It seems easy enough to grind some coffee beans, run some water through them, and then create a portrait of Smokey the Bear on top. But it turns out that getting the consistency, the correct temperature of water, and the proportionate eye sizes are all incredibly difficult - far too much work for our dreary morning-selves. Here are our favorite coffee shops that we’re still turning to these days for our animalistic caffeine needs.
Going to Broadsheet always makes us feel good, which means we’ve been visiting pretty frequently during the quarantine. They’ve got great coffee and pastries - you’ll definitely want to wake up early for their stellar croissants on the weekends. If you want to keep practicing your home barista skills, Broadsheet is also still selling beans for pickup and delivery, and is open 8am-3pm during the week, and 9am-4pm on the weekends.
Revival Cafe has branches in Alewife and Davis Square, though we’re partial to the Davis Square location primarily because of its nice shaded patio space. The coffee here is good - especially when paired with an egg, feta, and sunflower seed pesto sandwich - and they’ve got some pretty nice coffee mugs for sale too. Revival is open every day from 8am-3pm at both locations.
Dorchester’s Ripple Cafe serves some of the best iced coffee around. It’s good enough on its own for us to keep coming back, but as an added bonus, Ripple is also one of the few Black-owned coffee shops in the city. They’re open Mon-Fri, 7am-3pm, and Saturday from 8am-3pm.
One of our favorite things about The Square Root used to be that it transformed into a live music venue on the weekends. While we wait for those days to return, we’ll happily order takeout from their extensive coffee and craft beer menus. While they’re usually open from 7am onwards during the week and 8am on the weekends, they do change hours from time to time, so make sure to follow along on Instagram for the most up-to-date information.
We could go on and on about the liege waffles at Curio, but we get it - you’re skeptical that any waffle can truly be life changing. It’s true, we shouldn’t put that much pressure on sugar and flour. But what we can tell you is that the waffle here can make your life slightly better, which is pretty damn good for times like these. Curio is open 7am-2pm during the week, and 8am-3pm on the weekends. On Friday evenings, Curio also sells bottles of wine to-go.
We like that people forget about Remnant as a coffee shop, primarily because it means we get the patio mostly to ourselves in the morning. But we’re feeling generous, and honestly, after months of talking to our bread starters it’s nice to have other human beings around again - so please join us. Remnant’s cafe is open from 8am-2pm, Fri-Sun.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what we love so much about Loyal Nine. Maybe it’s the fried steel-cut oats, or the well-made espresso drinks, or the open-all-day patio. Whatever it is, we’re big fans - especially since they’re now serving lobster rolls for the summer. Outdoor dining and takeout are both available Tues-Sun, from 9am onwards.
CuppaCoffee is tucked away in the corner of the South End, under an apartment building and right next to the expressway, but it’s well-worth seeking out for some excellent espresso drinks and Australian meat pies. They’re open 6am-1:30pm, and their West End location will also be reopening on July 13th.