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Bronx cafes and coffee shops for all your caffeine needs

Looking to sip your cup of joe sans the Starbucks morning madness? The Bronx has you covered.

Coffeehouses and cafes are popping up all over the borough. Before ordering your next caffé mocha from one of the city's countless Starbucks locations, give one of these independently owned shops a try.

From Riverdale to Morris Park, here are some of the Bronx coffee shops that we prefer over a certain Seattle-based chain.

Birch Coffee Powered by StartUp Box, Hunts Point

The last time Hunts Point had a coffee
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The last time Hunts Point had a coffee shop (before Birch) was in the 1980s, according to Majora Carter, who teamed up with Birch Coffee to open this Bronx cafe. The partnership brings Carter's vision of a socially responsible business to her own neighborhood. It's a place where people of the community will find "a nice place to sit down and get a decent cup of coffee," Carter said. With premium-quality lattes at Dunkin' Donuts prices, you may just fall in love with the downtown chic motif of this quaint shop. Don't know what to sip on? Choose the cortado. (Birch Coffee Powered by StartUp Box, 866B Hunts Point Ave., Hunts Point, 212-686-1444, birchcoffee.com)

Mon Amour Coffee and Wine, Riverdale

The French countryside meets shabby chic in this
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The French countryside meets shabby chic in this coffeehouse down the block from the 1 train. From Egyptian blue mugs to the linen-white antique mantel, you'll feel très chic while sipping on a whipped cream and caramel-topped mocha. Co-founder Ramesiss Aponte's Parisian-inspired creation is nothing short of a dream come true. Try the soy milk latte and a croissant topped with ham, Gruyère cheese, onions and tomato. (Mon Amour Coffee and Wine, 234 W. 238 St., Riverdale, 718-708-7804, facebook.com/MonAmourCoffeeAndWine)

Filtered Coffee, Port Morris

Steps away from the 6 train, this high-ceiling
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Steps away from the 6 train, this high-ceiling space adds a refreshing flair to Port Morris. Its tufted armchairs, black mugs and brick wall lend themselves to the masculine motif in this spacious spot, which is perfect for groups. Stop in and sip on Filtered Coffee's divine mocha. (Filtered Coffee, 2430 Third Ave., Port Morris, 347-862-2201, facebook.com/FilteredNewYork)

La Casa Del Caffe, Morris Park

Visit an Italian cafe without leaving the city.
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Visit an Italian cafe without leaving the city. With walls lined in Lamborghini memorabilia and family photos, this 18-year-old shop smells and feels as if it's been plucked right out of Salerno, the hometown of its welcoming owners Anna and Domenico Agovino. Stop by in the morning for cappuccino and fresh croissants or anytime for espresso. (La Casa Del Caffe, 1036 Morris Park Ave., Morris Park, 718-931-7816)

BREW Coffee House, Schuylerville

With a vibe reminiscent of
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With a vibe reminiscent of "Friends" hangout Central Perk, this coffeehouse feels exactly as co-owner Liz Trempert intended -- "an extension of your living room." The terra cotta walls and cozy couches offer a welcoming touch to the Schuylerville and Country Club communities. Get there early for a freshly baked cinnamon roll or croissant before they're sold out. "Everything is made here, by hand in [small] batches," said Trempert. Fan favorites? The chai latte and French toast. (BREW Coffee House, 3217 Philip Ave., Schuylerville, 718-684-3302, facebook.com/bronxbrew)

The Café at Wave Hill, Riverdale

From the Herb and Dry Gardens to the
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From the Herb and Dry Gardens to the Aquatic Garden, this 28-acre public park is a one-stop destination for relaxation. Walk along the lawns of the former Perkins-Freeman estate and fall in love with the Hudson River views just as former tenant Mark Twain did. Grab a cappuccino, rest on the Kate French Terrace and be one with nature. (The Café at Wave Hill, 675 W. 249 St., Riverdale, 718-796-8538, wavehill.org)

Moss Café, Riverdale

This coffee shop-turned-restaurant sits in the heart of
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This coffee shop-turned-restaurant sits in the heart of Riverdale. The fresh white walls and reclaimed wood on the bar lend to the modern yet organic aesthetic of this community-oriented eatery. Feel like family while hanging with the all-Bronx staff just as owner Emily Weisberg intended. "People from all walks of life can walk in and make this their place," Weisberg said. Try the macchiato and a slice of homemade vanilla bean yogurt cake. (Moss Café, 3260 Johnson Ave., Riverdale, 347-275-5000, mosscafeny.com)

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