New England is a region known for its seafood, tranquil autumns and rich history, among other things. One thing that residents and visitors will agree on is that New England is also home to some of the best coffee shops in America. If you are planning on visiting and need to know where to stop for a quick jolt, consider these six shops among the tops in the region.
Three Bridges Coffeehouse (Connecticut)
Three Bridges Coffeehouse in Shelton lives up to its promise of being “a sweet place to gather.” This cozy, atmospheric coffee shop serves up some inspired drinks that range from small batch roasted, fresh brewed coffee to elegant café au lait to refreshing ice latte. If you love strong black coffee, try Three Bridges’ Downtown Blend, which is mild and smooth with an earthy finish.
Bard Coffee (Maine)
Portland’s Bard Coffee promises a story in every cup thanks to its choice of methods. Thought and care goes into sourcing, roasting and preparing its coffees literally from the ground up, and that experience is only enriched by Bard’s kindly and skilled baristas. Bard Coffee’s Old Port location is ideal for both enjoying the story told by each cup and for enjoying the stories in the day’s paper or in the next book in your to-be-read pile.
Flat Black Coffee (Massachusetts)
With six locations around the state — four in Boston and two in Dorchester — Flat Black Coffee is among the most popular coffee choices for all of Massachusetts. Helping in that claim is a pair of top honors from past U.S. Barista Championships, including third place in the America’s Best Espresso category in 2013 and second place in the same category in 2014. The signature Boomerang Espresso is a balanced, bright and bitter blend that drinks wonderfully on its own or in a steamy latte.
Café Monte Alto (New Hampshire)
Café Monte Alto celebrates 20 years in 2017 and its premium-quality, shade-grown Arabica coffee remains among the finest to be had in all of Plymouth. The café proper is a quaint and quiet spot for contemplation and conversation, with walls adorned in local artwork fit for observation and inspiration. Though the coffee may very well be the star attraction, multiple visits warrant trying Monte Alto’s dirty chai and hot chocolate, not to mention fresh juices and delicious sandwiches available at the deli.
The Shop (Rhode Island)
With so much focus on the quality of its coffee and the hospitality of its venue, it’s no wonder that there wasn’t enough left over to give Fox Point’s The Shop a more creative or catchy name. The simple name does the trick, though, as it enhances The Shop’s efforts to make its coffee and soothing atmosphere the star attraction. Bring your appetite with you, as The Shop offers some truly inspired fare ranging from steel-cut oat and buckwheat porridge to unforgettable apple cheddar corn muffins with butter and honey.
Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Tea (Vermont)
The family behind Burlington’s Uncommon Grounds has been sourcing and roasting coffee for more than two decades, and that experience can be tasted in every cup. The house blend is a medium dark that drinks like a dream morning, noon and night, and the new Kenya AA Karani has quickly ascended to the position of a staff and customer favorite. If you enjoy a spot of tea as well, Uncommon Grounds has a great abundance of rich flavors, including a must-try Bella Coola herbal tea.
Whether you like it light or mild, black or with sugar, these fine establishments are more than capable of meeting — and surpassing — your coffee needs.
This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.