It was really really easy to find good coffee in Boston. Perhaps it was the part of town that I worked in (Seaport) but the difficult decision every day was “where do I want my coffee from today?” First world problem. But, I will say that this is a rare problem and on most projects there is only one or two places that really shine.
Caffè Nero – 368 Congress Steet
This was my favourite stop for the first coffee of the day; for some reason their coffee really packed a punch.
The atmosphere is super mellow with a fireplace, comfy chairs, booths for working, and free wifi (from the Marriott). On weeks when I was in a crappy hotel I would leave the hotel super early in the morning and sit in Caffè Nero and write until it was time to go to work.
Barrington Coffee – 346 Congress Street
Barrington is next to Caffè Nero and it’s my choice for the second coffee of the day. Their roasts are lighter and caramelly. This is a high class grab and go coffee shop. There’s not a lot in the way of sitting or working space and there’s no wifi.
And, if you’re wanting to grab a non-gf bite to eat, try the gruyere bacon scone. But, you need to get there early because they go fast.
Clover Food Lab – 27 School Street
This is the only coffee shop I’ve ever been in where my arrival was announced… by a herald… and it didn’t feel weird. Perhaps it was because I asked if I could take a photo.
This is a pour over coffee shop and a food lab; so, no lattes or cappuccinos… just pour over with tons of working space. This seemed like an ultra hip student hangout where you can find good vegan food and free wifi.
This place is super warm, welcoming and cozy. It was also the first coffee shop I went to that didn’t have a “demographic”; meaning it wasn’t a student hangout or a business hangout or a mommy group hangout. There was a whole variety of people from all walks of life enjoying a bite and a good coffee.
Of all the coffee shops, this was my favourite. The food was gf and good (not bland), the coffee expertly prepared, and the atmosphere warm and bookish with a “game” playing in the back. If I lived in Boston, this would be my choice writing destination.