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.
There are just not enough places in Cambridge that can serve up good latte, never mind latte with designs in the foam at the top, Jaime van Schnydel sighs:
... I live in Cambridge and there are a handful of baristas who can pour latte art at different shops. I can name on one hand the number of people who pull me consistently good shots, it's that small. Sure there is some latte art and fascination with the patterns, but truth is there are few really good shots to be had in this town. ...
My mornings have a basic routine. I stop at the Dunkin near my house and get my morning fix of coffee. Turbo ice, with two shots of espresso, no sugar and a splat of cream. No matter what else changes about me, I always take my coffee the same way.
I have been on a diet since the first of the year, dropping over 50 pounds and 6 clothing sizes. While I have regained a few of those pounds, I have promised myself I would get back on track, moving more and eating less. Which has worked for me so far.
Until today, at Dunkin Donuts.
A recent article in the Boston Globe, asking the question why another donut chain failed in Massachusetts mentioned DD sells more coffee than donuts. Even the newest adds for DD mention their coffee, and other drinks ignoring the donuts for which the store is named. Because, America, or at least this American runs on Dunkin. Coffee, not donuts, but this morning, they got me.
My rumor-mongering friends tell me that signs have been spotted in two separate Dunkie's locations around the city of Boston today indicating that Tuesday, May 23rd, will be Free Iced Coffee Day at Dunkin' Donuts! The Dunkie's website doesn't mention it, although a Googlification of the matter indicates that May 23rd and June 8th seem to be free iced coffee days at Dunkie's in certain states. Massachusetts, however, is not mentioned.
As far as I am concerned, this is head and shoulders above free cone day at Ben & Jerry's. Does anyone have any additional info?
Dude. I'm loving the new Starbucks doubleshot promo where the guy rides around near North Station on a Starbucks bike and hands out doubleshots from his bike basket. I'm wondering how effective it really is as a promotion though, because I'm getting at least one per day from this guy, so I'm not going to need to buy the stuff ever. But hey, free boing. Gotta love that.