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Rage Against the Coffee Machine

Aficionados call it coffee's "third WAVE." Bostonians might call it the backlash against Dunkies.
How to jump on the plug-free brewing bandwagon at home
By STEVE HOLT  |  October 19, 2012

5 secrets for making non-drip coffee at home

Cabell Tice, head barista at Thinking Cup, tells all.

By STEVE HOLT AND BRADEN CHANG  |  October 19, 2012

On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
DIY dessert in Davis Square
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 12, 2012

Purists push coffee to its limits

Everyone knows that geeks are ruining our culture and economy.
Obsession with perfection
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 07, 2012

Creating an all-local restaurant (mostly)

It has become almost second nature for area restaurants to use local ingredients and to establish working relationships with nearby farmers and fishermen.
Pushing the proximity limit
By AMY ANDERSON  |  June 22, 2012

Photos: Boston baristas hit up Northeast Regional Barista Competiton

Boston baristas Daria Whalen and Wolfie Barn competed in the Northeast Regional Barista Competition, Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, 2012.
Northeast Regional Barista Competition | Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, 2012
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  March 02, 2012


On the Cheap: Green T Coffee Shop

With only six items on the menu and four tables to sit at, Mission Hill's new Green T Coffee Shop could best be described as minimalist.
Minimalism done right
By JASMINE LYWEN-DILL  |  March 02, 2012

Marcy's new owners step up, but not overly far

Inheritance is the problem of the modern age.
Preserving a treasure
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 24, 2012
Portlandia TV

May you and Portlandia be very happy together!

Thanks to Portlandia I now know way too much about you guys and your grody inner lives. It's not the show itself — it doesn't have that power. It's your horrifying enthusiasm for the show that has granted me this mirror.
O! Lucky you!
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  February 17, 2012
PHX Student Survival 101: Coffee shops where you can grab free WiFi and (usually) an outlet

PHX Student Survival 101: Coffee shops where you can grab free WiFi and (usually) an outlet

Oh students of Boston, we feel your pain. It's that time of year again, the time when a glorious month of freedom is just weeks...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 08, 2011

What company are you from?

Confused by the "Occupy" movement, whether "Occupy Wall Street" or "Occupy Maine" or "Occupy the one-person bathroom in the coffee place" or whatever else?
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 11, 2011


Review: Thinking Cup Coffee Bar

This past December, Thinking Cup Coffee Bar opened downtown, serving up strong brew in an atmosphere that fosters low-tech creativity.
Toning down technology and one-upping fair trade
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 02, 2011
Best of El Planeta 2011

Best of El Planeta 2011

Choosing a side in the ongoing Boca Grande vs. Anna's Taqueria vs. Chipotle vs. Qdoba burrito war is a great step toward figuring out your...
By Katie Lannan  |  August 12, 2011
Jaho Coffee and Tea brings Slow-Life to South End

Review: Jaho Coffee & Tea

Jaho is dedicated to slow living and slow brewing, but the haughty morning attitude of Boston commuters rushing for a cup may challenge this shop's efforts to make caffeine consumption relaxing.
A slow-life beverage chem lab opens in the South End
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 17, 2011

Facebook group becomes an organizing force

When Governor Paul LePage returned to the Blaine House after his Jamaican vacation on Monday, he got a special welcome-home gift: an oversized card, signed by 1300 of his constituents (plus some balloons and Jamaican Me Crazy coffee!).
Maine's majority
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2011

Review: Upstairs at the Public Market House

Everybody likes a scrappy tale of redemption. So when a scrappy redemption actually succeeds, it is especially gratifying. Perhaps that explains why it is so pleasant to sit upstairs at the Public Market House.
Gustatory altitude
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 21, 2011


Savin Scoop

Savin Hill brings its own nice splash of character to Dorchester, but until November, if you wanted to sit and relax with an iced coffee with cream or a coffee ice cream, you were out of luck.
Can this ice-cream parlor scoop out a place for itself?
By D. BARKER  |  December 17, 2010

Beer: It's what's for breakfast

Breakfast beers aren't for everyone. People will think you have a problem. But we aren't talking about a hair-of-the-dog here — we're drinking beer because it goes great with breakfast!
Good morning!
By JOSH SMITH  |  December 03, 2010

Mohr and McPherson Café

A recent New York Times article outlined how some café owners, tired of laptop-banging customers who linger for free Wi-Fi, are pulling the plug on Internet access.
Good coffee, snacks, and an escape from the isolation of your lonely home office
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 03, 2010

Review: Village Heart Bakery Café

It's a straightforward principle but the Village Hearth Bakery Café has perfected it: keep things simple and the quality will shine through.
A truly Continental breakfast, and much more
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 03, 2010

Always hot or cold

By KARL STEVENS  |  August 13, 2010

Bell ringers and brown nosers

It was a number of months ago when I first observed a guy who was working as a barista at the coffee place I favor in the morning ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 14, 2010

The Spot Café

Your typical cheap-eats reviewer spends a lot of time in diners: they're America's original inexpensive quick-service restaurants, and most are a step up from modern fast-food franchises.
To spot the great diner, check out the bread
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 05, 2010

Cafe 57 and Grille

I've always felt a little sorry for Brighton; it's a lovely residential neighborhood, but seems short on decent places for a quick bite.
Fresh flavors and super-friendly service in an indie neighborhood restaurant
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 22, 2010


In 50 states and 49 countries, the experience is the same: a placid sense of place, air suffused with the rich aromatics of fresh-brewed espresso. Customers dollop cream and sprinkle brown sugar into their drinks. Behind the counter, green-clad baristas
The meteoric rise and startling fall of Starbucks is emblematic of the contemporary American dream — just ask the history professor who's been to 425 branches
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009

Triple shot

As a sign of difficult economic times, a turnover in cafés is a noisy indicator but a significant one.
Visiting three new Portland cafés
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 06, 2009

Living Colour, Michael Madsen, and Rhody's new media

The travails of the Providence Journal are the stuff of coffee house and talk radio chatter. And the troubles afflicting the local newscast fill the pages of this week's Phoenix .
Rhode Island has seen its share of media strife in recent years.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 26, 2009

Scup's in the Harbor

Scouting out great cheap restaurants takes me down some strange byways, but I almost never make it to Boston's waterfront. Most places with water views tend to be overpriced or mediocre. Perhaps it's the high cost of picturesque real estate, or that own
How refreshing: a waterfront joint that's actually quite good
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 26, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: May 1, 2009

Is Rick Wormwood an inbred Maineiac as some would speculate?
Loving Maine

Dr. Lovemonkey: What would Jimmy do?

I met the most beautiful woman the other day ... Although I am attracted to her, I don't want to have an affair.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  March 31, 2009