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GETTING OUT: The Best Coffee in Central Mass

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Some Latte Art from Bean Counter

National Coffee Day is this Saturday. Sure, for many, every day is coffee day, but now there is a special holiday to celebrate America's need for caffeine. Many national chains like McDonalds and 7-eleven are offering great deals on coffee this week in honor of the day, but don’t forget about the many terrific local joints that offer some of the tastiest and most unique flavors and blends of coffee you'll ever find. Here are just a few places in the Worcester area that can help you celebrate National Coffee Day.

InHouse Coffee
InHouse Coffee features an extensive selection of all the types, blends, and flavors of coffee one could dream of.  Get some much needed energy from their various selection of espressos, or try their tasty and unique Chocolate Raspberry, Blueberry Cobbler, or Caramel Apple roasts. There is much more where that came from. You will be sure to find a flavor you'll enjoy.
225 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Bean Counter Bakery

It will be hard to find a bakery or coffee shop that puts more effort into providing you with a pleasant viewing experience of your food or drink before you dig in. Look to see if the fresh, micro-roasted, premium brew in your coffee cup has a lovely design on the surface before taking a sip. The shop has won numerous awards for both its coffee and desserts.
113 Highland Street, Worcester

Acoustic Java
What makes Acoustic Java especially unique is its hands-on and caring approach to the coffee they make for you. All beans are roasted on site in small batches each day. Beans are shipped directly from their places of origin, perhaps Ethiopia or Sumatra for example, and are not blended together so you can be sure you are getting an authentic brew of fresh java.
932 A Main Street, Worcester

An Espresso from InHouse Coffee. Courtesy of WorcesterScene.com

Eric's LaPatisserie Cafe
This relaxed coffee, pastry, and sandwich shop is home to the famous Gorilla Nut Coffee. They also have an extensive breakfast and lunch catering menu to go with your delicious beverage. And they deliver! In addition, during the season they supply the Worcester Sharks with Breakfast and Lunch. If they love it, so will you!
252 Commercial Street, Worcester

Black Diamond Coffee
Black Diamond Coffee has a terrific selection of espressos, plus iced and even frozen coffee. The shop has its own signature Black Diamond Mocha, (which includes white chocolate, swirls of caramel and teamed milk) and a number of other tasty Mocha and latte flavors as well. They also sell coffee in 12 oz bags if you wish to take some home with you.
307 Grafton Street, Shrewsbury

Z Cafe
Z-Cafe isn't open Saturday or Sunday but if you want to take a quick break from work on a Friday or you have a long weekend in store, Z-Cafe is the perfect to hop in and grab quick bit to eat with some coffee. You can then explore the numerous famed Worcester attractions around it. Try some Vanilla Chai or a frozen Mochachino.
389 Main Street, Worcester

NU Cafe
Once just a simple coffee and latte shop, NU Cafe is now an acclaimed, full-blown restaurant, but they have not forgotten their roots. They offer an extensive selection of tasty coffee flavors in five different roasts and a new coffee of the day each day. The coffee is certified organic and primarily fair trade for those socially conscious folk. Friday is open mic night!
335 Chandler Street, Worcester

Boston Donuts
Boston Donuts is famous among college students for its extensive array of coffee and cappuccino flavors. Some of the more unique entries on the succulent list of coffee flavors include Snicker Doodle, Strawberry Shortcake, French Toast and even Twix. Cappuccino selections include Pumpkin Spice and Strawberry. In addition to the location in Worcester, there are also three in Fitchburg.
338 Park Avenue, Worcester


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