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Best coffee downtown?

Liz B May 2, 2007 06:02 AM

Hi Boston Hounds --

I just moved here from San Francisco and am desperate to find a decent cup of coffee anywhere near my office, in Post Office Square. I'm a longtime Peets fan, and am thrilled that they have an outpost at Federal and High, but is there anywhere else that comes close to coffee that good in the downtown area? I'm all set for brewing at home -- just need a place to run to midmorning.

On a related note, can anyone tell me why my coworkers keep telling me how great Dunkin Donuts coffee is? This totally floors me.

Thanks so much in advance for your help.

  1. finlero May 2, 2007 07:09 AM

    Welcome to Boston!

    I work in PO Square, and as far as I'm concerned, Peets is it in the downtown area.

    For a change of pace, I'll occasionally go to Flat Black on Broad Street, a pretty decent local roaster.

    Pressed Sandwiches on Oliver St. serves Terroir Coffee, another fairly respected local roaster.

    When I have the time, and I'm in the mood for espresso, I'm a big fan of Caffe Paradiso in the North End. A lot of people also like Caffe Vittoria across the street; I have nothing against it, but am slightly partial to the overall balance of the espresso at Paradiso.

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    1. re: finlero
      Scotty100 May 2, 2007 07:15 AM

      I agree...Dunkin Donuts coffee?!! Puuhhhleeeze...awful. Just as bad as starbucks...nothing more than warm milk in a cup. It kinda annoys me why people think this is "good" or in fact that this is actually "coffee"...its not on both accounts. The marketing machines of these corps. do a good job in fooling the masses...

      1. re: Scotty100
        resipsaloquitor May 2, 2007 10:16 AM

        The only way I can drink DD's coffee is iced. In other words, totally watered down so I can't actually taste their coffee.

      2. re: finlero
        Alcachofa May 2, 2007 07:17 AM

        Terroir Coffee is excellent to brew at home. Do not purchase it at Pressed Sandwiches, however, as they do not brew it properly.

      3. mjg0725 May 2, 2007 07:05 AM

        Not sure if this is too far of a walk, but I like to get coffee from Red Barn Coffee inside of Faneuil Hall (In the small building next to the greenhouse on the Gov't Center Side). http://www.redbarncoffee.com

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        1. re: mjg0725
          Joanie May 2, 2007 07:31 AM

          Not really downtown but yes, Red Barn is worth the walk.

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