With the birthplace of Dunkin’ Donuts resting right on the edge of Boston, it’s no surprise this city—populated largely by young professionals and stressed-out college students—is now home to countless cafes and micro-roasters. In fact, Boston can’t get enough of its independent coffee shop kicks. Every city corner comes is affixed with an intimate place to sit down with a cappuccino, cafe mocha, or shot of espresso, and locals are decidedly devoted to their favorite local roast or award-winning latte-art barista. Boston’s most beloved coffee shops are those that have successfully cultivated a devout following and signature style. Students flock to cozy book nooks and cafes on Newbury, while businessmen sneak out midmorning to gathering grounds known for robust flat blacks and sleek, modern interiors. For some, it’s the aroma of house-made snacks and syrupy pastries that draw them back again and again. For most, it comes down to the beans.
A favorite for hungry locals, this cafe earned its place as a Davis Square staple when the two owners/best friends realized they were crazy enough to start it all. Grab a green tea latte and a game of pool at Somerville’s most cherished (and queer-friendly) gathering spot for delicious coffee and eye-candy.
Voltage Coffee & Art
Get inspired at this Kendall Square out-of-your-coffee-comfort zone. Pick a latte from its line-up of exotic flavors, like the “Kitsch & the Cactus,” mixed with agave and lime and especially refreshing when served on ice. Devotees love the ever-changing lineup of live musicians and exhibitions from local artists. It also offers beer and wine, if that’s more your style.
Barrington Coffee Roasting Company
This devoted neighborhood coffee bar takes its bean roasting very seriously. Situated squarely in Boston’s up-and-coming Fort Point neighborhood, this place is for proud caffeine addicts who aren’t craving your average cup of joe. Go here for a perfectly proportioned, heavy bodied, low acid espresso kick.
Make this Newbury Street coffee cave your first choice when looking for the ultimate café trifecta: a milky latte, a playful atmosphere, and free WiFi. Order a cup of The Pup’s celebrated espresso blend, and hide out from Boston’s tempestuous elements in the subterranean escape. Feel free to check your e-mail at the complimentary desktop computer set up in the quiet back room.
The Thinking Cup
While this local chain has various locations around town, the best of the bunch pours Stumptown coffee just steps away from the Boston Common. Low key and cozy, you’ll want to relax here with a plate of macarons and a foamy latte topped with one of the barista’s award-winning espresso art creations. For lunch, ask for the off-menu special sandwich with melted brie, green apple, arugula, and a punchy apricot jam.