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Coffee 101

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

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon St., Brookline

364 Broadway, Cambridge

Pavement Coffeehouse
44 Gainsborough St., Boston

563 Columbus Ave., Boston

Simon’s Coffee Shop
1736 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Thinking Cup
165 Tremont St., Boston

Voltage Coffee
295 Third St., Cambridge

Click on the points in the map above for more information on the coffee shops listed.

Find more tips on how to navigate college life in our series Campus Life 101.

Devin Hahn, Producer/Editor, BU Today, Bostonia, Boston University
Devin Hahn

Devin Hahn can be reached at dhahn@bu.edu.

5 Comments on Coffee 101

  • MIchael Zank on 10.12.2012 at 8:42 am

    Try Café Fixe on Washington Square. It’s a cut above the rest. It also features excellent music, mostly, but not exclusively, vintage jazz.

  • rachel on 10.12.2012 at 9:18 am

    check out this blog post about caffeine in coffee! its a real eye opener. badoom cha.

    yours truly,
    the nerve (BU’s undergraduate neuroscience bloggers)


  • Sue on 10.17.2012 at 11:20 am

    Nice work, Evan. Most of the time, I can’t hear half the things Ryan says about coffee when I’m at Blue State. His soul is too fluffy as Gabby would say.
    Professor Merry White seems awesome, she’s like a Betsey Johnson.

  • Samantha M Khosla on 09.30.2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am a fan of Wired Puppy on Newbury Street.


  • Taryn on 10.03.2013 at 3:31 pm

    Check out Athan’s Bakery on Washington Sq. and another in Brighton Center.

    They are roasting their own coffee beans!

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