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
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... Read more
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
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... Read more
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... Read more
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 Macchiatoâ€¦ 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... Read more
... 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... Read more
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... Read more
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. ...... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.