Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rick's Music World, Raynham Ma

Hours of Operation 
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm
Fri 11am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12pm-5pm

Rick's Music is a instrument shop and a small school of musical instruction. Found on RT 44 in a little corner of it's mini plaza, they have a small cafe open to anyone who wants to sit and enjoy a little coffee, food and music.

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Rick's Music is a delightful place to spend some of your time at for a somewhat decent cup of coffee. They serve Richard Alan's Gold Label most of the time. It is a light roast coffee comparable to a McDonald's cup of coffee. On occasion they also serve an additional choice, usually a flavored coffee such as blueberry, cinnamon roll, ect. The bags of coffee they use are pre measured, pre roasted, and pre ground to be used in a coffee dispensing machine. This takes away from the potential of the cup of coffee but this should not deter you from trying out the place as they have much more to offer.

Their cafe on the left offers plenty of snacks, personal pizzas, sandwiches, and soft drinks. On the right there is a small stage and seating arrangement where you can listen to many talented students or even live bands play. The people who work here are extremely friendly and know quite a bit about music as to be expected. So if you want to enjoy a little place with some good music, give Rick's a try and maybe with enough support, their cafe will improve their coffee.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cutty's in Brookline, MA

Cutty's, which is located in Brookline Village, MA, is a  really popular cafe that serves breakfast and lunch for a lot of customers. They have 16 seats, which is a good size for a cafe so they can maintain quieter atmosphere inside of the shop.

Even though it seems like their best recommendation and concentration is on their handcrafted bread and sandwiches, you can also enjoy coffee at this place. They also serve tea in this cafe and here is the list.

George Howell Coffee; They get this from Acton, Massachusetts
Upton Tea; They get this from Holliston, Massachusetts

So I placed my order for an iced coffee and a roast beef sandwich and both were really enjoyable. They give so much effort to keep their ingredients fresh and they were awarded for one of best sandwiches in Boston in 2013. It is a must-go place for a fancy brunch. Their main focus might not be on coffee but they said they always concern freshness for everything.

Customers were ranged from families with young kids to elder couples and the diversity was telling how popular it is. They do not have a lot of staff but each of them looked happy during the work.  

I ended up spending 9 dollars and it was a fair price. The visit to cutty's was so great and I would like to return again. It was great to know one of these great cafes in Massachusetts through this assignment. 

Everyday Cafe, Quincy

The Everyday Cafe is such a small place I couldn't initially find it on Google Earth. But it's where my mom and I would get coffee every morning before school when I was in the twelfth grade. 

It's located a mile or less away from the YMCA in Quincy.

They offer a lot of seasonal treats, like pumpkin spice latte in the fall, peppermint coco in the winter and frozen lemonade in the summer.

There is limited outdoor seating but we usually have to get to school anyway. I usually get a mocha blast which is served both hot or cold at a very reasonable price. The cafe was closed on the day of my visit but I believe they do have a dark roast which they call Jack and a light roast which they call Jill. I couldn't ask where it was from but I think the names are cute and they show great attention to detail. 

So visit the everyday cafe and get the mocha blast! You won't be sorry!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Marisol's Cafe

Marisol's Cafe
439 State Rd, Dartmouth, MA 02747
Britny Costa

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Pajama Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Holiday Hours Vary.

Exclusively serving: Jim’s Organic Coffee, Republic of Tea, Yerba Maté …and…. We’re also the only place you can get our SUPER-CHARGED, SUPER SEXXY CHiPPi
Coffee milk with an expresso shot, liquid dessert, or heaven in a cup.
We will never know what is a Chippi is really made of because the owner makes the secret ingredient before anyone gets there, even the employees
Flavor of the Month: Chocolate!

Aurora Blend: The lightest of the roasts
Italian Roast: The darkest & boldest of ‘em all,
Altogether Decaf: A mid-roast, flavorful coffee
Hazelnut, French Vanilla & Double Chocolate: Offers a natural and true flavor behind a richly textured coffee.

Other Beverages:
Lattes, Cappuccinos, Expresso, Chai, Hot Chocolate, Smoothies, Shakes, and Tea

Breakfast sandwiches and wraps
Lunch: Quesadillas, wraps, grilled cheese, salads and they have a kids menu
Dessert: Cookies, brownies, granola, fruit with yogurt

 Who Does This Cafe Appeal To?
The better question who doesn't this cafe appeal to. Morning, afternoon or just getting out of work, this place has customers from as young as 5 years old to one of their 83 year old regulars. There is seating outside and an open seating floor plan with areas varied throughout the cafe that are a little more private and intimate so that way meeting cans be held there or even studying.  This place can seat approximately 35-40 people comfortably, which is why Marisol's Cafe needs to expand because there are days where you have to park down the road or in the neighboring businesses parking lots because Marisol's new expanded parking lot is unable to hold all of their customers.

Overall, some people may say this place is a little pricey, but when you taste the quality of the beverages and food and you see how well this place is run, you will realize why this little cafe receives the business that it does. Good atmosphere, friendly and personable staff, it is clean and the coffee is always fresh and you know that it is in good hands before it even gets to Marisol's Cafe thanks to Jim's Organic Beans. And of course, the Chippi is amazing!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Panera Bread, Ron Davidson

Ha Ha, just kidding. I chose Panera Bread in Brockton, MA because it was in the town I live in, has been around for quite sometime and because I've always thought of it as a bit of a higher end place. To my surprise, when asked about the type of coffee, Arabica, Robusto etc. the young lady behind the counter had no answers, and simply said, "I think it's from Columbia but I don't really know about the coffee, since it isn't our main thing." Strange considering that on Google maps the only edible descriptive words for the business (aside from bread in the title) are coffee and tea.

So I place an order for a small coffee and remembered to say black as I wanted to get the full flavor of the coffee, that was when I was pointed to the thermoses behind me where I would be getting my own. Heading over with my paper cup in hand I was beginning to realize she wasn't joking about the second class outlook on coffee in this business. I looked at the dispensers and saw some plaques describing the coffees. No note of the bean type, but it did mention the regions of the blends, better than nothing anyway. There was also hazelnut and a space for dark roast where there was no container for it.

To my surprise, despite the lack of pride in coffee, I have to say that the light roast was actually pretty good. That is saying something for me, considering I don't drink black coffee because I usually find it to be too bitter. This however was smooth and had its own natural sweetness.
     The shop itself was set up with dividers so as to allow for some level of privacy/intimacy if so desired. There was a ranged of people coming in and out, from teenagers to collage students, to upper middle class moms, and a businessman sitting on his laptop taking advantage of the free WiFi. Although I was surprised by the lack of enthusiasm for product that gets so much attention I was adversely surprised by the quality of the coffee and the atmosphere was pleasant. I would go again but not make a habit of it, as I find $2 for a small coffee to be a bit much, and the rest of their products, (sandwiches etc.) are even more so.