Shane Curcuru gets coffee at the Kendall Square Au Bon Pain, promptly remembers why he stopped going there, including:
... ABP cups have a far higher failure rate than other local shops - more often than not while driving or walking to work, I get a steady stream of drips down the seam side of the cup, from right under the edge of the lid. Either the seams are too uneven, or the plastic lids are too inflexible. It's disappointing, and today I forgot to wrap a napkin around the edge of the cup, and so got dripped today. ...
Could it happen here? The Canadians are a lot closer than you might think. Take a look at the map below, which shows Tim Hortons outlets in the Providence area. There are even a few just over the border. Unlike Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons seems a more worthy matchup for our Dunk's - they have a similar menu. If they did try to move into DD's ancestral homeland, though, who would get hurt more? Dunkin' Donuts or Honey Dew Donuts?
Nathanael reports it's at the In House Cafe in Allston.
Natural Bean is no more, Liza reports:
... I don't know how, why, and when this all transpired, but I was devastated. The tragedy was first of three that day, and while MJ's death put up a good fight (Farrah's not so much), the termination of Natural Bean affected me more deeply than I ever could have anticipated. So there I stood, crestfallen, forcing my feet to turn in the direction of Starbucks, cursing The Man all the while. As I sat at my desk painstakingly taking mouthfuls of my mouthful-of-a-coffee-to-pronounce caramel macchiato from Starbucks, I wondered why the good things in life never last. RIP Michael. RIP Farah. RIP Natural Bean.
Via MenuPages Boston.
Georgy explains why she's trying to quit her caffeine habit and how it's going:
... So, two weeks in, I don't feel more or less tired, really. I've been trying to eat healthier and get more exercise on top of dropping the coffee, so it's hard to discern the health effects. The biggest challenge in giving up coffee has been feeling like I'm depriving myself of a morning treat. I realized how much I'd been depending on coffee as a sort of reward. "You had to get up early this morning, and it's cloudy out! You deserve a coffee." It didn't take much. But I guess if that's the worst part of giving up coffee, it's not so bad. I shouldn't have to give myself a special reward just for getting out the door in the morning. ...
Tammy loathes the lids Starbucks now slaps on its cold coffee drinks, because they wind up crushing the straws you put through them:
... I hate it. Especially since I get a Caramel Macchiato… and one of my favorite things about this drink, is that the caramel settles at the bottom of the cup and then gets sucked up through the straw. However, when the straw collapes like this, the caramel gets stuck on the other side of the crease! ...
With shocking photos of a straw being crushed.
... Then a man, sitting at a table by himself, offers me the chair across from him. I explain that there are two more coming. At which point, Nik repeats his view of me as the cause of the standing-room-only. And explains that I've blogged about Taste. At which point the man pipes up: "Here's a quote for your blog: 'Taste is the best thing to happen to Newtonville in five years.'" ...
Jess Mullen bemoans the area's lack of such a place:
... Isn't Boston one of the top five coffee centers in the United States? Not that there isn't good coffee here. I would even go so far as to say we have good cafes, but few that are set up such that you'd want to stay, and I'm thinking none that want you to stay for very long. ... Do I have YET ANOTHER reason to move to Paris?
Paul Keleher, who took the above photo, reports that Donut Express on Rte. 109 in Medfield was open today:
... Their coffee is always great but it was particularly good this morning, Christmas Day, and it was great of her to open her shop today. ...
Jaime van Schyndel reports on a Harvard Square coffeehouse that couldn't figure out why its espresso had suddenly gone bad:
... The problem was not immediately obvious but after a series of tests and diagnosis issues, we finally found out what had happened. The water softener leaked into the espresso machine and brackish water was making for some nasty shots. ...
Because Ryan has a great name for a coffee shop to go next to it.
Alicia never knows what she'll get when she orders her medium iced hazelnut with skim at her local Dunk's. Today, she reports:
When I took a sip this morning, it was like drinking battery acid. I swallowed a little bit, but managed to spit the rest back in the cup. There was a pool of something (hopefully meant for human consumption) on the bottom of my cup that created a sensation of 200 miniature knives poking me in the throat. I've since downed 2 glasses of water, and am hoping that my tonsils aren't melting and dripping slowly into my stomach. ...
The Missus reports the guy behind her today at Starbucks ordered his "usual" - six shots of espresso with "a little bit of ice."
Michaela reports the Ruggles Dunkin' Donuts has some guy who made such a good French vanilla iced coffee with sugar and milk that:
By the time I got to Back Bay station. I wish I asked him his name and hours for September so I can specifically go out of my way to get that iced coffee again and again when I'm back in Boston for good.
Pax Arcana hears the cannon fire just outside 128: Snarky bloggers vs. snobby baristas:
... The fuse is ignited. The prophecy is coming to pass.
The great hipster civil war has begun. ...
Petition to try to convince Starbucks to close the Starbucks on Centre Street in Newton Center instead of the one in the Union Street train station:
Mr. Shultz, please be advised that I will NEVER spend a dollar at the Center Street location, nor any other Starbucks for that matter. There is a Peets Coffee and Tea location in Newton Center as well, and they will be getting my daily business going forward if you proceed with this closing. ...
Via The Missus, who writes people go to Starbucks for the ambiance, not the awful coffee and stale pastry.
The official list shows stores to close in Burlington, Dartmouth, North Attleboro, Sharon, Stoughton and Worcester, in addition to the one at 70 Union St.
Theresa has enough of "corporate coffee" and so tries out locally owned shops in Newtonville.
Chuck Tanowitz, who admits he's a coffee snob, marvels at a new Newtonville coffee bar that not only has an espresso machine that is the only one of its kind in the Boston area (brought in from Seattle), it uses only coffee from the George Howell Coffee Co., a name that will be familiar to old-time coffee aficionados who remember the days before Starbucks, when the Coffee Connection made life worthwhile.