Our Story


Cocoa Cinnamon is a place for people to enjoy carefully crafted drinks and locally made desserts in a comfortable and engaging Durham setting. Cocoa Cinnamon is open to all people and strives, through commerce and service, to support a sustainable, democratic and artistic way of being. 

We recruit, sustain and inspire a devoted group of barista professionals. We aim to be as diverse as our city, knowing that we are indicators of the range of people we hope to invite. Each of our locations and roastery are a unique piece of a puzzle that together make the whole.

Cocoa Cinnamon is about touching, yearning and continually striving to bring wonder to the everyday via carefully chosen and roasted coffees, connecting craft, service and atmosphere via our rotating wonder menus and the layers of art embedded in the designs of our shops. Here's a link to a slide show giving a bit of a feeling of each shop, the roastery and the La Marzocco residency.

Cocoa Cinnamon is driven by the experience that is amazed by the marvel of cities and the roots of languages, whose blood rushes in the awe of landscapes, the wonder of travel and the history, colors, textures, and stories of coffee, chocolate, and tea. We make drinks after these histories and after the characters that inspire us, those who remind us of the beauty and possibility of humanity. 

Little Waves Coffee Roasters is the roasting and wholesale arm accompanying Cocoa Cinnamon, in Durham, NC. Little Waves is a WOC co-owned and operated business. We relationship source and micro-roast select coffees from around the world. We roast on a Loring S15 Falcon at our location in the Lakewood neighborhood in Durham, NC.

Little Waves Coffee Rosaters ships nationwide. The three Cocoa Cinnamon shops, each with a unique design and offerings, aim to exude equal parts excellence in craft, warm and welcoming service and the feeling of wonder and discovery. The goal is to turn the daily habit of drinking coffee into an occasion to create a simple, beautiful experience of flavor, warmth, and connection.
Check out our  Roaster Residency at La Marzocco Café, Seattle, Washington, September 19th - October 21st, 2019.
Shops design and photography David Solow art + design
Cocoa Cinnamon logo by Gabe Goetz
Little Waves Coffee Roasters logos and images by Michelle Durango-Lopez