Jamaica Plain News reports on the "Good Community Business Agreement" Caffe Nero won't sign. Among its provisions: That the cafe financially help out local non-profit efforts, including Wake Up the Earth, keep the sidewalk in front neat and tidy and shovel it during snowstorms, not install security grates and print menus in both English and Spanish.... Read more
An aggrieved citizen complains about all the fuzzballs clicking their nails across the hardwood floors of the Starbucks on West Broadway.
The city replies ISD is scheduling a visit to the establishment.
Caffe Nero could get a food-serving license for an outlet on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain on Thursday, although the mayor's office is seeking a delay in any licensing until after chain officials meet with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's public-service committee next week.
Some neighborhood groups have given their backing to the proposed cafe next to Blanchard's, but the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional... Read more
Bostonians heading into LAX will soon be able to satisfy their Dunk's cravings as the chain begins its westward expansion with outlets in Santa Monica, Whittier, Long Beach and Downey. Also, Modesto.
You Are Here is a project at the MIT Media Lab in which participants are releasing a map a day of interesting things in the places they come from.
A few days ago, they posted a map of non-chain coffee shops in Cambridge. Even if you could care less about coffee, it's still fun to watch the map appear on screen.
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BostInno reports a Starbucks is coming to Allston. Granted, the LEED-certified, fancy-new-apartments side of Allston, rather than the gritter end where somebody re-opened a closed cafe to keep Starbucks out, but still.
People seeking a Starbucks-free existence will still be able to travel to Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park and Mattapan.... Read more
Wicked Local Brookline reports selectmen put off a vote on letting a Peet's replace the Starbucks on Rte. 9 in Chestnut Hill after neighbors complained Starbucks customers were slobby bad drivers and selectmen decided they wanted the landlord to explain how he will keep the Peet's from replicating the mistakes of the Starbucks.
A concerned citizen reports:
Someone left their coffee break behind.
The owner of Jimmies on Corinth writes she'd love to move into the old Select Cafe - or someplace else in Roslindale that's larger than her current location.
Oh, and don't worry we will get great bagels.
Boston Police report a Dorchester man punched a Starbucks worker in the face Monday for serving him something that did not meet his definition of tea.
Police say officers responded to the Starbucks at 11 West Broadway around 9 a.m. on Monday to find a barista applying ice to his face:
The victim, stated he was working behind the counter when he was approached... Read more
Select Cafe, which started out as an Emack & Bolio's ice-cream shop, then became a coffeehouse complete with open-mic nights, before gradually turning into a daytime gathering spot for the neighborhood's Albanian men, shut this week.
The old Emack ice-cream signs are down from the walls of the cafe across from the commuter-rail station; much of the rest of the shop now sits in piles... Read more
A cafe where you can pet and gaze at cats while you sip your latte, not a place for cats to enjoy mouse smoothies, that is.
I'm a young entrepreneur looking to start a cat cafe in the U.S. I'm very serious about this and determined to have be created by the end of 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. I've had this idea for a... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board next Wednesday considers granting a food-serving license to the 7 Pond Coffee Bar proposed for, well, 7 Pond St.
The high-end coffee place is proposed by Maks Milstein, who owns Brookline's Cafe Fixe. Milstein used to be a lawyer, but got hooked on coffee brewing as a hobby and eventually decided to abandon the law for the bean.
Board... Read more
There's been an outbreak of young folks sipping their iced coffee from Mason and pickle jars as they ride the Green and Red lines.
Matt Aromando tweets from the Green Line:
This is the most Allston thing I've seen in a while.
Hipster with pickle jar full of iced coffee spotted on MBTA at Kenmore. Not just an allston phenomena.... Read more
The Globe maps every last outlet of each chain and tries to figure out what it means (Dunk's dominates in Massachusetts - surprised?) - all on a page with some interesting scrolling.
Limeduck continues his one-man campaign to ensure no coffeehouse Scrabble set goes without letters for long.