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The Bay Area is packed full of sophisticated coffee aficionados who will not settle for a run of the mill cup of joe. Many Silicon Valley caffeine fiends are willing to wait a little longer or pay a little more for a truly spectacular coffee experience. The craft coffee movement has been growing in popularity and caters to the more developed coffee palate. Here are 5 options for some of the South Bay’s best craft coffee.

Voltaire Coffee House
360 S. Market St., Suite 80
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 457-9929

Located across from the San Jose Convention center and just blocks from San Jose State University, Voltaire Coffee House serves a selection of specialty coffees and teas. An excellent spot for local coffee connoisseurs, Voltaire is sure to please with everything from individualized pour-overs to single-origin iced coffees. Bean roasting is done in-house and many menu offerings are organic. Staff is knowledgeable and well-trained to ensure a perfect cup every time.

Bel Bacio
350 W. Julian St. #4
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 645-7776

Bel Bacio is a generations-old family run coffee business deeply rooted in downtown San Jose’s Little Italy neighborhood. This sweet little mom-and-pop café serves all imported coffee and select Italian treats. Coffees are all premium Italian roast, with staff adhering to strict standards in order to ensure consistency and quality. Worth a taste are the Nutella latte and ultra-indulgent Cremena, an ice cold espresso-laden gelato drink.

Roy’s Station Coffee & Teas
197 Jackson St.
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 286-2236

Right in the heart of San Jose’s Japantown, Roy’s Station Coffee and Teas is located in a long ago converted gas station. Roy’s uses beans sourced from Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasting, and each cup is carefully crafted by skilled baristas. The menu also offers a generous selection of specialty chai lattes, smoothies and eats ranging from moon pies to quiche. With free Wi-Fi, patio seating, and a fifty cent discount for bringing your own mug, Roy’s ensures first-time visitors become regulars.

Crema Coffee Roasting Company
950 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 295-5690

Conveniently located on The Alameda just down the street from SAP Center, the Crema Coffee Roasting Company just celebrated its 9th anniversary. The cafe specializes in hand crafted espresso drinks, and the menu includes a variety of both hot and iced coffees as well as fruit smoothies, teas and fresh juices. There is plenty of seating on the dog-friendly outdoor patio, as well as a cozy fireplace inside. Not to be missed are the Red Velvet Mocha and tantalizing gelato bar.

Chromatic Coffee
19 N. 2nd St. #102
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 753-2984

Nestled inconspicuously in a strip mall at Stevens Creek and Lawrence, Chromatic Coffee has a large crowd of devoted regulars. The menu features coffee from Califia Farms and Strauss Organic Farm. Espresso drink options include the standard Americano and lattes, as well as Gibraltar, flat white and hand pours. The café also has a tempting number of food options ranging from a quick flaky croissant to a heartier serving of piping hot lasagna. Seating can be limited during busier hours and there is free Wi-Fi.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.