By - 4/12/12 - 3:33 pm

The Chelsea Record can't restrain its enthusiasm for the city's first Starbucks - finally, proof that Chelsea is no longer a gritty backwater where people have no appreciation for "a richer, sometimes exotically mixed cup of coffee" but instead a more refined community on the move:

A Starbucks in Chelsea is a good barometer of things that are happening here.

Better yet, it is a good barometer of things to come.

We welcome Starbucks.

What a wonderful addition to the mall.

By - 2/10/12 - 7:34 am

Artist Mary Sheehan Winn posts a photo of an oil painting she recently did on commission: A Dunkin' Donuts cup and some jelly-filled Munchkins:

This painting is a commission done from a similar painting, for a pair of sisters. I don't know who's going to end up with it but they are both DD fans. I admit I was hindered some (mentally) by having already done this same painting, but I set up my still life anyway and did it again. Hope I captured the same feeling that drew them to it.

By - 2/9/12 - 4:48 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved a license for a Starbucks at 1944 Beacon St., across the street from a Dunkin' Donuts.

By - 12/4/11 - 9:43 pm

The Herald alerts us to a new place moving into Porter Exchange in Porter Square.

By - 11/4/11 - 10:26 am

Keurig, the Reading-based maker of single-serving coffee machines, is suing a California company that makes knock-off K-cups.

By - 10/15/11 - 9:06 pm

Cambridge Day reports on a conclave of Cambridge cafe owners gathering to commiserate, share gossip and, yes, complain about single-serving coffee pods.

By - 8/13/11 - 9:39 am

Bruegger's, which sells bagels in the Village of Chestnut Hill mall on VFW Parkway, is converting the store next door into a Timothy's Cafe, fair-trade coffee, baked goods and sandwiches.

Bruegger's bought the chain from its Canadian founders and plans to expand it across the US. The West Roxbury outlet will be either the second or third Timothy's in the US.

There's currently one Starbucks in West Roxbury, but on the other side of the neighborhood, by Roche Bros. on Centre Street.

By - 8/10/11 - 10:36 am

The Feast interviews Jennifer Lee, owner of Myong Dong, on why she decided to replace the Allston Cafe next door to her place with her own coffeehouse after she heard Starbucks was talking to the landlord:

"I thought that would be awful for Allston, and that is nothing that we stand for."

By - 7/20/11 - 12:26 pm

A Truman Parkway habitue pleads with the Mayor's Hotline to get a Coffee Break Cafe where the new Stop & Shop is going in.

The Hotline responds, "your case has been resolved," which is probably a polite way of saying "no."

By - 5/24/11 - 7:38 pm

BosGuy profiles profiles the four coffeehouses within two blocks of his home.

Ed. note: Four?!? Here in Roslindale, we have one coffeehouse for the entire neighborhood, but we like it.

By - 4/26/11 - 6:14 pm

Redd'sCharlie Redd, late of the South End's Coda, reports his Redd's in Rozzie at what used to be Geoffrey's on Washington Street, is now open.

So far, dinner hours only (1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday). Full bar, he reports. The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow considers his request to buy the liquor license from Beth McNichols, who owns the building and who ran Salute before leasing it to Geoffrey's and then, briefly, Adams Park, before teaming up with Redd.

Meanwhile, looks like somebody is getting ready to open an ice-cream place on Truman Parkway at Fairmount Avenue, next to Cappy's Pizza. Although it's called Bean & Cream, and has a coffee-cup in its logo, Hyde Park denizen Mike Ball informs us (see the comments), it'll be run as an ice-cream place, not a coffee house.

Bean and Cream

By - 4/12/11 - 6:55 am

These days, Marc Levy can afford to buy a sandwich or two at Diesel. But he recalls his unemployment days when he'd spent hours there slowly munching on a bag of its day-old bagels - or furtively consuming the granola he'd stored in his backpack:

By - 4/6/11 - 4:32 pm


Java Jo's across from the Forest Hills T stop is being transmogrified into an outlet for the Needham-based Fazenda Coffee Roasters, which promises "small batch-roasted coffee with a sandwich and pastry menu."

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.

Ed. lame note: If they called it Tazenda, they could attract fans of Azimov's Foundation series, although that might not be a large enough market on which to base a business.

By - 11/11/10 - 3:05 pm

Allston Cafe, at the corner of Harvard and Brighton avenues, tweeted today it's closing forever:

It brings us great sadness to announce that Saturday Nov. 13th will be our last day of business. Sat 8-3pm, Sun 2-6pm Open House Goodbye :(

By - 10/21/10 - 10:11 am

Boston baristas converge at the Ledge in Dorchester Lower Mills on Saturday for the second annual Flat Black Barista Throwdown to see who makes the meanest coffee in town.

By - 9/22/10 - 3:47 pm

An Edgartown coffeehouse wants to branch out - to 33 Broad St. - while a local entrepreneur wants to broaden Allston's frozen-yogurt options with a new store at

By - 9/15/10 - 7:41 am

The Crimson reports Starbucks has filed paperwork to build a new outlet in the old Alpha-Omega jewelery store in Harvard Square, roughly 500 feet from two existing Starbucks.

Eerily prescient Onion story from 1998.

By - 7/30/10 - 10:33 am

The Boston Licensing Board this week granted a license to a pair of entrepreneurs who think Tremont Street is ripe for a high-end coffeehouse.

The Thinking Cup, 165 Tremont St., hopes to open by the end of the month, serving "high-end coffee" along with froyo, croissants and light sandwiches. The outlet says it will be the first in the Boston area to serve Stumptown Coffee, which it modestly claims is the best coffee in the world.

By - 6/10/10 - 3:25 pm

For some reason, the Globe today posted a map showing every single Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks in this great state of ours. Not surprisingly, greater Boston is just one giant blotch of red (the color they used to show Dunk's outlets). But that got me to thinking (often not a good thing). Where, exactly, is the galactic center of this vast coffee way?

Theoretically, should be easy enough to calculate: Just grab all the coordinates of all those pushpins, average them out, and voila.

By - 5/3/10 - 9:36 am

Desperate times call for desperate measures
Desperate times call for desperate measures: As Julie Gendrano demonstrates.

From the folks manning the Twitter and Universal Hub Aquapocalypse desks:

Back Bay: Dunkin' Donuts in the Prudential Center; Finagle-a-Bagel, 536 Boylston St.

Beacon Hill: Capitol Coffee House, Bowdoin Street, next to the State House.

Cambridge: Pretty much every single place that normally serves coffee, because they're special.

Chinatown: Au Bon Pain at New England Medical Center.

Dorchester: Sugar Bowl Cafe on Dot. Ave. near JFK/UMass (cash only); Flat Black Coffee has iced coffee available at Dorchester Lower Mills and Ashmont stores.

Downtown: Mulligans on Canal Street; Cosi at South Station (trucked in from Cambridge); Plaza Deli, second floor, 2 Center Plaza; City Hall Deli, eighth floor, Boston City Hall; Max's on Milk Street; the Milk Street Cafe; Flat Black Coffee on Broad Street has hot and iced espresso drinks; Finagle-a-Bagel in Government Center; Sip Cafe in Post Office Square Park; Grassroots Cafe, 101 Arch St.

Hyde Park: TC's, Fairmount Avenue.

Jamaica Plain: Dunkin' Donuts, Centre Street (across from the fire station).

Longwood Medical Area: All the hospitals have their own water supply, so everything should be running. Au Naturals at Brigham and Women's for example.

Milton: Dunkin' Donuts, East Milton Square.

North End: Boston Common on Salem Street. All out, but will have more Tuesday morning.

Roslindale: Select Cafe, Roslindale Square (across from the train station).

Roxbury: Peet's at Northeastern International Village, 1175 Tremont. No espresso, though.

Somerville: Mr. Crepe in Davis Square; Blue Shirt Cafe, Davis Square; Aroma Cafe (formerly Cafe Rossini and Cafe Lola), on Highland Ave. just past Cedar St.; The Biscuit, 406 Washington St.

South Boston: Doughboy Donuts, 220 Dorchester Ave.; Flour by the Children's Museum.

South End:: Dunkin' Donuts at Mass. Ave. and Columbus Ave.; Mohr & McPherson Cafe, 460 Harrison Ave.; Mike's City Diner on Washington Street (closes at 3).

Watertown: Joe's Variety, Orchard Street.

Across the area: Au Bon Pain shops have coffee; except the one at the Pru.