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:

Worst of all was that in addition to taking up space and sucking up electricity, I wasn't tipping. Every

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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...Read more

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 :(

The cafe started as a Herrell's ice-cream shop in 1984, but split from Herrell's last year when the chain decided to bring...Read more

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.

Each competitor will prepare espresso, latte/cappuccino art and original signature drinks to exacting standards in a six-minute performance set to their choice of music. Local celebrity judges will evaluate each performance, including barista knowledge,

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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 66 Brighton Ave..

Thomas McManus, owner of Espresso Love on Martha's Vineyard, told the Boston Licensing Board that in addition to espresso and other coffee varieties, he would also serve sandwiches, soups, quiches and...Read more

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.Read more

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 ...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

By - 3/11/10 - 9:32 am

A company founded by a Harvard professor is rolling out inhalable coffee, the Crimson reports:

In celebration of the official launch, a group of 30 Le Whif employees and fans gathered yesterday in Cambridge restaurant Tory Row to sample the newly released inhalable coffee lipstick-sized tubes—each of which contains the same amount of caffeine as one shot of espresso.

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By - 10/3/09 - 1:22 pm

We'll find out Oct. 24 during Boston's first barista competition - in Dorchester.Read more

By - 10/2/09 - 9:15 am

The Globe (and BBC and Advertising Age, and many more) report the resignation (news release here) of Dunkin's president and chief brand officer, William Kussell. The Globe's short article isn't enough to tell the hole story, but it sounds as if CEO Nigel Travis, who was brought in about a year ago, decided there were several grounds for Kussell's...Read more

By - 9/7/09 - 6:20 pm

Megan Johnson reports that whenever she goes there, there is always this older guy at the corner, sitting in a Mercedes convertible just reading. Hermoves takes his picture.Read more

By - 7/30/09 - 9:21 am

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

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By - 7/21/09 - 3:27 pm

On WBUR's Public Radio Kitchen, Susan McGrory notes the full-frontal assault launched in another Dunkin' Donuts hotbed - Manhattan - by Canadian donut powerhouse Tim Hortons.

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...Read more

By - 7/14/09 - 8:13 am

Nathanael reports it's at the In House Cafe in Allston.Read more

By - 7/1/09 - 3:38 pm

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

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By - 7/1/09 - 9:15 am

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

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