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Inside This Family-Friendly Cafe in Cedar Grove

by Jodi Cirincione
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Cedar Bean’s Coffee Joint is located just minutes from downtown Montclair and offers a fun, family-friendly environment that sets it apart in the local coffee shop scene. Upon walking into Cedar Bean’s, guests will find outside seating as well as a brightly colored, full-size piano. Read on for more about this quirky cafe in Cedar Grove.

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Inside Cedar Bean’s

Inside, there is spacious seating, comfortable couches, and Pac-Man for anyone in the mood to play. The coffee shop’s four-tier bookshelf is packed with children’s books for all ages.

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In addition to the fun, laid-back atmosphere of Cedar Bean’s, the coffee shop hosts community activities such as open mic nights, artist spotlights, and musicians geared for children such as Guitar Bob on select Saturday mornings. Cedar Beans is the kind of community coffee shop where the whole family can relax and stay awhile.

The menu features rotating house coffee each day as well as seasonal drinks and lattes.  The French Toast and Snickerdoodle Lattes are customer favorites. Kids will enjoy the steamers such as the Monkey Business (Banana, Caramel, and Steamed Milk) and Purple Rain (White Chocolate, Lavender, and Steamed Milk.) The Baristas are charged with creating new drinks and according to the owner, the homemade Chai is a popular choice. Unsure what to order? Choose from the board at the register that displays both baristas and costumer’s favorite picks by name. Breakfast and lunch items are also available including the popular avocado and mozzarella bruschetta toasts. 

The owner, Dave Fletcher, reflected upon Cedar Bean’s success by stating, “We identified a need for not only a coffee shop but a gathering place outside of the day-to-day.” Fletcher goes on to stress the importance of the arts to the coffee shop’s mission as evidenced by the wall-to-wall art gallery and regular open mic nights.  A great example of the owner’s creativity and community focus is the playful treasure hunts where patrons search for gift cards in the trails of Cedar Grove as announced on the Cedar Bean’s Instagram account.

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Whether searching for a meeting place to catch up with friends or a coffee shop that will amuse your energetic toddler, Cedar Bean’s is a great choice.  For more information, visit the shop’s Instagram via @cedarbeanscoffeejoint.

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