Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jolly Bean Cafe....(the friendliest and the funniest)

I did have an unfair advantage before my assignment to visit a coffee shop.  I knew the owner of a coffee shop.  Amanda Roy is the proprietor and personality of the appropriately named Jolly Bean Cafe.  She literally sells happiness.  Fun is infectious and a welcomed change to some of the coffee snobbery that can be found in other shops.  You really get to enjoy your food and coffee here!!

Review by Gary Parmenter -- posted by Dr. Hayes-Bohanan on his behalf because of technical difficulties.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Blue Fire Coffee Roasters

I had heard from a friend about Blue Fire and was not sure what to expect when I walked in at 4 Rosendale Dr.  What I felt at first was a sense of confusion.  Upon entering the establishment, I saw two couches on the left, a desk and table with carafes atop it to my right, and a warehouse straight ahead.  This lost feeling faded quickly as the VP Bill came out to greet me.  I had a cup of coffee in my hand and a smile on my face in no time as Bill and I chatted about coffee and other topics for the next 30 minutes.  I have been back on numerous occasions, and every encounter with Bill and owner Patrick have been amazing to say the least.  The two were kind enough to cup some samples with them and show me the roasting process firsthand.  Blue Fire operates mainly as a roaster and is not the typical cafe.  That is, to say that you should not visit expecting to get a flashy half-cafe coconut milk latte, but if you are looking for an amazing cup of coffee (black or with cream or sugar) and conversation then this is the place for you.

By: Sean Doherty

Monday, May 8, 2017

Elvera's Cafe Review

When I walked into Elvera’s Café, to say the least they were very welcoming. Walking into the establishment you will find that it is built to look like a mid-fifties café. One would not expect to hear that its beginning year of production was 2015. Getting to the most important part, the coffee that I purchased, which was a “peanut butter bomb swirl”. It was not only highly caffeinated, but extremely good tasting. In my honest opinion way better than any local Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Overall, the quality of their coffee has increased my expectations highly when I drink coffee from now on. Elvera’s made me realize that there are other coffee shops around us and even though some may be independent, does not mean it is not a better cup of coffee. I highly recommend giving this place a try if you are a coffee fanatic like I am.
Their address is: 132 Main St, Brockton, MA 02301

Friday, May 5, 2017

Coffee Break Coffee

Coffee Break Coffee has been a high quality coffee shop around in Quincy Massachusettes' for 20 years. There is 3 different locations to get this wonderful coffee. One store is located in Wollaston Beach, Quincy Center, and a newer location has just been added to Milton. They have a large menu full of various items besides their gourmet coffee. They are also know for their fresh daily bakery items and bagels. CBC also has yummy frozen drinks and teas for the non-coffee fans. The atmosphere of all the stores are very comfortable and supportive of the community. On certain nights they have live music featuring local artists, with artwork all around the room. This is a great place to get coffee and go, or also a great place to grab a cup and sit in the comfortable atmosphere and enjoy reading a book or newspaper.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Better Bean Coffee Company

Better Bean Coffee Co. is located in the center of Bridgewater. It is directly on the rotary.
The hours of operation are: Monday-Friday 7am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 7am-4pm

Better Bean is a small, quiet coffee shop with salads, sandwiches, and coffee drinks.
They have a comfy seating area both inside as well as tables set up outside for nice days.

Better Bean has art work displayed from local artists each month and allows customers to purchase the art if they please. They are very involved with the community. They also sell bags of coffee such as dark roast and light roast. They host karaoke nights and open mic nights for the community on Friday nights as a way of bringing people together.

There are several Dunkin Donuts' within 1 mile of Better Bean as well as a Marylous and Starbucks.

Big Bear cafe+espresso bar

Big Bear cafe+espresso bar is cool little coffee shop located in the middle of a popular Dedham Square. The experience I had was very unique because you really don't expect what you're gonna see when you walk in. A wall with a huge painted pair on it as its surface. As soon as I walked in, I was immediately greeted by a very nice guy with a huge smile. At the time I went, it was very early in the morning and it didn't look too busy but it definitely seemed like a very popular place. The coffee I had from their was very well made and fresh. I didn't try one of their specialty coffees but they are always offering new types of coffee and food specials. They have fun with their theme and make it a very relaxing place to go get work done or even just to go hangout. I do plan on going pack as it was an enjoyable experience.

Located at: 3 Eastern Ave, Dedham, Ma 02026

Chris Gemayel

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sip Brew Bar & Eatery

The coffee shop i decided to visit was Sip Brew Bar & Eatery in San Antonio, Texas. I went to the coffee shop when i was visiting there on spring break.

Inside the coffee shop was a pretty standard setup for a coffee shop. There were a few seats around for people to sit at and a couple of couches for people to sit on as well. The people who were mostly coming in when i went were college students and people coming in for their coffee break's. When those people came in they would stay for a while also and not just grab and go. The menu at the shop was pretty standard they served coffee and beverages along that line. Food wise they had a couple of wraps you could get as well as pastries so the shop was mostly a place to get a beverage.
  Overall i thought the coffee shop was a pretty good place it was a very relaxing environment that had a fair amount of people coming in and out of the shop. If you're ever in San Antonio and need a break from exploring the city i highly recommend Sip Brew Bar & Eatery!

Robert Smith

The Better Bean Coffee Company

As soon as I walked into this coffee shop the first thing I noticed was the aroma. It smelled so good, like no coffee shop I have been into before. The workers their were beyond helpful and nice. When I told them I was here for a class they were just so helpful. The workers were telling us all the types of coffees they had and explaining the coffee flavor chart they had. The man working gave us so much information. Best of all the coffee and cookies are amazing! If you never been there you must go now!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Green Bean

 Green Bean!

Green Bean is a cute little shop in downtown New Bedford.

Although it is always very busy, the place has a chill vibe. Being in the middle of downtown a lot of people get their order to go during their breaks, or on their way to work or class. But, a lot of people take a seat too! There are comfy couches to sit and do some work, or tables and a bar to to sit with a friend or even by yourself. The employees are very welcoming, cheery, and are happy to assist you in whatever you need whether it be questions about the coffee (like I had) or just to take your order!

Their coffee is delicious! They get their beans from Coastal Roasters a local roasting/brewing company in Tiverton, RI. They have  a few different options when it comes to how you ant your coffee roasted. Their light roast is from Costa Rica, their medium roast is from Kenya and dark is from Sumatra! They have a wide assortment of tea as well and can't forget about the great assortment of real mugs it it served in.
Not only do they serve amazing coffee, but they are known for their vegan/vegetarian options and healthy fruit smoothies! There is a little something for everyone. 

If you are ever in the area, I would definitely recommend taking the time to stop by Green Bean!

740 Purchase St
New Bedford, MA


By: Mia Pelletier 

Coffee Break Cafe - Wollaston, MA

Coffee Break Café is a local chain of coffee shops, with locations in Quincy Center, Wollaston, and East Milton.  The CBC I visited was the Wollaston Branch.  It is on a side road next to the Wollaston Train Station, located at 12 Old Colony Ave., Wollaston, Quincy MA, 02170.  The shop is a perfect size, and features a kind staff, comfortable seating, and of course, excellent coffee! They offer plenty of different coffee flavors, both traditional and seasonal.  They also make great frozen drinks, like a refreshing frozen strawberry lemonade if coffee is not quite your thing.  The food is good, including a wide selection of fresh bagels and specialty cream cheeses, like spinach artichoke and buffalo chicken. The shop has many promotional campaigns they will partake in all throughout the year, on top of their yearly promos like getting every 11th coffee free, and getting an extra large drink for the price of a medium when you buy the official CBC travel mug.  I highly recommend this Coffee Break Café location!!!

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Gunther Tooties

Gunther Tooties is a Massachusetts based cafe with five locations in Pembroke, Hanover, Duxbury, Quincy, and Plymouth. The location I went to was in Quincy located a short walk away from Quincy Center. It was spacious and had big windows that lit up the whole cafe making a welcoming environment.

The menu was rich with options from a standard black coffee to salads and sandwiches to desserts like tiramisu and carrot cake. There were a lot of seating options that let people have the option of staying to enjoy or take their item(s) to go. I got a vanilla iced latte which was okay, not the best I ever had as it was a little too milky for my liking. 
They also had their own flavored beans and merchandise.
Here is a map of where you can find it.