The buzz behind the buzz
Americans have a love affair with coffee. As a nation, we consume 400 million cups a day—146 billion cups a year. But coffee has come a long way in the last 50 years. Where instant (and later, freeze-dried) coffee and vacuum-sealed canisters of Chock Full o’Nuts were once kitchen staples, Americans’ tastes have become more sophisticated, thanks in large part to Starbucks. We have traded in our Mr. Coffees for the half-caff skim mochas and café Americanos whipped up by Starbucks baristas.
And the coffee intelligentsia will tell you that we’ve entered a new, post-Starbucks era, with small, independent coffee shops now introducing a farm-to-table sensibility to the coffee experience, often working directly with farmers in coffee-growing regions to secure the highest quality beans.
We encourage you to explore some of the numerous small craft coffeehouses located nearby in Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge. You might just taste something you like. Some of the most notable are:
Blue State Coffee
957 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
1642 Beacon St., Brookline
364 Broadway, Cambridge
44 Gainsborough St., Boston
563 Columbus Ave., Boston
Simon’s Coffee Shop
1736 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
165 Tremont St., Boston
295 Third St., Cambridge
Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore (SED’87) will host the first-ever BU Coffee Crawl on Friday, October 12, starting at 8 a.m. at Rize café, in the basement of the Center for Student Services, 100 Bay State Rd., and proceeding to several other local coffeehouses.
Click on the points in the map above for more information on the coffee shops listed.