Copa Vida Coffee is now open in Shade Tree’s old spot (in Erwin Terrace). I hope this one sticks around, if just because there obviously needs to be a coffee shop this close to Duke. The space is fairly similar to Shade Tree’s, except without the bar–the colors are slightly different but the atmosphere is still well-lit and open. In the tradition of many Durham coffeeshops, Copa Vida offers Guglhupf pastries and Counter Culture Coffee. They also plan to have live music some evenings, starting at about once a month (the first show was last week). Check it out! They are open 7a to 11p Mon-Sat.
(If you go soon and are put off by how quiet and echo-y it seems, don’t worry–she is still working on getting her music system working.)