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Whether you're a coffee lover or just looking for an extra perk, Wednesday is the day for you.

It's National Coffee Day — a day to celebrate your caffeinated craze with the rest of the country.

The holiday comes at the perfect time as the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to turn crisp and orange-red. Feeling cozy is just a natural response to the changing seasons, so what better way to do that than with a (hot or cold) caffeinated beverage. 

And if one day's not enough to share your coffee love, Friday is International Coffee Day.

As the coffee celebrations commence, here's a list of 15 coffee houses in South Jersey that'll get you in the fall season. Have fun exploring — which supports small businesses, but doesn't mean you can't also score your free National Coffee Day jolt from Wawa.

Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, Hammonton

Nestled in downtown Hammonton, this quaint shop has all the coffee and sweet treats.

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Treat yourself to a Bon Bon (a flavored, layered drink with espresso and whipped cream) or a Casciano (espresso and steamed milk sweetened with your favorite flavor: caramel, mocha or white mocha).

If you’re in a festive mood, check out their Halloween frappe —  the Jack Skellington Frappe is a combination of spiced chai, espresso, pumpkin and a swirl of mocha that honors the pumpkin king.

And if  your sweet tooth still hasn’t been satisfied,  there are plenty of baked goods to choose from such as biscotti, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, muffins, scones and croissants.

Go: 212 Bellevue Ave., 609-561-2600; cascianocoffee.com

Coffee Talk, Stone Harbor

If you’re a Taylor Swift fan, Coffee Talk should definitely be on your to-do list.

This Stone Harbor shop is where the singer got her start, performing acoustic shows when she spent summers with family as a child in the quaint beach town.

There’s an eclectic décor and cozy atmosphere with old newspapers covering the walls, mismatched chairs and comfy couches throughout.

Try flavored coffees like bananas Foster, Hawaiian hazelnut, oatmeal cookie crumble and an old-fashioned doughnut. There also are cold brews on tap, golden milk, matcha, teas and espresso drinks, as well as gourmet breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods.

Go:  299 97th St., Stone Harbor; 609-368-5282, facebook.com/coffeetalk.nj/

Death of the Fox Brewing Company, Clarksboro

Despite the pandemic, founder and president Chuck Garrity added a coffee roastery to Death of the Fox, making his Clarksboro business a craft beer brewery, coffeehouse and roastery.

Death of the Fox serves coffee and tea from lattes to pour-overs and sells beans for home brewing all day, while the beer taps open up for flights and pours after noon.

Be sure to keep an eye out for their latte of the month — this month is pumpkin pie. We recommend Creme Brulee latte.

Go: 119 Berkley Road, Unit B, 856-599-1655; deathofthefoxbrewing.com

Endgrain Coffee Roasters, Pitman and Collingswood

National Coffee Day is extra special for owner Joe Fultano and his wife Tori.

"My wife and I got married on National Coffee Day, but we didn't realize until after we booked the venue, completely a coincidence," Joe shared. 

The couple has been pouring enjoyable coffee for South Jersey since 2015, and now has locations in Pitman and Collingswood. 

Whether you like it hot or cold, Endgrain has many options to choose from. There’s nitro, cold brew slushies, cappuccinos, espresso shots, pour overs and green tea/chai lattes for the tea drinkers.

Pair your coffee with house-made pastries on the weekends at both locations. 

Be sure to look out for their new house-made flavor for October: Brown Sugar and Bourbon.

Go: 10 Pitman Ave., Pitman and 13 Fern Ave., Collingswood, 856-553-8887; endgrain.coffee

Evermore Coffee Roasters, Burlington

Owned and operated by Lauren and Ryan Vaxmonsky, Evermore has the perfect seasonal and Halloween feel with a warm atmosphere and Edgar Allen Poe theme.

The Vaxmonskys have a fall drink menu featuring all the classic fall flavors:

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The Pumpkinhead, also referred to as a “damn fine pumpkin spice latte," is made with their Live Wire espresso blend and house-made pumpkin syrup, topped with freshly grated nutmeg. The Slightly Skewed Cider is a steamed apple cider made with Slightly Skewed house-blend coffee, oat milk, mole bitters and topped with cinnamon.

Then there’s Whiskey and Waffles, a classic latte made with their own Live Wire espresso, sweetened with barrel-aged maple syrup and garnished with a stroopwafel.  The Campfire Cap is a cappuccino made with Live Wire espresso, dark chocolate, cinnamon and topped with a torched cinnamon-swirl marshmallow fluff (handmade in small batches from local business Jersey Gal Creations).

Finally, there’s the Cardamom Cold Brew for those cold coffee drinkers. It’s a cold brew lightly sweetened with house-made honey cardamom syrup and topped with sweetened cold foam and cinnamon.

Pair your drink with pastries or snacks like butter croissant with apple compote, pound cake, a honey apple parfait and more.

Be on the lookout for their limited-edition Halloween blend also called Pumpkinhead, which will be available by the cup and by the bag for home brewing on the second week of October.

Go: 30 E. Union St., 609-699-1088; evermorecoffee.com

Grooveground Coffeebar, Collingswood

This coffee shop in the heart of Collingswood offers drinks as eclectic as its interior, such as Café Bombon (espresso with condensed milk), Green Tea Blueberry Matcha and sparkling coolers (we recommend the citrus mango).

And if you’re hungry, there are plenty of bakery and breakfast items to choose from.

Be sure to try their fall flavors to get into the season — they’ve got a Pumpkin Pie and Peanut Butter Cup latte and a Salted Caramel Mocha made with La Colombe espresso.

Go: 647 Haddon Ave., 856-869-9800; grooveground.com

Harvest Coffee Roastery, Medford and Voorhees

Owner and master roaster Joe Johnston opened the Medford shop about nine years ago. He recently moved the location a mile away to the new The Feed Mill at Medford Village, a destination marketplace.

Order a cup of drip, Chemex or French press coffee for a hot drink. Or try out the Japanese iced coffee or nitro coffee for something cold.

There also are hot teas, chai lattes, nitro teas and hot cocoas available.

Go: 8109 Town Center Blvd., Voorhees and 67 N Main St., Medford, 856-281-9645 and 609-975-8484; harvestcoffee.com

Hayday Coffee, Atlantic City

Just a five-minute walk from Central Pier Arcade, Hayday Coffee is Atlantic City’s first independent coffee shop. It was created by local friends Evan Sanchez, Loryn Simonsen and Zenith Shah in 2017.

The shop offers drinks for coffee, tea and hot cocoa lovers, including drip coffees, nitro cold brews, red-eyes, flavored lattes, matcha lattes, chai, herbal teas and seasonal hot cocoas.

Breakfast items like oatmeal, oat bowls and yogurt, and baked goods like Italian almond ricotta cake and lemon bars also are available.

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Go: 155 S. New York Ave., Atlantic City; 609-300-5142, haydaycoffee.com

Jersey Java and Tea Co., Haddonfield

If you’re looking for a quaint spot to sip on your cold brew, latte or plain drip coffee, Jersey Java has a bunch of wooden tables and black wicker chairs with surrounding greenery to enjoy your caffeinated beverage.

There also are baked goods like scones, bagels, muffins and a variety of quiches including goat cheese and red pepper and broccoli and cheddar.

Go: 140 N Haddon Ave., 856-428-0707; jerseyjavaandtea.com

Nuanced Cafe, Camden

Rosemari Hicks opened the first-of-its-kind Black-owned cafe in Camden earlier this year, bringing specialty drinks and more.

Along with a list of coffee options, guests can find teas, pastries and cold-pressed juices to enjoy.

Be sure to say hello to Hicks when you visit — she'll tell you all about her love for Camden.

Go: 225 Market St., 856-203-7252; nuancedcafe.com

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The Piccolo Cafe, Vineland

Looking for organic coffee in a cozy cafe? Well, this Vineland cafe offers hot and cold drinks including lattes, milkshakes, teas and comfort foods like burgers, waffle fries, paninis and avocado toast.

Owner Carmine De Thomasi recommends guests try their specialty and seasonal lattes. 

Plus, they’ve got desserts like ice cream, scones and baked goods to enjoy.

Go: 3569 E. Landis Ave., 856-563-0009; facebook.com/thepiccolocafe

Revolution Coffee Roasters, Collingswood

Walking into this Collingswood coffee shop, you’ll be greeted by festive decorations like a skeleton sipping a small coffee, and likely sporting a locally made T-shirt.

The shop owned and operated by two friends Steve McFadden and Justin Ettore has all your caffeine needs met from macchiatos to mochas to beans to brew at home. They’ve even got matcha and chai for the tea lovers.

We recommend their cold brew with a pump of pumpkin spice for the fall season.

Go: 809 Haddon Ave., 856-240-0640; revolutioncoffeeroasters.com

Saxbys, Haddonfield

Calling all doughnut lovers — Saxbys has two “donut-steeped” cold brews for you to try. (It’s cold brew with doughnut-steeped oat milk, vanilla, topped with sprinkles.)

Along with the donut brews, the shop across from Haddy the Dinosaur offers a comfortable cafe atmosphere where guests can order from a wide selection of cold brews, a variety of pumpkin and matcha flavored drinks and the classics like drip coffee and lattes.

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You also can pair your drink of choice with a donut from Okie Dokie Donuts, bakery items like scones, biscotti, cookies, muffins and crumb cake or a variety of toasts like the PB&J Toast and the Bacon Jam & Chive Avo Toast.

Go: 104 Kings Hwy E., 856-429-3785; saxbyscoffee.com

Trouble Brewing Coffee House, Haddon Heights

Whether it's an Americano or a cappuccino you're looking for, Trouble Brewing pours out La Colombe coffee in different styles.  

Along with hot and cold coffees, the Haddon Heights shop has breakfast items like Belgian waffles and egg and cheese on brioche, and a variety of panini for lunch. 

Go: 514 Station Ave., 856-617-6638; troublebrewingcoffeehouse.com

Ventnor Coffee, Ventnor City

Two blocks from the beach, there’s a spot to get innovative baked items paired with fair-trade coffee and organic teas.

Friends Cookie Till and Kim Richmond’s coffee shop was inspired by shops the two had visited in their travels. Till and Richmond experiment daily with natural ingredients and showcase their interpretation of small-batch baking.

Go: 108 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor City; 609-992-3046, facebook.com/ventnorcoffee.

Hira Qureshi covers food and drink for the Courier Post, Burlington County Times, Daily Journal, Bucks County Times and Intelligencer. She can be reached at HQureshi@gannettnj.com or 856-287-8106. Help support local journalism with a digital subscription.

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