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Apr 27, 2008 05:59 PM

Crema, new coffe house in Harvard Square

In Harvard Square today, stumbled into “soft-opening” day of the new coffee house mentioned on this board a few weeks ago, It’s called Crema, on Brattle Square (it used to be Au Bon Pain)

The use terroir coffee; I had an espresso and my DC had a double shot cappuccino, 2% dry.; both very nicely presented, both were excellent coffee experiences.

I had an apple scone, ham and cheese croissant and a macaroon; DC dug into a pear muffin and fruit/yoghurt—great late breakfast--all the baked goods we tasted were light, and very good. Also tasted their lemonade, which was truly fine, flavored with ginger—we’ve seen a lot of griping about lousy lemonade recently, this was positively great!

The space is attractive, with exposed brick walls, lots of wood, calm colors and a few attractive photographs (apparently taken by George Howells himself); there’s an upstairs balcony for longer sitting sessions and stools on the main floor for briefer refueling visits.

It looks like it will be a real addition to the local coffee scene.

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  1. oh that's fantastic news, thanks for posting this. i only hope the place doesn't get so overrun by kids that you can't find a seat!

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    1. re: autopi

      Are you kidding? That's a Ground Zero for Harvard Square - it will be crowded always (seating for 84.)

    2. This place is owned and run by the daughter of the people who own/run Flat Patties. I had a great chat with the owner of Flat Patties, and he told me about the care they're putting into the selection of coffees and the making of pastries at this new place. Given how great Flat Patties is, I can't wait to try it.

      1. I got a peek at the menu a couple of weeks ago.. I am super stoked about the sandwiches! There will be a Cuban sandwich (YES!) and something like turkey and jarlsberg- and I'm pretty sure there was a Nutella and banana sandwich on there too! I can't wait for them to open, the prices look fairly reasonable- I get a new lunch place!
        Has anyone else noticed the sign for the Market that will be opening on Church St nearby? It says it will be 24 hours!

        1. Today Crema was officially open- I stopped by around lunchtime and got a ham and cheese croissant and a lemon curd filled cupcake. They were both yummy, but unfortunately when I went back for dinner to try the Cuban- they were only serving drinks... I'll report back as soon as I try the sandwiches, I just wish they would post some hours!

          1. I just made a post to the broader board about Crema being open, likely it will be moved here... check it out. All good news so far, and a welcome addition to Harvard Square!