve the fresh roasted quality.

Pros: The best coffee and espresso drinks in town. Great place to hang out.

Cons: Could sell more home equipment such as grinders.

 

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