Boston, MA has an incredible coffee culture with plenty of unique blends to try, and atmospheric coffee shops to spend an afternoon in. Whether travelers are looking to stay in Boston as ex-pats for the foreseeable future or are simply checking out the city for a long weekend, it’s worth exploring the selection of cafés in the downtown core and sampling some of the finest brews in New England.
Sample these 10 coffee shops’ signature blends and find out who really serves the best coffee in Boston.
10 Ogawa Coffee
Ogawa Coffee is located in downtown Boston and is unique because it serves coffee that is roasted in Kyoto, Japan. Customers must try the House Blend Kyoto coffee, made from beans grown in Brazil and roasted in Japan. For those drinking decaffeinated coffee, a must-try is the Kiyomizu Blend, which is made from beans grown in Colombia and Guatemala.
Besides these traditional coffee blends, Ogawa Coffee also serves Vietnamese coffee, iced coffee, and cold brew. The coffee bar is open on weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and on weekends from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
9 The Well Coffee House
The Well Coffee House has multiple locations in Boston, making it easy for locals and visitors to the city to grab a cup on the go. The Well Coffee House serves coffee by award-winning roaster Crimson Cup.
Their Boston locations are closed on Sundays, but open at 7:00 am on weekdays and 9:00 am or 10:00 am (depending on the location) on Saturdays.
8 CuppaCoffee Boston
CuppaCoffee Espresso Bar has two locations in Boston, the Westend and South End. The Westend location is open Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm while the South End location is open Monday to Sunday from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm.
They claim to have Boston’s finest coffee and boast an extensive selection of drinks on their Espresso Bar menu. They only serve coffee from Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists and offer food items to pair with a morning coffee, including Aussie pies.
7 Gracenote Coffee Boston
Gracenote Coffee also has two locations in Boston. Their coffee shop is in the Leather District and their coffee and wine bar can be found in the High Street Place Food Hall. The Leather District location is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and on weekends from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The food hall location is open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday to Wednesday, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm Thursday to Friday, and 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturdays.
They serve and sell their own Gracenote brand of coffee beans, making them the perfect souvenir to bring home from a trip to Boston.
6 Thinking Cup
Thinking Cup Coffee Shop is in downtown Boston and is the first in the area to serve Stumptown Coffee and Third Wave Coffee only. Stumptown coffee has an impressive reputation, originating from Portland Oregon. Stumptown has a roasting facility in New York, which is where Thinking Cup receives its high-quality beans from.
Thinking Cup has won several awards for its coffee, including a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Their coffee is extremely affordable, starting at just $1.50 a cup.
5 George Howell Coffee
George Howell Coffee is a coffee shop in Boston that is very intentional about the products available to its customers. They pay the farms they build relationships with top dollar for green coffees that are then stored in a way that slows or stops the beans from aging. The coffee is roasted daily in small batches for a delicious and strong cup that is sure to add pep to your step.
George Howell Coffee has locations in Newtonville, Downtown Crossing, and Boston Public Market.
4 Kneeland Café
Kneeland Café is a small shop in Boston that serves coffee made from select Ethiopian blends. The café is located inside Tufts Medical Center near the Leather District and Chinatown. Despite having a minimal online presence, the coffee shop receives impressive reviews from customers on Google.
In addition to their high-quality coffee, Kneeland Café also serves all-day breakfast, and smoothies, and has vegan options.
3 Kohi Coffee Company
Kohi Coffee Company has a downtown Boston location that is open weekdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. They make it easy for customers to pick up a coffee order and pastries on the way to work in the morning with their “Kohi-In-A-box” system, which allows you to call ahead to have your takeaway box of 8-10 cups of batch brew coffee prepared.
Their menu features an array of espresso options and cold brews and teas. They serve a few healthy breakfast items like “toast-to-go”, avocado toast, and oatmeal. These nutritious add-ons to a morning coffee order are a great way to start the day.
2 Jonquils Café and Bakery
Jonquils Café and Bakery is a popular coffee shop in Boston, known for its selection of specialty coffees and teas. They use the Spirit espresso boiler machine from Kees van der Westen to brew espressos that are sure to kick-start your morning. Their coffees are aromatic whether customers opt for the espresso machine or the pour-over. Their pour-over coffee is made using Poursteady technology.
Tea lovers can choose from a vast array of loose leaf teas to find their favorite flavor.
1 Farmers Horse Coffee
Farmers House Coffee is the perfect place in Boston to sit down with a laptop and work remotely while enjoying a freshly brewed cup of their Ethiopian blend. The shop specifically serves Ethiopian coffee blends and a variety of pastries amid an inspiring atmosphere of interior brickwork and cozy lighting.
Farmers Horse Coffee is open daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, allowing Boston professionals or digital nomads staying in the city to work from the shop during EST business hours.
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