While it’s not Seattle, Boston has more than a few awesome cafes, from the small and cozy to the big, bright and hip.
Not all Boston cafes roast their coffee locally, but here we’ve highlighted a few that do.
These types of cafes are more than just a place for locals to get their caffeine fix on the way to work, or students can study in peace – they tend to focus on finding original coffee beans. sustainable and ethical.
They roast these beans according to industry best practices, then deliver them to customers or in a coffee drink sometimes the very next day.
The following cafes serve up some of the city’s most thoughtful cups of coffee.
What started as a humble Boston bagel store in the 90s is now a chain of humble bagel stores – with some of the best bagels and coffee around. Pavement roasts their coffee in their Brighton roast, in a huge machine exposed through a window. The coffee they roast is imported from “family farms and regional co-ops around the world,” their website says, and is distributed to their eight Boston-area coffee shops and also sold by the pound.
Large format coffee
Located right next to Harvard Yard, Large format is Cambridge’s only roaster. The small business, founded by Aaron MacDougall, is focused on roasting their responsibly sourced coffee in small batches to the highest standards. They sell single origin bags and a signature blend on their website or in their brick and mortar on Kirkland Street, where you can also grab a craft coffee drink for the full experience.
Flat black coffee company
Founded in 2003, Flat black coffee takes its name from the Australian term for an americano (espresso and hot water). They roast their single-origin coffee in their Dorchester’s Lower Mills roast. Customers can purchase craft drinks at their Franklin Street Financial District cafe, or whole bags of coffee at a few local grocers like American Provisions and Foodies. The company prioritizes sustainability and ethics in sourcing its coffee, but its quality is not to be despised: Flat Black won second place in America’s Best Espresso competition in 2014.
This rooftop sells coffee drinks and freshly roasted coffee beans from its popular cafe in the Leather District next to Chinatown, while their Cambridge Cafe and Wine Bar in Kendall recently closed for good. The chic Leather District Cafe serves a small menu of espresso drinks, filter coffee, and rotating seasonal drinks. Gracenote Also sells beans wholesale at local places like Nine Bar Espresso and Harvard General Store.
Barism opened with a small roast in East Arlington in 2008, founded by a group of baristas. Their flagship coffee bar opened on Broadway in the middle of Cambridge in 2012 and has a full bakery. Now they roast all of their coffee in Woburn, while the East Arlington location remains a cafe. They offer several coffee subscription services on their website, like gift subscriptions and office packages.
The man behind The Coffee Connection, the regional chain sold to Starbucks in 1994, founded his homonymous coffee roasting in 2004. Acton Roast produces small batches of coffee daily, sold at their three Newtonville cafes, the Boston Public Market and the Godfrey Hotel. You can also find their coffee in countless cafes and stores across the state and even the country – their website has a complete list. The site also has tons of educational coffee resources – find out how they source their quality coffee, how it’s brewed and stored, and how to brew the best cup of coffee using your preferred method.
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