Looking for good lattes in greater Boston - like in Seattle
Are there any coffee houses/restaurants/etc. that make "Seattle-style" lattes in Boston? The foam is thick, sometimes with leaf patterns, etc Here, it seems like the barista's are on an assembly line.
I recently returned from Seattle & now realize that I'm not getting 'real' lattes here. And I'm going through withdrawal.
What exactly is the problem with Boston lattes (I don't order them myself). Too little foam? Try asking for a cappuccino if that's the problem?
There are a few good coffee shops in the area--what neighborhood are you looking for? Over in Cambridge, there's Simon's, Crema and Voltage, in Somerville there's Diesel and Bloc 11, and there are no doubt a few respectable ones across the river as well.
Simon's Coffee House
1736 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Bloc 11 Cafe
11 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143
27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Voltage Coffee & Art
295 3rd St, Cambridge, MA 02142
I tried Voltage a couple of weeks ago, with high expectations - and I was unimpressed. My Americano was just not good. It tasted like the beans were way past their prime, or they pre-ground the coffee well before my order. I'm willing to give them another try, this time I'll have an espresso and see if they nail it. Milk-based coffee drinks can conceal bad coffee and poor technique, you've got to try it black to really taste the coffee.
True, but diluting espresso also isn't the best way to taste coffee...try an espresso and see what you think. I've always been very impressed with Voltage.
To the OP's question, Voltage definitely has the most inventive lattes around, with lots of interesting flavors. If you are after micro-textured foam and latte art, the options above are all good choices. Simon's is probably my favorite coffee place in the area, at least until Barimo opens dwellTime. You can also try the brand new Render Coffee Bar in the South End, Pavement on Boylston west of Mass Ave., Taste Coffee House in Brookline Village, or even 1369, whose baristas do very nice milk-based drinks. SIP downtown is also very nice and often overlooked.
Boston has a great and flourishing coffee scene right now, in my opinion it is one of our real strengths.
I like Simon's - count me as a fan. But not in the same league as Stumptown, in my opinion. There was just a level of professionalism at Stumptown that I haven't seen in Boston very often, if at all. Of course, I am usually in Simon's on the weekends, so maybe I am getting the 'B' team.
Will have to try Pavement soon.