The Complex Bean
2307 A, N College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405, United States

Review №1

This place has amazing coffee! as a true coffee addict I approve this place! Their lattes are delicious!The place it's always clean. I usually see art from local artist hung on the walls. This place it's a bit far from my house but it's worth the drive. I've had a couple of their baked goods and they are pretty good. Every time I go, I get greeted by someone different but they all are extremely friendly. The place also has Kombucha if you are a fan. I have yet to try it though. There is plenty of tables and chairs if you want to work and there is a couch and games of you just want to chill.

Review №2

The best coffee, staff, and management around! This local shop is charming, and I love their coffee! The lattes, shakes, smoothies, and frappes are to die for. Oh, don't forget the home made baked goods and treats, too!

Review №3

The service was great and the machiatos were perfect. A terrific experience!! Will return often and I recommend it highly.

Review №4

This is my favorite coffee in Wilmington. IdLaI'd suggest theiretheir Red-Eye. Though perfect black they also offer several dairy alternatives and a lot of great flavorings if your into that. Additionally, they have a great selection of herbal and flavored tea. You'll also find a variety of fresh local baked goods. Highly recommended.

Review №5

Excellent espresso, drip coffee, Americanos, and lattes. Also, comfortable furniture in a relaxed atmosphere if you want to enjoy your beverage there. They truly live up to their name by brewing in a way that allows you to taste the complex subtleties of the coffee whether it's smoke, caramel, fruit, floral, etc. Finally, though I have not tried any, they do have a wide array of baked goods such as scones, tarts, and muffins that look delectable. Prices are fair (see menu photo) and baristas are very kind and helpful. Highly recommended.

Review №6

Good service, good latte but could gave been a little stronger (even with an extra shot)

Review №7

Better than starbucks! Absolutely love this place. My new go to coffee place

Review №8

I no longer but coffee from the grocery store. I buy my coffee from here , fresh ground made ready to order and its literally cheaper than what I was buying- did I mention better?! The selection as well is awesome. Staff is great, Kaitlyn makes a meaaannnn iced vanilla chai if thats your thing! Great people, great prices & most important ... GREAT COFFEE!

Review №9

Muffins was great, the hot coffee was very bitter though.

Review №10

This was my second visit. The first was for a Democratic Precinct meeting. A business associate from out of town wanted to meet. He and his lady loved the shop and the blueberry scone-my fav. It is airy, clean, and comfortable. Staff is warm and welcoming. It's going to be a regular stop.

Review №11

Great coffee and super friendly staff!!

Review №12

I've been meaning to leave this review for quite some time now. I've been a huge fan of Port City Java's Mocha Shake for years. My wife, kids and I live on N. Kerr right behind this shop (The Complex Bean). I decided to stop one day and see if they have anything comparable. Well, let me share that the shake they offer is wonderful and yes I may just say it's better than their competitors! The girl serving us was very personable and a pleasure to have serve us. Being a business owner myself, I couldn't ask for anything more in a local business. If you've not given this place a try yet then I recommend you do so, Good job guys!

Review №13

Great family run business with Awesome coffee and baked goods!

Review №14

My favorite coffee spot in Wilmington. Every time I get coffee anywhere else I regret it.

Review №15

I've been going to The Complex Bean for a little over a year and have never had a bad experience. I've tried their hot coffee, iced coffee, and iced lattes and they were all amazing. Their baked goods are incredible as well as their breakfast sandwiches. The baristas are always friendly and helpful, and I've never had a long wait for my order. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the shop is always neat and clean. I think the prices are reasonable for the quality of coffee or food that you get. I'd recommend this shop over a larger chain any day.

Review №16

We need to support our local shops. The matcha latte way unmatchable

Review №17

Great way to start the morning with a cup of good joe. Employees are always super nice. Clean bathrooms and nice place to enjoy your coffee. Stay a while!

Review №18

Friendly service and better coffee than Duncan's

Review №19

By its location you wouldn't think much of it as just a "mom and pop" place, however this place puts some of the larger more established coffee shops to shame, especially with costumer service, the menu contains gluten free products and they make your order to your specifications. The Complex Bean is a hidden gem.

Review №20

They have the best biscuits!

Review №21

The staff and service was great. Such a nice local spot to get some coffee and relax!

Review №22

The owner is super nice and welcoming! It smells like delicious coffee, and they offer many food options like burritos, bagels, quiche, smoothies, and tea! The decor alone is worth the trip. I will be back!

Review №23

This is the third time I've gotten a black coffee from here. The last two times, the cup has leaked coffee out of the seam at the bottom of the paper cup within 5 minutes of receiving it.When I took it back last time, they said it was a known issue. Now, three months later, same issue.Buy different cups!

Review №24

Best milk shake you ever had Guaranteed Top of the line hole in tha wall type coffee shop if you blink you missed it going down the road and dont leave out the homemade from scratch deserts!!

Review №25

Great service, atmosphere and drinks... a hidden gem!

Review №26

Kind and friendly staff with a great, welcoming atmosphere. I grabbed a coffee and the quiche to go and wish I had got more. if I didn't live over an hour away, I would start everyday here! 5 out of 5 for sure!

Review №27

Drinks here were good and pastries were tasty

Review №28

I love this place! Great coffee, great service, great atmosphere, a great place to bring clients, and a great place for our family coffee dates!

Review №29

My entire family has a loyal relationship with this coffee shop. It's homey, it's delicious, and the service is so enjoyable. Great place to relax or just get some good quality coffee.

Review №30

Had a wonderful experience at the complex bean. Not your every day, boring coffee spot to hang out, highly recommend.

Review №31

Perhaps the best coffee shop in North Wilmington, this place makes incredible drinks, desserts, and other delicacies to delight any palate. The owners and staff are so friendly and caring, and are exceptional baristas in their own right! You simply must give them a try.

Review №32

Service was good, my smoothie was very good and the atmosphere was relaxing inside.

Review №33

I personally like their frappes, but their hot coffees are not the best and it takes a while because they usually only have one person working. Other than that it is a great place to go and they are all nice!

Review №34

Great variety of coffee. Very attentive and kind way staff. Very homey decor.

Review №35

Cute decor, yummy coffee and the maple bacon scones are good.

Review №36

I absolutely love this cozy coffee shop! The owners are friendly, the coffee is delightful and the goodies are all homemade! Come try it out, you won't be disappointed! ️*Hope the third location will be near UNCW!

Review №37

Great coffee, amazing decor, nice baristas!

Review №38

Favorite coffee shop. They make the best Matcha Soy Lattes!

Review №39

My daughter and I stopped by The Complex Bean this morning on the way to work. What a great little coffee shop. They have done a great job making is comfortable and inviting. I had the hot chocolate because I don't drink coffee and the hot chocolate was great. My daughter had the coffee and she really liked it. We also had a cinnamon roll and that was good as well. The staff was very friendly and we will certainly be back.

Review №40

They went out of their way to accommodate my request. I asked if they made BP coffee. They weren't quite sure how to. I asked if they had butter coconut oil and I add cinnamon. They had the ingredients to at least assemble one. Maybe once they get the requests they will have Kerrygold butter for it. As the fats are much healthier, and a richer and creamier taste. Who knows maybe one day they will have Brain Octane oil for us in the know.

Review №41

The smell, when I walk into this place, ugh! Heaven! Super friendly chill place, tasty beans, I hope they make it.

Review №42

The best Vanilla milkshake I've ever had

Review №43

Been going there since we moved to Wilmington a few months ago. It's the best place! Reminds me of a little coffeehouse in the middle of a city: you walk in and you're in a different world. The coffee is top notch (they filter all their water), and the milkshakes are to die for! Also, the peanut butter cookies, baked onsite, are out of this world.

Review №44

The coffee is incredible for this place! They let my 17yr old hang her paintings to sell for a small fee. The baked goods are always great. Employees are super friendly which is a bonus!

Review №45

Awesome owners with great, new business that deserves Community Support! Great prices and very, very friendly atmosphere! I have NO financial stake in the business - am just very impressed with them.

Review №46

A great place to get premium coffee. The owners and staff are always friendly and the coffee is outstanding. The interior decor is clever; rustic and modern. Its a great place to just sit, relax and enjoy the coffee as well as the exceptional pastries and desserts they offer from different areas of the state. Its a refreshing change from the chains and inconsistent local shops. Im glad I moved closer.

Review №47

Supreme coffee. Period. Every time I try one of my staple coffee drinks (recently a chai tea latte and a white chocolate mocha) I am insanely impressed with the rich, bold flavor in each sip and how obviously different (for the better) that it tasted from everyone else. It instantly has converted me from buying from typical commercial coffee restaurants. And don't get me started on those delicious cheese danish!

Review №48

11/10 best coffee place ever. Great coffee, great service. Will go as long as I live

Review №49

The atmosphere was good. The staff was friendly. The coffee was strong and not good. That was the only complaint, which is the main reason for going.

Review №50

Coffee is so good!! Havent tried the food but it looks yummy. Deffintly will come for some coffee on my days off.

Review №51

Lovely coffees and teas. Coffee smells wonderful, even before you walk in the door.

Review №52

Very good coffee and a cute lol shop

Review №53

Got my order wrong twice before I gave up and left. Very expensive prices for the horrible service.

Review №54

Such a welcoming place! The Baristas interacted with my little one and were so kind. Plenty of delicious baked goods to choose from and coffee options. We will definitely be back!

Review №55

Great coffee shop to sit and relax. Excellent customer and of course the coffee is amazing.Ohh and ask for a mocha shake its amazing

Review №56

The best chai I've had in Wilmington! Plus the staff is awesome

Review №57

High quality coffee but super expensive and they charge for everything. Go to lucky coffee house right around the corner!! Same quality but way cheaper.

Review №58

Great place for good coffee and meeting a friend

Review №59

Easily one of the best coffee shops in Wilmington with actually good coffee. The baristas are great too.

Review №60

Great independent coffee shop with NC roasted beans and friendly staff. I love their iced mocha and matcha lattes.

Review №61

Great coffee, teas, chai, and smoothies. Excellent baked goods to enjoy, comfortable seating inside or out.

Review №62

Awesome Coffee Beans!

Review №63

One of my favorite coffee shops ever! Delicious high quality coffee and tea drinks, tasty bakery items, the BEST bagels, and super friendly staff.

Review №64

Good coffee in a nice atmosphere.

Review №65

Great local place! The atmosphere is nice and the prices are reasonable. I would definitely recommend it.

Review №66

Great independent coffee shop, owner was very friendly, and the coffee was great!

Review №67

Delicious brews and warm & friendly service.

Review №68

Great coffee, wonderful atmosphere, superb service, tasty baked goods! A Hidden Gem!

Review №69

We love this coffee shoppe. The ambiance is excellent, and so is the staff.

Review №70

Nice local coffee shop. Awesome alternative to the big chains. I'd you like coffee this place is perfect.

Review №71

Great Coffee, muffins, kombucha, milkshakes and smoothies. Love the decor and ambiance

Review №72

Very nice place that has awesome coffee! I love the fact that they offer fruit smoothies and veggie wraps too!

Review №73

This small coffee shop in an unsuspecting little strip mall in Murrayville is probably the best in Wilmington.The variety and quality of coffee here is ridiculously good. If memory serves, it all comes from a roaster in Raleigh.For those who can think of anything but coffee in the morning, they have a surprisingly large variety of fresh baked goods, and heartier fares like quiche and breakfast burritos.They also serve smoothies, milkshakes, tea and kombucha (sp?) if that's your thing.The staff is extremely friendly and take pride in their service.If you want to be disappointed, go to the Dunkin Donuts across the street -- you'll only find a great cup of coffee here.

Review №74

Good coffee, good company, and good food. I'm a coffee snob and I have no complaints. Except that I live an hour away ;)

Review №75

Coffee is realllllyy good.

Review №76

All things coffee, plus some baked snacks. Everything is excellent and the service is outstanding.

Review №77

Love this place, love the coffee, Love the staff, I've only gotten the Frappe the quiche and baked goods, definitely my new favorite coffee shop and right on the way to work. I just WISH they would open at 6 especially on Fri and Sat. hint hint

Review №78

Nice selection of coffees, speciality drinks at decent prices..

Review №79

Have not had a bad latte yet. Been there 10 times. Staff is kind.

Review №80

Good real coffee served with a smile.

Review №81

This coffee shop always provides great coffee and customer service.

Review №82

Very good selection and great people and service.

Review №83

Great milky way!

Review №84

Yo it's lit. But seriously The Complex Bean has a great decor, good coffee, and most importantly the owners are friendly, interactive and personable. Ive been checking out various coffeeshops in town and I can say The Complex Bean is doin it right, I do reccomend.

Review №85

Great coffee, convenient location, friendly staff

Review №86

Really good coffee and Expresso

Review №87

They have Kambucha on Tap!!! The employees that are always super nice and fantastic!

Review №88

One of those local places we all look for, but rarely find. Great service and excellent coffee.

Review №89

Primo coffee for coffee lovers

Review №90

Great tea and nice place to hang out

Review №91

Very good coffee and service

Review №92

Great coffee and the breakfast burrito is delicious.

Review №93

Best Frappe ever!!!!

Review №94


Review №95

Some of the best coffee around.

Review №96

Always nice!

Review №97

Best coffee around

Review №98

Wonderful Place

Review №99

Best coffee in town!!!

Review №100


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  • Address:2307 A, N College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 910-769-7665
  • Bakery
  • Coffee shop
Working hours
  • Monday:7AM–6PM
  • Tuesday:7AM–6PM
  • Wednesday:8AM–5PM
  • Thursday:8AM–5PM
  • Friday:7AM–6PM
  • Saturday:7AM–6PM
  • Sunday:7AM–6PM
Service options
  • Delivery:Yes
  • Outdoor seating:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Dine-in:No
  • Fast service:Yes
  • Great coffee:Yes
  • Great tea selection:Yes
  • Veteran-Led:Yes
  • Women-Led:Yes
Popular for
  • Breakfast:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Good for working on laptop:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Prepared foods:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
Dining options
  • Breakfast:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Seating:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • Wi-Fi:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
  • Credit cards:Yes
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